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Team Germany plays 14 sets in three friendlies with Belgium, wins one

Team Germany will start their World League campaign this coming Friday and Saturday playing two home matches with Japan
Kortrijk, Belgium, May 19, 2014 - Germany finished their preparations for the upcoming start of the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World League with one victory and two losses in the friendly matches they played with their neighbours from Belgium. 

On Sunday the third and last match was very close before Belgium claimed their second home victory of the weekend at the tiebreak (25-15, 16-25, 25-23, 28-30, 15-13). Germany had previously won the first match by 3-2 and lost the second by 3-1.

The players mentored by Belgian-born coach Vital Heynen will make their debut in the World League this coming weekend hosting Japan for two home matches in Bamberg.

Heynen exploited the 14 sets played in Kortrijk as an opportunity to test all players on the roster and different tactics as well. Two youngsters – setter Jan Zimmermann and opposite Marvin Prolingheuer – made their debut with the jersey of the national team. 

Though Heynen could be happy with the stats recorded in blocking, serving and defence, it was the attack where he could see room for improvement. Lukas Kampa and Jochen Schöps delivered a strong performance with the latter scoring more than 20 points in two of the three matches played in Kortrijk.

“We needed playing time and this you always get with Belgium,” said coach Heynen. “We played as many sets as possible with the only exception being the second match. I have seen many things, some were good, others not that good. However, my general impression is positive. We will continue with our work and we hope to make another step forward next weekend as we play Japan.”

On Monday Team Germany travelled back home to be joined by Marcus Böhme, Ferdinand Tille and Denys Kaliberda. On Wednesday, the group will then move to Bamberg to get ready for their World League debut with Japan which is scheduled for Friday, May 23.


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