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Belgium wins thriller in Pool C

bel-fra-topHitchcock couldn’t have written a better screenplay, than the game story in Sunday’s first match between Belgium and France was like. Not less than 23 set points were played in the game. Belgium had the better end and beat France 3-1 (31-29, 34-36, 25-20, 26-24) after 125 minutes.

Belgium had made the better start in the game (12-8), when France came up and even took the lead (16:19) in the opening set. But the Belgians didn’t give up and worked hard for their first two set points in this match (24-22). France tried everything to counter, but Belgium finally used their seventh opportunity to save the first set (31-29).

Those who thought, that the game couldn’t get more exciting were disabused. France set the pace almost all the way in set two. Belgium closed a gap twice (14-19, 21-23) and had the chance to come out on top. This time France converted his seventh set point to equal the score (36-34)- Belgium missed five chances.

Despite winning the second set, France couldn’t keep the momentum on their side, when they quickly saw themselves seven points down (6:13). France committed 11 mistakes (compared to 6 of Belgium), too many to beat the Belgiums in this set.

The pre-decisive moment of the game was a 6:0 mini-break of Belgium in middle of the set, when they suddenly took the lead (10-12, 16-12). Although France’s topscorer Earvin Ngapeth (23) served two aces and brought his team back on track (23-23), France couldn’t prevent Belgium from winning their first match at 2011 CEV Volleyball European Championship –Men.

Gert Van Walle top-scored for Belgium with 22 points, followed by Pieter Verhees (16).

Belgium’s coach Claudio Gewehr was „really satisfied with his team’s performance. In my opinion, the deciding moment was the second set when we fought back and almost won the set.“

Philippe Blain emphasized his team’s big problems in reception. „With as reception like this, it’s really hard to side-out. Our middles couldn’t get used almost the whole game.“

Belgium’s captain Frank Depestele said, that for him „the big start in the third set (13-6) was the key to success. France looked mentally tired and we used the chance. Now it’s up to us, to claim the second place in Pool C.“

Pierre Puyol expressed his congratulations to Belgium. „We played really bad today. Our reception and service was terrible. Belgium deserved to win. Now we need to prepare well for our next match against Italy.“