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VolleyRuller96

Men's Volleyball CEV European League 2018

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Men's Volleyball CEV European League 2018

 

:WHT Various Cities - 19 May 2018 - 16 June 2018 :WHT

 

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PARTICIPATING TEAMS:

GOLDEN LEAGUE
(Top 2 teams are promoted to FIVB Challenger Cup)

 

:BEL Belgium

:CZE Czech Republic 
:EST Estonia
:FIN Finland

:NED Netherlands
:POR Portugal
:SVK Slovakia
:SLO Slovenia
:ESP Spain
:SWE Sweden 

:TUR Turkey 
:UKR Ukraine 


SILVER LEAGUE
(The  winner can be promoted to the GOLDEN LEAGUE)


:ALB Albania

:AUT Austria
:BLR Belarus

:CRO Croatia
:MKD Macedonia
:HUN Hungary
:KOS Kosovo 

:LAT Latvia 

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TEAM ROSTERS

 

:ALB https://www.cev.eu/Competition-Area/CompetitionTeamDetails.aspx?TeamID=10978&ID=1091

:AUT https://www.cev.eu/Competition-Area/CompetitionTeamDetails.aspx?TeamID=10976&ID=1091

:BEL https://www.cev.eu/Competition-Area/CompetitionTeamDetails.aspx?TeamID=10961&ID=1089
:BLR https://www.cev.eu/Competition-Area/CompetitionTeamDetails.aspx?TeamID=10973&ID=1091
:CRO https://www.cev.eu/Competition-Area/CompetitionTeamDetails.aspx?TeamID=10974&ID=1091

:CZE https://www.cev.eu/Competition-Area/CompetitionTeamDetails.aspx?TeamID=10971&ID=1089
:EST https://www.cev.eu/Competition-Area/CompetitionTeamDetails.aspx?TeamID=10963&ID=1089
:FINhttps://www.cev.eu/Competition-Area/CompetitionTeamDetails.aspx?TeamID=10970&ID=1089
:HUN https://www.cev.eu/Competition-Area/CompetitionTeamDetails.aspx?TeamID=10977&ID=1091
:KOS https://www.cev.eu/Competition-Area/CompetitionTeamDetails.aspx?TeamID=10979&ID=1091
:LAT https://www.cev.eu/Competition-Area/CompetitionTeamDetails.aspx?TeamID=10975&ID=1091

:MKD https://www.cev.eu/Competition-Area/CompetitionTeamDetails.aspx?TeamID=10972&ID=1091
:NED https://www.cev.eu/Competition-Area/CompetitionTeamDetails.aspx?TeamID=10966&ID=1089

:POR https://www.cev.eu/Competition-Area/CompetitionTeamDetails.aspx?TeamID=10968&ID=1089

:SVK https://www.cev.eu/Competition-Area/CompetitionTeamDetails.aspx?TeamID=10962&ID=1089

:SLO https://www.cev.eu/Competition-Area/CompetitionTeamDetails.aspx?TeamID=10967&ID=1089

:ESP https://www.cev.eu/Competition-Area/CompetitionTeamDetails.aspx?TeamID=10969&ID=1089

:SWE https://www.cev.eu/Competition-Area/CompetitionTeamDetails.aspx?TeamID=10960&ID=1089

:TUR https://www.cev.eu/Competition-Area/CompetitionTeamDetails.aspx?TeamID=10964&ID=1089

:UKR  https://www.cev.eu/Competition-Area/CompetitionTeamDetails.aspx?TeamID=10965&ID=1089

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Group Stage, LEG 1 out of 6

Day 1 out of 2  - 19 may 2018 - schedule

 

all times are CEST

 

 

GOLDEN LEAGUE 

 

GROUP A

 

16:00 :SWE Sweden - :BEL Belgium

18:00 :SVK Slovakia - :EST Estonia

 

GROUP C 

 

16:00 :POR Portugal - :ESP Spain
18:00  :FIN Finland - :CZE Czech Republic

 

 

