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EC W: Azerbaijan makes it 6 wins in a row with no sets lost

by WoV
source: cev.lu

With the final standings of the group already fixed on Saturday, the ladies of Azerbaijan completed their clean sweep in Pool C by edging Belarus in straight sets (31-29, 25-20, and 25-20) and finish the second round qualifier without conceding any set to their opponents.



Belarus finished second in the group to have a last chance to qualify for the European Championship in May 2013.

Having already booked their pass for the final round, the home heroines still wanted to finish their campaign with a positive result; they started out strong (8;6 10:7) before Belarus was able to draw level at 13 and even went to the front by the second technical time-out (13:16). After that Azerbaijan scored four points in a row to claim back the lead (17:14) and with their star Natalya Mammadova on fire, the home side cruised to the provisional 22:18. Still Belarus flipped the charts around once more (22:23) and after a series of turnarounds, the ladies coached by Faig Garayev could seal the final 31-29.

The second set saw Azerbaijan claim a first break (8:6) before Belarus leveled at 10; the local favorites got up 16:13 but their opponents fought back to 18 all, before the winners of the group accelerated the pace and wrapped it up at 25-20.

Azerbaijan stamped a massive 8:1 in set 3 and maintained a comfortable margin also halfway through the set (11:6, 17:10), going for the final 25-20 that sealed a splendid campaign in this European qualifier.

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