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Zingel compares World League win to Olympic qualification


Australia thrilled a capacity home crowd with a hard-fought five set victory over France

Sydney, Australia, June 13 - Australian volleyball captain Aidan Zingel has described winning Group Two of the FIVB Volleyball World League as being as good as the day Australia qualified for the 2012 London Olympics.

Australia thrilled a capacity home crowd to beat France in five hard fought sets, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22, 23-25, 16-14 on Saturday to qualify for next week’s FIVB Volleyball World League finals in Italy.

Key Points

•    First World League meeting for France and Australia. Last meeting came in the 1st Group Stage of the 2006 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship. France won 3-1.
•    Australia, who finished fourth behind Pool C leaders Belgium with five wins and seven defeats, qualified for the Group 2 Finals as hosts.
•    Australia now join Italy, Brazil, Iran, Russia and USA in the Group 1 Finals in Florence, Italy, which start on Wednesday.
•    The six participants at the FIVB Volleyball World League Group 1 Finals in Florence, Italy come from five different continents: South America (Brazil), Asia (Iran), Europe (Italy and Russia) and North America (USA).
•    Australia won their last four World League matches, all in Sydney.
•    Australia’s finished 10th without winning a match in their only previous World League appearance in 1999.
•    Tom Edgar top scored for Australia with 24 points. Mory Sidibe was France’s best with 20 points, Earvin Ngapeth with 18.
•    Australian captain Zingel equalled his best blocking performance of the campaign with six.
•    France was looking to break their record for number of wins in a World League campaign which stands at 11, which was set in 2006 and repeated in 2014.
•    Earlier, Belgium, making their debut in the World League, beat the Netherlands to finish third in Group 2, 25-17, 25-22, 25-21.
•    It was the first meeting in a major tournament between the two countries in 27 years. In September 1987, Netherlands won 3-2 in a Qualification Match 5-8 at the European Championship.
•    Gert Van Walle led the way for Belgium with 14 points. For the Netherlands, Maarten Van Garderen top scored with 13.

“It’s something so big and so special for us,” Zingel said. “To be the underdogs and perform again is something special. We've become a whole different team, and it's phenomenal. I'm so happy to be part of it.”

It was an incredible turnaround for a team that finished bottom of its pool, and only qualified for the Group 2 semifinals as the host nation. The result seemed to shock even Volleyroos coach Jon Uriarte.

“I couldn't say two or three months ago that we were going to do something like this, but on the other hand I've got a big belief about the way we work,” he said. “For 14 years we have been playing away, and finally at home we got a chance to show people how spectacular our sport is.”

For France it was a disappointing result, after they went through the World League group stage losing only three matches. But coach Laurent Tillie said his team were outplayed.

“We tried many solutions, we changed many players, but even when we thought the match was finished in the fourth set, we managed to come back.,” he said.

“We lost against a very good team from Australia. They put a lot of pressure with block service, spike, even defence. Yes I'm disappointed we lost, but it was a very good game.”

French captain Benjamin Toniutti said it was a difficult loss for his team. “I feel bad because we came back in the fourth set and then we lose the fifth 16-14, which is very difficult because we had such a good World League, we only lost three matches and now we don't go to Florence,” he said. “We saw yesterday that Australia played very well, and I think they played much better again today.”

Australia’s Tom Edgar led the way again on the points table, notching 24 points on the night.

France’s Mory Sidibe with 20 points and Earvin Ngapeth with 18 were the next best, while Australian captain Zingel continued his outstanding World League at the net, blocking for six points

Earlier in the night Belgium had a comfortable straight-sets win over Netherlands to finish third in group two, 25-17, 25-22, 25-21.

Gert Van Walle led the way for Belgium with 14 points, with teammate Pieter Verhees next best on 13 points.

For Netherlands Maarten Van Garderen was the top scorer with 13 points.

Dutch coach Edwin Benne said his team had a poor weekend. “I’m not a little disappointed, I’m very disappointed,” he said.  "Obviously a weekend with zero set wins and six losses is tough, and way below our level. We should have been able to make it a fair match.

“Today we had no power and no stamina and no extra motivation in the moments we needed to perform. We had no extra gear, we could feel the whole match we were out of control.”

For Belgian captain Hendrik Tuerlinckx finishing third was small compensation for losing to France the previous night. “We didn’t come here so far to lose two games,” he said. “We had a pretty good World League, so it would have been disappointing to lose twice. Last night was pretty tough, but I think everybody realised it was just one more game, we had to reload. It was important to play a better game than we played yesterday.”

Results

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G2-73SF-GR211/0717:4007:40BEL-FRA0-3SydneyViewViewViewView
G2-74SF-GR211/0720:1010:10AUS-NED3-0SydneyViewViewViewView
G2-75Finals12/0717:4007:40BEL-NED3-0SydneyViewViewViewView
G2-76Finals12/0720:1010:10FRA-AUS2-3SydneyViewViewViewView

FIVB World League 2014 Performances

Top Scoring Performances
37- Yuan Zhi of China v Cuba (June 28)
36 – Matthew Anderson of USA v Russia (June 27)
33 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Australia (July 5)
32 – Matthew Anderson of USA v Serbia (June 14)
32 – Maurice Torres of Puerto Rico v Spain (June 8)
32 – Thomas Edgar of Australia v Finland (June 7)
31 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Australia (June 20)
31 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Belgium (June 8)
30 – Ivan Zaytsev of Italy v Brazil (July 3)
28 - Rolando Cepeda Abreu of Cuba v Turkey (June 29 - Group 3 gold medal match)
28 – Park Chul-Woo of Korea v Netherlands (June 28)
28 – Michal Winiarski of Poland v Italy (June 13)
28 – Jeon Kwang-In of Korea v Czech Republic (June 5)
28 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Finland (June 1)
28 – Nemanja Petric of Serbia v Russia (May 31)
28 – Christian Fromm of Germany v Japan (May 24)
28 – Kunihiro Shimizu of Japan v Germany (May 24)

