Slovenia’s greatest achievement is a silver medal at the 2015 CEV European Championship. In the 2018 they competed at the FIVB World Championship for the first time in history and finished 12th. Another success came this July, with the FIVB Volleyball Challenger Cup on home soil, and consequently a qualification for the FIVB Volleyball Nations League. North Macedonia play at their first ever EuroVolley. They have been in the finals of European Golden League a few times, but never finished with the top honours. In the 2015 edition they faced Slovenia, who proved to be a better team, winning 3-0.
Slovenia already qualified to 1/8 finals of EuroVolley and will now try to regain the 1st place in Pool C. Last night North Macedonia scored their first, historic #EuroVolleyM win, remaining in the race for final 16.
"Even if we start with a different line-up today, we still need to get a victory to win thie first place in the pool"
First RefereeEldar ZULFUGAROVAZESecond RefereeAleksandar PETROVICSRB
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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MARTILOTTI Alfredo Walter
MARTILOTTI Alfredo Walter
LJAFTOV Aleksandar (MKD) in action
Team North Macedonia celebrates
Head coach of North Macedonia Nikola MATIJASEVIC
Team North Macedonia celebrates the second set win
ČEBULJ Klemen (SLO) attempt to save the ball
Captain GJORGIEV Nikola (MKD) celebrating a victory
North Macedonia silence the home crowd in Slovenia
North Macedonia went into the match against home favourites strong, on the wings of yesterday’s maiden win at the European Championships against Belarus. Nikola Gjorgiev delivered amazing performance once more. Slovenia, who played without their captain Tine Urnaut and Jan Kozamernik, made a comeback, closing the gap at 23-23, but slipped on the very last step of the opening set.
Alen Pajenk scored 3 aces and added 5 spikes to secure his team 21-17 lead, but the opponent stroke once more, with Aleksandar Ljaftov leading their way. Urnaut’s powerful serving brought his team the third set. North Macedonia came back in the finish of the fourth set and emerged victorious on the second consecutive day. Nikola Gjorgiev top scored with 24 points, while Alen Pajenk claimed 19 for Slovenia.
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 SLOVENIA compared to NORTH MACEDONIA.
SLOVENIA number of service aces compared to NORTH MACEDONIA
Errors leading to points of SLOVENIA, next to those from NORTH MACEDONIA
"I am satisfied with the team, we played really manly. It was a hard day. Yesterday the whole team went to sleep at four or five in the morning. I have never seen stronger servers. We love our country too much, so we gave our maximum to represent it. We got new three points, which is unbelievable. We hope to advance and go to France."
"Many have written us off, that we came here accidentally as outsiders. We have proved that we are not. We opened the championship badly, but it is normal - it is our first EuroVolley and we are euphoric. We did not have enough strength, we played a bit stiff. In the match with Belarus we showed we can play against other teams here. Our team-play, which is our trademark, showed we deserve some luck and here it is. We managed to do what we wanted."
"Congratulations to North Macedonia, they fougt really well. Tomorrow is a new day and a new game for us. We have to recover and concentrate, as we are expecting even tougher match against Russia, but I hope we will avenge two losses from 2017."
"Our heads were not in the right place today, our minds were at the game with Russia I think. We though it's going to be an easy quest against North Macedonia, but obviously that wasn't the case. You have to respect every oponnent. We knew they wouldl be motivated after yesterdays victory and that proved to be the case. Our blocking was loose, we did not push on the serve as we should and the result is here. Tomorrow we face Russia and we will have to show proper Volleyball on our side again."