FREE STREAMING OF THE GOLDEN LEAGUE MATCHES IS AVAILABLE AT:

http://www.laola1.tv/en-int/channel/volleyball-cev-golden-european-league-men

 

 

 

SILVER LEAGUE

 

GROUP A

 

17:30 :AUT Austria - :LAT Latvia

 

GROUP B

20:00 :CRO Croatia - :HUN Hungary

 

 

FREE STREAMING OF THE SILVER LEAGUE MATCHES IS AVAILABLE AT:

http://www.laola1.tv/en-int/channel/volleyball-cev-silver-european-league-maenner

 

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DAY 1 LEG 1

GROUP A :SVK Slovakia 1-3 :EST Estonia (22-25 / 26-24 / 19-25 / 17-25)

GROUP C :FIN Finland 3-0 :CZE Czech Republic (25-20 / 25-20 / 27-25)

 

GROUP A :AUT Austria 1-3 :LAT Latvia  (21-25 / 25-21 / 17-25 / 22-25)

GROUP B :CRO Croatia 3-0 :HUN Hungary (25-12 / 25-16 / 25-14)

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Group Stage, LEG 1 out of 6

Day 2 out of 2  - 19 may 2018 - schedule

 

all times are CEST

 

 

GOLDEN LEAGUE 

 

GROUP B

 

15:00 :NED Netherlands - :SLO Slovenia
15:30 
:TUR Turkey - :UKR Ukraine  

 

 

FREE STREAMING OF THE GOLDEN LEAGUE MATCHES IS AVAILABLE AT:

http://www.laola1.tv/en-int/channel/volleyball-cev-golden-european-league-men

 

SILVER LEAGUE

 

GROUP A

16:30 :KOS Kosovo - :MKD Macedonia

 

GROUP B 

19:00 :BLR Belarus - :ALB Albania 

 

 

 

FREE STREAMING OF THE SILVER LEAGUE MATCHES IS AVAILABLE AT:

http://www.laola1.tv/en-int/channel/volleyball-cev-silver-european-league-maenner

 

 

 

 

 

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16 hours ago, VolleyRuller96 said:

15:00 :NED Netherlands - :SLO Slovenia

Well, Slovenia didn't play with their best players. A good start for the Dutch team 3-1, especially very happy with Maarten van Garderen (4th place at the World Champs Beach Volleyball last year) in the team again. Wednesday against Turkey will be a great challenge for the team. 

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DAY 2 LEG 1

GROUP B :TUR Turkey 3-0 :UKR Ukraine  (25-23 / 25-23 / 25-20 )

GROUP B :NED Netherlands 3-1 :SLO Slovenia (25-12 / 24-26 / 25-15 / 25-22)HR

 

GROUP A :KOS Kosovo 1-3 :MKD Macedonia (25-20 / 16-25 / 17-25 / 14-25)

GROUP B :BLR Belarus 3-0 :ALB Albania (25-23 / 25-23 / 25-21)

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LEG 1 SUMMARY - GOLDEN LEAGUE 

 

 

Luxembourg, May 19, 2018. After a long wait, the inaugural Golden European League swang into action today with four games in the men's competition taking place to start six legs of exciting matches.  Belgium are one of the higher ranked teams in the competition, and they started with a four-set away win in Sweden.  It was a similar story for Estonia who travelled to Slovakia on this opening weekend and won 3-1.  Neighbours Portugal and Spain played an exciting match in Pool C which ended up going to the home side, while the second match in that pool ended with a staight sets win for Finland over Czech Republic.

 

Pool A

Sweden vs. Belgium 1-3 (20-25, 25-23, 21-25, 17-25)

•    Sweden's Fredrik Gustavsson was phenomenal, finishing as the top scorer of the game with 19 points.
•    Tomas Rousseaux had a truly great day himself, finishing as the top scorer for the 'Red Dragons' with 16 points.
•    Despite the loss for Sweden, it was a good day for their team.  Wilhelm Nilsson was a machine at the net, scoring a total of six winning blocks throughout the game.
•    Thanks to Belgium’s victory against the home team, the 'Red Dragons' currently hold the number 1 spot in the Pool A standings.

