8th Final Media Meeting Apeldoorn
Before the Eighth Finals of #EuroVolleyM in Apeldoorn set to start on Saturday, September 21st, the four participating teams met to talk about their future opponents and ambitions for the tournament. Poland is set to play Spain at 14:00, and The Netherlands are playing Germany at 20:00, in what are two highly anticipated matchups. Read what the coaches and players had to say:
Andrea Ginai, Head Coach of Germany
Germany enters this part of the tournament as the third seed, despite finishing with a 2-3 record in Pool B. They are using a roster that is a combination of players from their 2017 European Championship silver medal roster, like captain Lukas Kampa and György Grozer, as well as a new generation of German players like Tobias Krick and Moritz Karlitzek. Outside hitter Christian Fromm leads Germany in scoring with 59 points.
Nimir Abdel-Aziz, Captain of The Netherlands
The Netherlands are the hosts of this Eighth finals and have already played in Rotterdam and Amsterdam in their EuroVolley campaign. For the game against Germany on Saturday, they have enacted a "Code Orange", which means that all amateur volleyball players will be able to cancel their games so they can attend the match of their national team. Coach Roberto Piazza will take over duties from opposing coach Andrea Giani for Power Volley Milano next season. The story for The Netherlands so far has been opposite Nimir Abdel-Aziz, who is leading the whole tournament in scoring with 123 points in 5 matches.
Vital Heynen, Coach of Poland
Poland enters the eighth-finals with only one set loss on their record so far, against Estonia in their first game. Heynen has been able to use a variety of players in the pool phase, and in their last match against Ukraine, 12 different players scored a point. One player who has featured for them in almost every match is Captain Michal Kubiak, whose defense and passing is invaluable to running their offense. Poland has had 13 sets in a row where they have prevented their opponent from scoring 20 points, so they are playing well.
Jorge Fernandez, Captain of Spain
Spain was the last additions to the eighth final in Apeldoorn, only confirming their appearance with a win against Germany in the last game of Pool D. Head coach Fernando Benitez will have his work cut out for him figuring out how to stop Poland's dynamic hitters like Wilfredo Leon and Mateusz Bieniek. Opposite Andres Villena leads Spain in scoring so far with 90 points and the focus of Poland's gameplan will be slowing him down.