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Sweden continue home show at #EuroVolleyU18W qualifier in Falköping

29 OKT 2016 21:46
Sweden continue home show at #EuroVolleyU18W qualifier in Falköping against Kosovo. And Georgia secure 3-0 victory over Iceland!
  • Uppdaterad: 29 OKT 2016 21:52

Sweden vs. Kosovo 3-0 (25-9, 25-17, 25-9) 

Day 2 of the #EuroVolleyU18W qualifier in Falköping started with a clash starring hosts Sweden and Friday’s sensation Kosovo.

The young Swedes looked extremely motivated and with their minds set on showing the large home crowd what their team is capable of. And oh my - what a start Sweden had! The Kosovars ended up losing seven straight points before winning their first rally of the day. After that, Sweden rolled on in an impressive manner and won the first set at a canter (25-9).
   
The second set was nothing like the first - at least in its early stages. The Kosovars were obviously determined to do better and looked like a totally different team as they succeeded in improving the quality and consistency of their performance. Kosovo won the first six points before conceding one to their opponents. However, Sweden woke up and slowly but surely closed the gap, before overtaking the lead at 16-15. As team captain Sofia Andersson served ten (!) times in a row, Sweden eventually cashed another comfortable set win (25-17).

Kosovo made an early effort to narrow the gap down but never came close as the Swedes continued to play with great resilience and determination. An ecstatic and cheering partisan home crowd lifted the home team all the way to the third set win and their second victory in as many matches. Sweden therefore added three more points to their haul to stay atop the standings with maximum six points.

Valon Nikqi, assistant coach of Kosovo: “Yesterday’s game against Georgia was tough and we looked quite tired out today. Sweden on the other hand had a quick win [3-0 vs. Iceland] and looked fresh. I think that this determined the eventual outcome of the match.”  

Sofia Andersson, team captain of Sweden: “This was our best game so far! We had so much fun and found each other really well out there. It was a little bit tense coming into this game after having seen the Kosovars play their opening match yesterday, but we did a good job and we really outplayed them in all aspects of the game.” 



Iceland vs. Georgia 0-3 (16-25, 16-25, 20-25) 

The second day of the #EuroVolleyU18W qualifier in Falköping continued with a battle between Georgia and Iceland. Both teams were hungry for revenge as they had to accept a loss in the matches they had contested on Friday at Frejahallen. 

The Georgians, who suffered a tough defeat (2-3) versus Kosovo only 24 hours earlier, came out motivated and conquered the court from the first minute in the opening set. The Icelandic players had to focus on defence as their opponents launched showers of devastating spikes. That said, Iceland did an impressive job turning seemingly impossible rallies to their advantage and therefore kept the first set alive for a long time. However, as outside spiker Ana Batsatsashvili joined the game, the Georgians suddenly sprinted on to comfortably win the first set 25-16.

The second set looked like a carbon copy of the first one. Georgia continued with their offensive pressure whilst Iceland performed one acrobatic act after the other in defence. Halfway into the set, the Icelandic players closed the gap and were only a few points away from tying the score. But when needed the most, Team Georgia stepped up their efforts and raced towards another compelling set win (25-16).

The third set became a close affair. Iceland started off well enough to take the lead for the first time in the game. Georgia trailed 4-6 but quickly responded by bringing home three straight points to change the course of the game. From then on Iceland kept up with their opponents all the way to the bitter end. Georgia finished strong by scoring four straight points and went on to win the set 25-20 and with it the match by 3-0.

Lorenzo Ciancio, head coach of Iceland: “We have just made it to the international level, so it is normal that our game is a bit bumpy and we have ups and downs. Georgia were really strong in their attacks and our reception could have been a little better. We ask from our players to put a lot of heart into the game and give everything they can - and they really did that today.”

Click here for more info including detailed stats of the matches.

Date: 28 – 30 october 2016
Venue: Frejahallen, Falköping
Host City: Falköping (SWE)
Airport: Gothenburg (Landvetter)
Distance from airport to venue: 118 km
Participating Teams: 4 women's teams: Georgia, Iceland, Kosovo, Sweden
More info: CEV official website!

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Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1067322376696345/
Website: 
https://www.volleyboll.se/volleyboll/eurovolleyu18w/
Official website CEVhttp://www.cev.lu/Competition-Area/competition.aspx?ID=975&PID=1518 
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Schedule

October 28, 2016
15:00 - Iceland vs Sweden
18:00 - Georgia vs Kosovo

October 29, 2016
15:00 - Sweden vs Kosovo
18:00 - Iceland vs Georgia

October 30, 2016
15:00 - Kosovo vs Iceland
18:00 - Sweden vs Georgia

TICKETS
Tickets are bought in Arena Frejahallen and cost SEK 100. Minors under the age of 18 enter for free.

BROCHURE
Grab yourself an official brochure to keep track of the team rosters and upcoming games. Download it here!

 

Skribent: Herman Sewelén
Epost: Adressen Gömd

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