North Macedonia play at their first ever EuroVolley. Their best result this far is a second place in the European Golden League in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Russia is a much higher ranked team and a true European volleyball power. They are the current European Champions and the FIVB Volleyball Nations League winners. They have not played each other recently.
First RefereeJan KRTICKACZESecond RefereeVitor Alexandre GONCALVESPOR
The Stožice Arena, which opened the 10th of August 2010, is the biggest multipurpose arena in Slovenia with the full capacity of 12,480 visitors. It is a home to basketball team KK Olimpija Ljubljana, volleyball team ACH Volley Ljubljana and handball team RK Krim Ljubljana, and several national teams, among them the volleyball national teams. It has been also holding many music concerts and manifestations.
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Team North Macedonia celebrating the point
Team Russia in the mood
ANGELOVSKI Darko (MKD) enjoying his final preparations before the match
BUTKO Alexander (RUS) and VOLVICH Artem (RUS) preparing for the match
North Macedonia fans
Team North Macedonia and Russia head coaches warm greeting
Team Russia celebrating
ANDREEV Evgenii (RUS) in action
Three out of three for Russia in #EuroVolleyM Pool C
Russia and North Macedonia each played already their third match in as many days in Stožice Arena. Finnish expert on Russia’s bench Tuomas Sammelvuo started the match with players who rested during yesterday’s clash. North Macedonia could keep the pace just at the beginning of the match, later the opponents pulled away with strong serving and solid blocking, leaving them no chances to win in the second set.
North Macedonians managed to close the gap in the third set and got into the 2-point lead (17-15). After a dramatic finish Russia did not allow them to cause a surprise claiming the third set by 28-30. Dimitrii Volkov scored the most points, 15, while Nikola Gjorgiev and Filip Majdunkov claimed 12 each for North Macedonia.
The match in numbers
The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.
The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.
Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.
The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.
An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.
The number of successful point winning blocks of NORTH MACEDONIA compared to RUSSIA.
NORTH MACEDONIA number of service aces compared to RUSSIA
Errors leading to points of NORTH MACEDONIA, next to those from RUSSIA
"In the first two sets we didn't play as we can but then in the last set we've had our chances, we were really close and could have won but at the end the bigger and more experienced team took the win."
"I think the main reason for our defeat was our lack of experience. We had the opportunity to win the third set. Overall the third set was good, we played better than yesterday and I think this will bring us the confidence to play with Slovenia. I don't want to create any preassure but with good atmosphere and our supporters we can expect a good match."
head coach (MKD)
" We are happy with today's outcome. The most important ting for us was to claim another three points. We will go match by match, there are still some important games ahead and we need to improve some elements by then, since we will face some strong opponents. We are already looking forward to that."
"We claimed another three points, although we lost our concentration for a bit in the third set, which is why Macedonians closed the gap. What is more, they improved their performance a lot in the last part of the match, which caused us quite some trouble, but we believed in our win through the whole match."