Russia, who have recently confirmed their Tokyo 2020 spot (pictured), are keen to continue their current unbeaten run (W2-L0) against Switzerland, whom they have last played and beat in 1971 and 1967. While Switzerland has only participated at three EuroVolley, Russia is the only country to have been present at every European Championship since 1949.
Team Russia time-out
Light show in Bratislava
Team Switzerland cheering
The concentration of team Russia
Another straight-sets victory for Russia
Group D big favourite started slowly, Switzerland fought for every point and had four points lead in the end of the first set (22-18), but Russia took timeout and turned the score.
Same story in the second set. When Switzerland enjoyed the privilege of a short break, the Russians reacted with a more focused performance. In the third set Russian team controlled the game.
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 RUSSIA compared to SWITZERLAND.
RUSSIA number of service aces compared to SWITZERLAND
Errors leading to points of RUSSIA, next to those from SWITZERLAND
Maja Storck, Switzerland opposite: “We can be proud of ourselves. Nobody expected we would be able to reach so many points against such a strong opponent. Russians were calmer in the sets ending.”
“We once again did not start well, but then the game went in our way. The most important thing is we won. That was our main goal.”