Eurovolley Pool D: Ukraine to 1/8 finals, what a victory for Czech Republic vs. hosts Netherlands!
Ukraine claim their ticket to the playoff round with a 3-0 win over Estonia (25:17, 25:15, 25:14). Oleh Plotnytskyi was the most productive player in the Ukrainian team with 15 points of which 5 were aces, while Viietskyi also contributed with 14 points. Ukraine can, theoretically, claim the first position in the pool but in order to do so, they need to defeat the absolute favorites Poland (currently at the top with 12 points) in the last-round match. Moreover, Ukraine would hope for the defeat of the Netherlands, which are tied with them in the standing at the moment (both have a 3-1 and 9 points) but are ahead when it comes to a set ratio.
Dmytro Viietskyi – Opposite for Ukraine:
“We are a really good team, we’ve played the last two or three years with a new coach. Ever year we play better and better. We are happy with how we are doing as a team. For me as well, I feel good.”
Czech Republic needed a victory against the hosts to solidify their playoff hopes. They did it, recording their second victory and came very close to securing a ticket for the eighth-finals. In a thrilling match in Amsterdam, they have beaten home side of the Netherlands in five sets. Jan Hadrava from the winning team was again the most prominent player in the match with 26 points. He served 4 aces, just like his teammate Donovan Džavoronok, author of 24 points, while Adam Zajíček made 4 winning blocks. Nimir Abdel-Aziz scored in 29 points for the home team, including 7 aces and 4 winning blocks, while Maarten Van Garderen served 4 aces. To be sure that they will advance to the playoffs, Czech Republic need to win at least two sets against Montenegro in the last round. As for the Dutch team, they lost the chance to claim the top spot in the pool.
2019 CEV European Volleyball Championship, pool stage – Day 7:
POOL A (Montpellier, France)
Portugal – Romania 1-3 (21:25, 25:19, 18:25, 23:25)
France – Italy 3-1 (25:22, 22:25, 25:21, 25:22)
POOL B (Brussels & Antwerp, Belgium)
Germany – Slovakia 3-0 (25:23, 30:28, 25:19)
Belgium – Serbia 0-3 (19:25, 21:25, 19:25)
POOL C (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Slovenia – Russia 0-3 (21:25, 21:25, 21:25)
Finland – Turkey 3-2 (25:20, 15:25, 18:25, 25:23, 15:12)
POOL D (Rotterdam & Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Ukraine – Estonia 3-0 (25:17, 25:15, 25:14)
Netherlands – Czech Republic 2-3 (18:25, 25:18, 20:25, 25:22, 14:16)
Source: CEV. Photos: randomvolley