Quotes:

Tomas Rousseaux, player for Team Belgium:  "Sweden apparently had some really good spikers and play well when it comes to services, but all in all I think we were the better team today. The key to this victory was about mistake-management - we played smart and organised."

Fredrik Gustavsson, player for Team Sweden: "There was a lot of things that we didn’t do as well as we were supposed to. Even if it felt like the gap between our teams was not that big today, there were still some important rallies where we had to do better. In addition, we have to be more consistent when it comes to reception and service-pressure.” 

Slovakia vs. Estonia 1-3 (22-25, 26-24, 19-25, 17-25)

•    Going in, it was the 10th game between SVK and EST. Slovakia lead 6-3, but Estonia had won the last two matches and won again here.
•    Slovakia turned the score around in the second set, trailing 21-24 before winning 26-24.
•    About 1,200 spectators watched the game in Poprad (SVK).
•    Setter Andres Toobal (EST) and middle-blocker Emanuel Kohut (SVK), were awarded the best players of the match.

Quotes:

Andrej Kravárik, coach of Slovakia: “I think we had too much respect for the opponent. We knew that Estonia is a strong team, but we had to play with more power and courage. We did not push with the service as much as we wanted and we did not use the fact that Oliver Venno started as a receiver today. We have a young team and we need time. I hope that some of these young players will be key players in our national team in years to come.” 

Emanuel Kohút, captain of Slovakia: “We lost concentration after the second set. The third and fourth sets were not good from our side. We made too many errors, but we have a young team and that is normal. I think that our team has potential, but we need time. I hope that we will beat Sweden on Wednesday here in Poprad even though it will be a difficult match.”

Andres Toobal, captain of Estonia: “We played very confidently today, and I was a little bit surprised too, because we did not play any friendly matches before the CEV European League. For the first time we played with two opposites on the court, and we still had very good reception. We are very happy about this victory.” 

Gheorghe Cretu, coach of team Estonia: “This was our first match this season, since we did not play any match in the preparation, so I am satisfied with the result. We have been practicing many situations and to be honest, I am surprised that after such a short time we are able to play this way - for example with two opposites in the game. We had better attack, better block and even though we lost the second set, I saw lot of positives in our performance.”

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Pool C

Portugal vs. Spain 3-1 (25-18, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22)

•    Portugal were unstoppable in the first set, playing truly as a team. To be highlighted is the debut of Caique Silva with the national team and the domain on the net of their captain Alexandre Ferreira, allowing Portugal to advance to an 18-14 lead and close it at 25-18 with a failed service from Spain.
•    In the second set Portugal maintained the pressure with aggressive serves and spikes and were rewarded with a five-point advantage at 16-11. Fernando Munoz’s team reacted and reduced the gap to two points, but an attack from Alex Ferreira for 22-18 left little doubts as to who would win the set. Marco Ferreira closed it with a powerful spike for 25-20.
•    Spain changed their game in the third set, supported by Jorge Fernandez’s and Andres Villena’s attacks, and took control of the scoreboard. Altough Portugal tried to change the course of the set, the Spanish serves continued to open breaches in Portugal’s defence on the way to a 25-22 win.
•    In the final set, Spain continued to show confidence but Portugal were able to take the lead and gain a precious advantage. Leading by 21-17, Portugal saw Spain approaching rapidly, with two strong blocks, but secured their game and with an attack from Alex Ferreira closed the set at 25-22.
•    Marco Ferreira and Alexandre Ferreira, with 21 and 20 points, respectively, where the best scorers of the match, while Jorge Fernandez was the best for Spain with 13 points.

Quotes:

Hugo Silva, coach of Portugal: “It was difficult as expected and only with the enormous respect that we have for Spain were we able to play those first two sets. Our team played with joy and it is good to see some new faces showing their value, since these players have an enormous will to bring success to our country.”

Caique Silva, player of Portugal: “It was a spectacular moment. It couldn’t be a better debut for me and I owe this to this true family that our team is, welcoming me with open arms. We have been training hard and made two good sets. Afterwards we broke and lost a set, but we didn’t let that affect us and knew how to win the match. Now we will rest and afterwards try to add a new win in Spain this Wednesday.”

