The game to determine the last team to progress to the next round. Belarus after earning five-set victory over Hungary on Wednesday, has already booked their spot in the eight finals, the last remaining ticket can be grabbed by Slovakia or Hungary. To continue the EuroVolley journey, Slovakia needs to win this encounter with Belarus, but they will be extremely motivated to extend their winning streak and headed by Hanna Klimets they will be very demanding opponent.
First RefereeMirko JANKOVICSRBSecond RefereeDavid FERNANDEZ FUENTESESP
Many basketball and volleyball competitions, many martial arts competitions, and even some tennis competitions were played in the Krešimir Ćosić Hall. The Croatian Volleyball Federation in the Krešimir Ćosić Hall organized the finals of the Croatian Cup and the Snježana Ušić Cup in the 2019/2020 season, MEVZA tournaments for younger age categories and all finals of domestic championships for younger age categories. Capacity: 8000
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Splitska 3, Zadar, 23000 Capacity: 8000
AIRPORT ZADAR – public transportation secured by bus to the main bus station. Distance from airport Zadar to main bus station is 12 km cca. 25 min MAIN BUS STATION in Zadar to Krešimir Ćosić hall Distance from main bus station in Zadar to hall is 7 km cca. 10 min Get directions
A native of Bratislava, Karin had volleyball in her blood - her father Miroslav was a successful player and coach, and her brother Filip is also a member of the Slovak national team. She moved to the USA for studying and playing volleyball at university before coming back to Europe, she played in France last four seasons. She likes to spend time with her family and travel as much as she can.
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All smiled faces in Slovakia's locker room
Anastasiya Harelik during warm-up
Katsiaryna Sakolchyk blocking a spike from Michaela Abrahamova
Hanna Klimets and Karolina Fricova fighting on the net
High five with Ace is a must!
Coach Marco Fenoglio
Belarus celebrating set win
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Slovakia waste opportunities to miss train to Belgrade, third win for Belarus
As they were just about to play their last match in Pool C, Belarus already had two wins and five points, which meant open doors to the 8th Finals. Slovakia, on the other hand, only had three points from their victory over Switzerland, so this was definitely their last chance to catch the train, actually the charter flight to Belgrade, taking teams from Zadar to the knockout phase of the competition.
Therefore, Slovakia was very motivated to win this game and started in full speed. Last time these teams played against each other was in 2019, when Slovakia won 3-2, after losing 0-2 in sets. This time it went exactly the other way around, so it seems that what goes around, comes around.
The first set went to the Slovakians. They set the pace right from the early stages and finished it with a comprehensive 25-18. Belarus coach Stanislav Salikov started rotating his team in the first set already, trying to find the winning combo, but that helped only in the second one. Belarus had a two, three-point advantage up to 18-18, but Slovakia fought back and managed to reach number 25 first by a few good blocks and then through precise serves. The second set finished 25-23. In the first two sets, Slovakia got nine points from blocks, Belarus just three.
The third set went to Belarus 25-23. They made no points in that set from blocks, but they scored three aces. They were leading by as many as eight points at 19-11, but they needed a second set ball to seal the deal.
The fourth set was not short of further drama. Belarus had a four-point lead, but Slovakia fought relentlessly, desperately trying to catch up. At the end of the set, after both passed 20 points, Slovakia could not capitalise on a number of match points and Belarus eventually claimed the set 30-28. The fight continued into the fifth set. After 4-4, Belarus edged ahead until 9-9, before powering to a 15-12 win to claim their third win in five matches in the pool.
The match in numbers
The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.
The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.
Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.
The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.
An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.
The number of successful point winning blocks of SLOVAKIA compared to BELARUS.
SLOVAKIA number of service aces compared to BELARUS
Errors leading to points of SLOVAKIA, next to those from BELARUS
“We are so happy with this victory, especially since we started the tournament with two straight losses to Italy and Croatia. Today we fought back from two sets down and this obviously is a huge boost to our confidence. This success is so important for Belarusian Volleyball! We do not know yet which team we will be playing in Belgrade but we already look forward to the next match, we cannot wait for that!”
Player of Belarus
“I do not know what happened. It is too early to say something. We are extremely sad, because we were leading 2-0 and we had the game in our hands. I do not know if it was stress or something else. In the fourth set, we had some match balls, but we could not use them. Despite this, even in the tie-break we believed until the end that we could do it.”
Middle blocker of Slovakia