In the third round, in the sold-out Stožice, they convincingly beat Germany 3:0 (16, 22, 17), thereby winning second place in the group behind France.
The Slovenian national team is aiming for the very top.
A single won set ensured the Slovenians a place in the top 16. With a reliable game, they won the first one, and then continued their excellent performance. With a very good game of the hosts in all elements, the rivals had no chance to win even a respectable set.
Slovenia’s opponent in the round of 16 is not yet known, because as hosts they remain one of the top two seeds, this will be the 15th or 16th national team in the group stage. The round of 16 match will be played on Saturday, September 3.
Against France, the Slovenians opened the match poorly, and before the match with the Germans they claimed that this should not happen again. With the same line-up as against the French, with Dejan Vinčić in the position of game organizer, they started more decisively, Klemen Čebulj provided three points for a 3:1 lead, with the result 7:3 the German coach had to Michal Winiarski take a break already.
But he did not immediately stop the Slovenian onslaught, as the scoreboard soon read 13:6. However, there was a few minutes of crisis in the Slovenian line, the Germans got closer to 13:17, and then Jan Kozamernik raised his teammates again with a block. Immediately after him, the block contributed another Tonček Štern and at that time it was more or less clear that Slovenia would win the first set.
The outcome of the first set indicated that the moody Slovenians could play a simultaneo. But the Germans didn’t intend to give up just like that, they started the second set well, they were equal until the result was 8:8, but four consecutive points from the hosts followed, three points of advantage were secured by Kozamernik with an ace, and four with a block Alen Pajenk.
With the help of the spectators, the Slovenians did not let up either in their combativeness in defense or in the quality of their play. The opponent looked helpless when the score was 20:13, but in accordance with the predictions, he returned to the game once again and reduced the deficit to 20:21. But Pajenk and Čebulj stopped their rush, took care of the lead 23:20, Čebulj also provided the team with the final ball. Štern took advantage of the second.
Despite the reliable lead, the Slovenians did not give up even in the third. With Kozamernik’s excellent serves, they took a 7:1 lead, and unlike the second set, they were never in danger of conceding the set to their rivals.
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