Fernando Munoz, coach of Spain: “We knew that it would be difficult since it was our first match. Like Portugal, we didn’t play any friendly matches. Portugal played well and in our play we felt a little the youth of this team and the fact that three of our players made their debuts today. We will try to play better in Guadalajara. We need more practice and match time with all the team.”

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Finland vs. Czech Republic 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 27-25)

•    Finland played very well in the first two sets while Czech Republic made a lot of mistakes. The third set was very tight, but in the last actions Czech Team made two errors, which ended the match. 
•    Finnish opposite spiker Samuli Kaislasalo scored 21 points and was the top scorer of the match.
•    The Finnish team hit seven ace serves, the Czechs only two. 
•    2,043 spectators were following the match, making it a sold out game and Saimaa Stadiumi was full of happy Finnish fans.

Quotes:

Tuomas Sammelvuo, coach of Finland: “In the first set we made mistakes, but they made even more errors. The second set was very good for us. I am happy for the last balls in the third set, because it was very important to win the third set. Overall I am very happy about this match. There are still two or three main points we have to improve. It is great to get this kind of experience for the players and the spectators.”

Michal Nekola, coach of Czech Republic: “We made a lot of easy mistakes in the two first sets. The third set was better, but at the end of it we again made two easy mistakes. Finland had better defence than us. We didn’t serve well enough in the first two sets and it was easy for the Finnish setter to play fast attacks. We are looking for our next match in Prague and we will be better.”

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he Netherlands vs. Slovenia 3-1 (25-12, 24-26, 25-15, 25-22)

•     The last time The Netherlands and Slovenia played against each other was in 2017 in the semi-final of the FIVB World League Group 2 Final Four in Australia. Slovenia won 3-0.
•    Maarten van Garderen is back in the national team after his beach volleyball adventure in 2017 with Christiaan Varenhorst. Van Garderen, who plays for the Italian club Azimut MODENA, was very successful on the sand winning the CEV Satellite in Kharkiv and finishing fourth at the FIVB World Championship in Vienna. Despite these results, Van Garderen decided to focus on his indoor career again.
•    Van Garderen served from 18-11 to 23-11 and made his team win the first set. He served a total of six aces in the match.  
•    The second set was a strong comeback game from the team of Slovenia, with Tonček Stern leading the attack. 
•    The Slovenian setter Matija Jereb (no. 5) got injured in the third set (back problems). 
•    The team of Slovenia was not complete in Doetinchem. They were missing some of their star players like Tine Urnaut, Alen Pajenk, Mitja Gasparini and Klemen Cebulj.
•    Best scorer of the game: Wouter ter Maat (the Netherlands) with 22 points. 

Quotes:

Samo Miklavc, coach of Slovenia: “Our team has changed a lot since we are missing some key players in this tournament. But our young players are getting a good opportunity to show themselves, which is what they did today. We weren’t able to put enough service pressure on The Netherlands though. In the end we lost to a better team today.”

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Turkey vs. Ukraine 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-20)

•    Ukraine are the gold medal winners from the 2017 edition of the European League.
•    Turkey celebrated their first Golden European League win against defending champions Ukraine.
•    Turkey and Ukraine met for the first time in the European League history.
•    In the first set it took a long time before a team took the lead, but in the end Turkey won the big points. 
•    Same numbers and same win in the first and the second set for the Turkish team.
•    Turkey were leading 16-11 in the third set, and kept the lead also above the 20 points. 
•    Best scorer of the game: Burutay Subasi (Turkey) with 17 points. 

Quotes:

Gökhan Gökgöz, player of Turkey: “We started the game very well. We did what we wanted and had planned. We played against a good team. We hope we will win again on Wednesday against the Netherlands.”

Nedim Özbey, coach of Turkey: “We are satisfied only with the result, not with the way we played. We did some good things but at the same time we made also some terrible mistakes. It’s our first victory in the Golden European League – Men, so it’s good. I hope that we will play better on Wednesday against the Netherlands. We have the features and ability to do this.”

