12. 09. 2019

EUROVOLLEY 2019 M: Convincing victories for France and Slovenia

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As expect, Slovenia and France have opened the EuroVolley with the victories!


The host of the tournament in Montpellier, France, have scored the win at the start of the European Championship. Romania didn't have a chance, losing the game in three sets 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-16).

Stephen Boyer had a good performance, scoring 18 points, while Kevin Tillie contributed with 11 points. On the other side, Adrian Aciobanitei has ended the game with 12 points.


Slovenia, the 2015 EuroVolley finalist, had a good tournament opening, beating Belarus in straight sets 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-19).

Mitja Gasparini, Tine Urnaut and Jan Kozamernik scored 12 points each for Slovenia, while there were no players with double digits in Belarus,

2019 CEV European Men’s Volleyball Championship, pool stage – Day 1:

POOL A (Montpellier, France)

Bulgaria – Greece 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-20)

Portugal – Italy 0-3 (21-25, 10-25, 22-25)

France – Romania 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-16)

POOL C (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Turkey – Russia 1-3 (13-25, 25-23, 17-25, 15-25)

Finland – North Macedonia 3-1 (25-23, 25-22, 23-25, 25-21)

Slovenia – Belarus 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-19)




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Very irresponsible by coach Heynen! Team could of get trouble if someone would get injured in that set. You have only 6 substitutions allowed. Reply

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Re: @~sadaf
Issue of his statement was that he asks for restricted, limited participation of NTs, due to of absence of tight matches...Moreover he had used the argument - results 3:0. So that I have used the statistics from other competitions, where should have been much more tight matches - like VNL, World Championship, due to of selection criteria . ( I did not treat the formula of VNL at all... )
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Perhaps I will try to make some remarks on one aspect of that later on, from a volleyball fan point of view.. Reply

POL M: Heynen criticizes EuroVolley format – “It’s not good for Volleyball”

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