Collecting a bronze medal in 1963, Romania have 24 EuroVolley appearances to their name. While Croatia finished second in three successive events between 1995 and 1999. The two teams met last time during the 2013 EuroVolley Qualifications, with both nations winning their respective home matches.
ONYEJEKWE Nneka Obiamaka
BACIU Ioana Maria
ROGOJINARU Denisa Adriana
BALINTONI Diana Lorena
TRICA Alexandra Romela
WFC-11-ROMANIA vs CROATIA
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WFC-11-ROMANIA vs CROATIA
Croatia claim an extremely important win over Romania
Having a ticket to the EuroVolley 8th Finals at stake of today's clash, Romania opened the game fearfully. The team led by Luciano PEDULLA couldn't find their rhythm and Croatia didn't miss this opportunity and outspiked their opponent and winning the first set.
After changing sides, the game of Romania changed, they improved their block, gaining a significant advantage at 15-9. A great service from Sanja Popovic-Gamma helped the Croats to reduce the gap to 15-14. In the decisive moment Romania used the first set point.
It was like a cold shower for Croatia, with some amazing defensive actions from their libero Rene SAIN and really solid game in all other elements they took this set.
In the fourth set, Romania led 18-14, but the Croats didn't give up. They reduced the gap and with 4 winning blocks in the final part of the set, they closed the game making a big step towards EuroVolley 8th finals.
Ioana Maria BACIU (ROU) was the best scorer of the game with 24 points, she was followed by Lucija MLINAR (CRO) who tallied 22. Both teams stay in quest for spots in the EuroVolley 1/8 finals.
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 ROMANIA compared to CROATIA.
ROMANIA number of service aces compared to CROATIA
Errors leading to points of ROMANIA, next to those from CROATIA
"We made many mistakes during the whole match, and we didn't manage to focus on our game. I have to study this game tomorrow, and replay the critical situations, because we played very bad tonight. They were waiting for our serves at the end of the court, and we were not able to change anything in our serve. Now, we have to calm down, and try to find solutions as soon as possible."
head coach of Romania
Lucija MLINAR, outside spiker of Croatia:
"I'm really happy with the win, because Romania is this tournament's big surprise for me. They have a good team, they play very nice volleyball. They don't have big stars but the team is so compact. They fight good. We expected very hard game but we were really focused."