Oleh Plotnytskyi, player of Ukraine: “There’s not much to say. We played badly. Turkey deserved their victory. Congratulations to them.”

Ugis Krastins, coach of Ukraine: “I am very upset because we played very bad. Our attack was not so good. We will try to fix our problems and to perform better for the next matches.”

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LEG 1 SUMMARY - SILVER LEAGUE  

 

 

Luxembourg, May 19, 2018. The CEV Volleyball Silver European League started on Saturday with one match in each pool, while the other four teams take to the court tomorrow.  Latvia emerged as winners in Pool A, downing Austria in four sets, while over in Pool B Croatia proved too powerful for Hungary. 

 

Austria vs. Latvia 1-3 (21-25, 25-21, 17-25, 22-25)

•    The team coached by Avo Keel controlled the beginning. Latvia claimed the first set by an impressive 25-21 win.
•    Austria fought back, found their rhythm late in set 2 and tied the score after 25-21.
•    This comeback, however, did not last long as Latvia soon resumed their march towards a well-deserved 25-17 set win.
•    After spending 99 minutes on the court Latvia secured a highly competitive fourth set 25-22 win and a 3-1 match victory.
•    Paul Buchegger and Alexander Berger were the most prolific players for Austria, with 22 and 13 points, respectively. For Latvia Edvarts Buivids finished the match with 19 points.

Quotes:

Michael Warm, coach of Austria: “We made too many mistakes. We need more time together to work on our timing.”

Alexander Berger, player of Austria: “Today we showed only 50% of our potential, because we did not have enough time together. Look at me - after the CEV Champions League Final Four I had only two days with the team. Our service wasn't strong enough.”

Guntis Atars, assistant coach of Latvia: “After two weeks of preparation we started with a victory in the Silver European League. I think it was a good performance for our first game.”

Aleksandrs Kudrjasovs, player of Latvia: “For us it was very exciting, because we have a new team with many young players and a new coach. It was a good fight.”

Croatia vs Hungary 3-0 (25-12, 25-16, 25-14)

•    Croatia had an easy task in their first game of the Silver European League, winning easily against Hungary. It wasn't a difficult match as was expected.
•    After an even start, the Croatians took the lead and finished the first set handedly 25-12. 
•    In the second set Hungary looked better, and even had a lead, but in the latter half of the set their concentration failed, allowing the home team to take the advantage and with it the set.
•     Croatia had good game in the third, taking an 8-1 lead that that eventually mushroomed to 21-10.
•    Best scorer of the game was Leo Andrić (Croatia) with 15 points, but the man of the match was Tsimafei Zhukouski who created all Croatia’s attacks.
•    Needs to be said that the Hungarian team was a very young, with quite a few debut players.

Quotes:

Ivan Rančić, head coach of Croatia: “We expected a harder match because Hungary is a good team, but we prepared for them very well. They changed some things during the match, but we responded very well."

Tsimafei Zhukouski, player for Croatia: “We gave our best to the team, and the result is very good for us. But tomorrow we start with preparations for a new match.”

Tamás Kaszap, player for Hungary: “I think we need time to better understand the tactics of our new coach. There are lots of young players, and a new system. I think everything will be much better when the time comes.”
 

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Belarus vs. Albania 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-21)

•    Albania was able to make pressure in the end of the first set. Opposite Anton Qafarena had some good attacks, but the block of the Belarussian team worked better.
•    Asmend Kula had success with several serves, which allowed Albania to have a chance of winning at least one set. 
•    Belarusian coach Viktar Beksha made several substitutions in the second set to allow his team to move more steadily in receiving the ball.
•    Opposite of Belarus Artur Udrys had successful attacks from the back zone of the court and became the top scorer for the home side with 14 points. 

Quotes:

"It was the first game for my guys and we were nervous. They outplayed us with their serves but we were the better side in all other aspects of the game. The opponents put up a fight, and the match had an intriguing finish," said Viktar Beksha, Coach of Belarus.

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