Ianyway, the third set gave hope. 26:28 against Turkey, the first racket of the world and the winner of the League of Nations. “We were so close,” said Captain Lena Stigrot. “It’s a pity that it wasn’t enough.”
But despite all the joy from the final impression in the last game of the preliminary round of the European Volleyball Championship – in the first two rounds (15:25, 20:25) the Germans only managed to keep up with the favorites from the Bosporus to a limited extent and eventually lost 0:3.
No good prospects ahead of Sunday’s round of 16 (at 20:00 live on Sportdeutschland.TV) in Brussels against Poland. Since the German volleyball players have only managed to win two of their five home games in Düsseldorf, despite the strong support of the Rhenish crowd, they now face one of the heavyweights of the tournament. “We didn’t come here to finish third,” Belgian coach Vital Heinen, who once won the World Cup with men from Poland, said after the preliminary round ended. “We were convinced that we would finish second.”
Heinen admitted that after a strong Nations League, he even dreamed of higher goals: “But sometimes you quickly land again with your feet on the ground.” Huge favorite against us.”
But the round of 16 is yet to be played, as striker Lisa Alsmeier says: “You grow with your trials. I think there is something there.”
Source: Frantfurter Allgemeine
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