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Belgian players ready to fight for place in Final Four


Brussels, Belgium, June 18, 2014 - After their first straight set loss in three years, the Belgian Dragons took revenge against Canada last Saturday with one of their best results and a surprising 3-1 win against their hosts in the FIVB World League 2014.

As a result Belgium were able to close week 4 by topping the leader board in Pool C and are now in with a chance of becoming one of the Final Four participants in July in Sydney, Australia.

“If we will reach this Final Four, it is practically an obligation to win our last home matches against Finland,” said Belgian coach Dominique Baeyens.

“This week we have no more problems with jetlag, no injuries on the team, some rest days for part of our team, a rotation system with this week with Colson and ‘player of the year’ Tuerlinckx, replacing Verhees and Van den Dries, who can take a few weeks of recuperation,” said Baeyens.

“I think this is our way to success. We have a very good group of players, fighting for each other and who are in a winning mood and have a lot of pleasure playing together. It was typical that our captain Frank Depestele came to me, asking for one more week of play, even though he was told to rest. This is just one illustration of the atmosphere among the Red Dragons.”

However, the Belgians are aware that it will not be easy to win against the Finnish team.

“The Finnish team surprised me by losing in their first home game against Australia. A day later they won. They have the qualities needed to make it difficult for every team. In the past the Belgian national teams always had a problem to beat them. But that was in the past. We are ready to play and are in good shape and have the support of our own public to fight for a place in the Final Four, even if we still have some heavy away matches against Australia and Finland.

“We try to solve the problem of long distance travel by having a rotation system with our players. Nobody will play 12 games, so we always see fresh and motivated players in the team,” concluded coach Baeyens.


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