The Slovenian men’s volleyball team faced Cameroon in the first round of the group stage of the World Championship today against a demanding opponent – France.

In the first round on Friday, the French volleyball players defeated Germany 3:0 in straight sets and, together with Slovenia, occupy the top of the ranking in Group D. The French are considered one of the best national teams in the world, as they are the current Olympic champions and winners of the League of Nations. In the last seven years, they won twice more in this competition (2015, 2017), and three times they took a place among the first three.

What was happening on the field?

The French were better than us in the first set. The result was 25:22. In the second, the local volleyball players excelled as they won. But the French were right behind us. The result of the second set was 25:22. The atmosphere in StoĹžice, where the derby took place, was exceptional.

The third set was also Slovenian; Ours defeated the French with 25:23. The fourth ended with 32:34 in favor of the French. There was a fifth set between the Olympic champion and the Slovenian volleyball players, which the Slovenians also lost. France was so happy to win with 2:3. The local volleyball players must be recognized for their outstanding game!

Our boys will have to look for their next and last chance to advance to the round of 16 on Tuesday against Germany.