Cyprus reaches for World Championship qualifications
Limassol, Cyprus, June 7, 2013 - The men’s national team of Cyprus shut out Scotland on the second competition
day in Pool G of the first Round European Qualification for the 2014 FIVB
Volleyball World Championship - Men and as the only undefeated team is now
closest to making it on in the qualifications. Luxembourg
managed its first win in the pool by defeating San Marino in straight sets and
preserves its chances of overtaking the home team for the first place in a
direct battle tomorrow.
Cyprus celebrates win against Scotland on the second day in Pool G of the first Round European Qualification for the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World Championship|
Luxembourg vs. San Marino 3:0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-16)
Luxembourg crushed San Marino in
straight sets to stay alive in the quest for a qualifying berth at the World
Championship. Arnaud Maroldt was top
scorer of the match, with a total of 14 points for the winning team. Matteo Zonzini tallied 8 points for San Marino.
first set was a walkover, with Luxembourg
gaining an early lead and widening it as the game progressed. San Marino kept
the score close in the beginning of the second, but eventually the players from
the Grand Duchy broke away to lead by four points at the second technical
time-out. The third set was more of the same, with Luxembourg leading throughout the
match to sail to a comfortable overall victory.
success rate was the deciding factor of the match, with Luxembourg scoring 50%
in offense and San Marino restricted to just 31%.
Disch, head coach of Luxembourg: "Last week at the Games of the Small
States of Europe in Luxembourg we played against San Marino in front of 2000
spectators and we lost by 2:3. Today we
faced a different team, but we were concentrated and we won even without
playing our best volleyball."
Cyprus vs. Scotland 3:0 (28-26, 25-22, 25-19)
the direct clash between the two unbeaten teams from yesterday, Cyprus overpowered Scotland in straight sets. Gabriel Georgiou led the home side in
scoring, contributing as many as 20 points to his team's total. Jamie McHardy was Scotland’s best scorer with 13
strong serving (seven aces) with better blocking (11 points) and more
successful attacking (55%).
the first set, the most closely-disputed of the tournament so far, Cyprus could not hold on to a 20-16 lead and allowed
to tie the score at 20-20. Again Cyprus took the lead by two points at 22-20, but
it was Scotland
that reached the first set point at 23-24. This was promptly cancelled by a side-out
and then Cyprus
had three set points of its own before finally clinching the set on an unforced
Scottish error for 28-26. It was exactly
the opposite in the second set, with Scotland gaining a five-point lead at 17-12,
before Cyprus came back to tie the score at 18-18 and go on to close the set at
took a clear lead throughout the third set to eventually win by 25-19 and score
a clean-sweep victory - its twelfth in thirteen head-to-head encounters with Scotland.
Delikostas, head coach of Cyprus:
"We played well, without this meaning that we cannot play better. We were
very efficient at break-point and that is what made the difference today. I have a feeling that our opponents may have
slightly underestimated us, due to our performance on the opening day."
Scotland now play
San Marino on Saturday, the
closing day of the tournament, at 16:00 EET, while Cyprus
takes on archrivals Luxembourg
at 19:00 EET.