Slovakia’s last result at the EuroVolley was a 13th place in 2009 while for Belarus it was a 7th place in 2017 (pictured), which also was their best performance.
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Slovakia, you've reached the eight-finals of #EuroVolleyW!
Slovakia made an incredible comeback, as the team was two sets down during the game. Belarus players produced below-par performance against Spain the day before, but against the home-side they started much better – with concentration and energy. They were still ahead in the first two sets although noisy Slovak fans made the best they can to turn the game around.
It looked like Marco Fenoglio´s side would suffer their first home defeat, but then the Slovaks started a slow turnaround. They produced a good phase in the third set, started to keep faith and go for their glory moment. They wasted two match-points in the final tie-break, but the third one was successful.
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 SLOVAKIA compared to BELARUS.
SLOVAKIA number of service aces compared to BELARUS
Errors leading to points of SLOVAKIA, next to those from BELARUS
“An historical advance for our team. I am proud of my girls. The game was not finished after two sets. We showed to everybody we have a team with fight spirit and attribute. We did not stop to fight. This is an historic day for whole country, because it never happened before. We are in the next phase. But in this moment we have chance to think for a better position. But first of all it’s time to celebrate. “
Nina Herelová Slovakia player: “Great we were able to overturn the game. When you are two sets down, you have mixed feeling. But I am glad for fighting spirit our team has.”
“We started well, but without good reception was very hard to win. It´s a pity we lost the game like this. We missed patience and concentration in the second half of the match.”