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ECH M: Great fight! Belgium beat Slovenia to claim 2nd place in Pool C

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Belgium defeated Slovenia in exhausting four-setter in Varna (Bulgaria) 3-1 (27-25, 14-25, 27-25, 28-26). It was a straight duel of two teams competing for the second place in Pool C at the 2015 CEV European Championship. So, the „Red Dragons“ claimed it and will go in playoffs against the winner of Germany – Czech Republic clash. Sam Deroo scored 21 in Belgium, Klemen Čebulj 24 in Slovenia.



It seemed that Slovenia should easily win the first set as they had a three-point lead for much of the first half 11-8, 13-10. The players coached by Andrea Giani even had 16-14 at the second TTO. Belgians took over lead righ after that and didn’t let it go until the end. They had 24-21, but lost four points in a row: a service error, Rousseaux’s failure to simply throw the ball over the net, Urnauts counter attack and Rousseaux’s spike into the net – 25-24.  Then, Belgium scored a 3-0 run with Van Walle’s and Deroo’s kills and Kozamernik’s long touch.

The second set brought a lot less uncertainty. Actually, there was none. Slovenia did the same like in the first set, but this time gained a larger gap and kept it all the way, 5-2, 9-5, 12-7, 17-11…  Belgium have stabilized their play in the moment when it was too late. Gašparini’s series of strong serves on 22-14 finished off „Red Dragons“ 25-14.

Slovenian team had another perfect start, this time in Set 3, 7-5, 11-9, but Belgium took over in the best possible moment 22-21 and needed three set balls to take Set 3. Deroo was a key player in that effort 27-25.

Set 4 was totally different than previous ones. This time, Belgium took an early lead, 3-0, 5-1 and had a solid lead at the second TTO 16-14. Slovenia made a 3-0 run, led with 17-16 and had a set ball at 24-22 with Urnaut’s tipover. Clever block by Verhees gave Belgium an equalizer 24-24. Afterwards, both teams struggled to serve. Gašparini sent kill out of bounds, while Deroo smashed first ball and Belgium won 28-26.

See standings here.




Final Round / Pool C

Game Date/Time Teams Set Result per set Stats Videos
1st game 09. 10. 2015 17:30 Slovenia VS Belarus 3:0 25:12; 25:21; 25:17 STAT  
2nd game 09. 10. 2015 20:30 Poland VS Belgium 3:0 25:18; 29:27; 25:16 STAT VIDEO
3rd game 10. 10. 2015 17:30 Belarus VS Belgium 0:3 17:25; 18:25; 17:25 STAT  
4th game 10. 10. 2015 20:30 Slovenia VS Poland 1:3 21:25; 30:28; 26:28; 13:25 STAT  
5th game 11. 10. 2015 15:00 Belgium VS Slovenia 3:1 27:25; 14:25; 27:25; 28:26    
6th game 11. 10. 2015 18:00 Belarus VS Poland 0:0      


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