Top Blocking Performances
10 – Dmitriy Muserskiy of Russia v USA (June 27)
8 – Tommi Siirila of Finland v Belgium (July 5)
8 – Pieter Verhees of Belgium v Finland (July 4)
8 – Gil Marcel Keller of Portugal v Netherlands (June 8)
8 – Nicolas Le Goff of France v Japan (May 31)
8 – Matteo Piano of Italy v Brazil (May 24)
8 – Jorge Fernandez Valcarel (June 15)
7 – Sebastian Solé of Argentina v France (June 29)
7 - Michael Parkinson of the Netherlands v Korea (June 29)
6 – Michal Krisko of Czech Republic v Korea (June 21)
6 – Artem Volvich of Russia v Serbia (May 30)
6 – Aidan Zingel of Australia v Finland (June 14)
6 – Viktor Yosihof of Bulgaria v Russia (June 15)
6 – Jukka Lehtonen of Finland v Belgium (June 22)
6 – Aidan Zingel of Australia v France (July 12 - Group 2 gold medal match)

Top Blocking Performances by Team
23 - The Netherlands v Korea (June 29)
18 – Finland v Belgium (July 5)
18 – USA v Serbia (June 14)
18 – Portugal v Netherlands (June 8)
17 – Russia v USA (June 27)
17 – Czech Republic v Korea (June 21)
17 – Canada v Australia (June 20)
17 – Spain v Slovakia (June 15)
17 – Turkey v Tunisia (June 8)
17 – France v Argentina (May 24)
16 – Germany v Japan (June 28)
16 – Netherlands v Czech Republic (June 14)
16 – Spain v Puerto Rico (June 8)
16 – Italy v Poland (June 8)
16 – Turkey v Mexico (June 7)
16 – Czech Republic v Korea (June 5)
16 – Iran v Brazil (June 6)

Top Serving Performances
7 – Mikko Oivanen (Finland) v Belgium (June 22)
6 – Nimir Abdel-Aziz (Netherlands) v Portugal (June 21)
6 – Alexandre Ferreira (Portugal) v Czech Republic (May 31)
5 - Lubos Kostolani (Slovakia) v China (June 29 - Group 3 bronze medal match)
5 – Yuan Zhi (China) v Cuba (June 28)
5 – Valdir Sequeira (Portugal) v Netherlands (June 21)
5 – Luiz Felipe Fonteles (Brazil) v Poland (May 29)
5 – Dick Kooy (Netherlands) v Korea (May 31)
5 – Nicolas Marechal (France) v Germany (June 15)

Top Serving Performances by Team
14 – Finland v Belgium (June 22)
12 - Slovakia v China (June 29 - Group 3 bronze medal match)
12 – Netherlands v Portugal (June 21)
11 – USA v Bulgaria (June 20)
11 – Bulgaria v Serbia (June 8)
11 – France v Germany (June 15)
10 – Germany v Japan (May 24)
10 – Finland v Australia (June 15)

Highest Scorer by Round
Week 1: 28 – Christian Fromm of Germany v Japan; Kunihiro Shimizu of Japan v Germany (May 24)
Week 2: 28 – Nemanja Petric of Serbia v Russia (May 31)
Week 3: 32 – Maurice Torres of Puerto Rico v Spain (June 8); Thomas Edgar of Australia v Finland (June 7)
Week 4: 32 – Matthew Anderson of USA v Serbia (June 14)
Week 5: 31 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Australia (June 20)
Week 6: 37 – Yuan Zhi of China v Cuba (June 28)
Week 7: 30 – Ivan Zaytsev of Italy v Brazil (July 3)
Week 8: 26 - Edgar Thomas of Australia v the Netherlands (July 11)

Highest Set Score
Week 1: Germany v Japan, 27-29 (May 24)
Week 2: Brazil v Poland, 29-27 (May 29)
Week 3: Czech Republic v Korea, 31-33 (June 5); Turkey v Cuba, 31-33 (June 6); Belgium v Canada, 33-31 (June 8)
Week 4: USA v Serbia (June 13), China v Puerto Rico (June 15) 30-28
Week 5: Russia v Serbia (June 20) 37-35
Week 6: China v Slovakia (June 29) 39-37
Week 7: Finland v Belgium (July 5) 29-27
Week 8: Australia v the Netherlands (July 11) 27-25

Highest Scoring Matches
Week 1: Germany v Japan (May 24) (25-23, 25-21, 27-29, 23-25, 15-9) – 222 points
Week 2: Canada v Finland (June 1) (19-25, 25-21, 25-18, 23-25, 15-11) – 207 points
Week 3: Czech Republic v Korea (June 5) (31-33, 25-19, 26-24, 26-28, 20-18) – 250 points
Week 4: Poland v Italy (June 13) (25-23, 24-26, 26-24, 25-27, 15-10) – 225 points
Week 5: Australia v Canada (June 20) (25-27, 20-25, 30-28, 25-17, 15-13) – 225 points
Week 6: Korea v Netherlands (June 28) (31-29, 16-25, 25-23, 30-32, 14-16) – 241 points
Week 7: Finland v Belgium (July 5) (23-25, 29-27, 22-25, 25-23, 15-8) – 222 points
Week 8: France v Australia (July 12) (
25-20, 22-25, 25-22, 23-25, 16-14) - 217 points 

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