The Slovak national volleyball players failed in their third performance in Zaporozhye, Ukraine, within the B-group of the Golden European League.
Slovak volleyball player Jakub Ihnát (left).
Coach Marek Kardoš’s charges lost 1: 3 to the Romanians on Saturday (21, -20, -22, -19) and did not follow up on Wednesday’s 3: 2 victory over this opponent. In the table, one victory and two losses fell to third place with the balance.
The Slovaks dominated in the first set, but in the following parts the Romanians improved the service after the changes in the line-up and reached three points, thanks to which they moved to the second place in the table just ahead of the Slovak team. The most scoring player of the match was the universal Filip Gavenda with 21 points.
The Slovak national team members, who on Saturday definitively lost hope for advancing to the Final Four tournament in Belgium (June 19 – 20), will say goodbye to the competition on Sunday with a duel from 6.30 pm against the hitherto undefeated national national team. The final second place in the B-group table will be occupied by the Slovak team only in the case of Sunday’s victory.
Golden European League 2021 Men – B-Group – Zaporizhia (UKR) – Saturday:
Romania – SLOVAKIA 3: 1 (-21, 20, 22, 19)
Judges: Michlicová (POL) and Akdemir (TUR), 210 spectators
Romania: Magdas 12, Dumitru 3, Aciobanitei 2, F. Bartha 8, Balean 17, Mihalescu 12, libero Diaconescu (Peta 15, Constantin 1, Chitigoi 0). Train: S. Stancu.
Slovakia: Ihnát 7, Kyjanica 9, Gavenda 21, Pokopec 10, M. Zeman 7, F. Palgut 2, liberá Turis and M. Vitko (J. Kováč 0, Firkaľ 6, M. Petráš 0). Coach: M. Kardoš.
The Slovaks started well, after two aces Kyjanica led 9: 2 in the beginning. The Romanians later reduced to 8:11, but after a while they lost again by seven points (11:18) and the Slovaks closed the first set in their favor without difficulty.
Before the second act, the Romanian coach of Universal Balean moved Stance to the post of smasher, sent Universal Peta into the game and the image of the game began to level out. The Slovaks led for the last time in the match at 13:12 in the second part. Immediately, the Romanians escaped at 13:17 and even though the Slovaks still reached one point (18:19), they could no longer dramatize the ending (20:25).
The third and fourth set had a similar course – the Romanians formed a three-point lead several times, the Slovaks completely erased it several times, but immediately afterwards they released the Romanians again and on the third or fourth attempt they did not manage to equalize until the end. In the third part, the Slovaks were side by side with the opponent for the last time at 18:18, in the fourth part they stayed in the game until 15:16.
Source: Pravda.sk – Šport – Futbal – Hokej by sport.pravda.sk.
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