Back to court, Grozer helps Germany to claim second victory


After losing the third set, Germany managed to rebuild and win the whole match

 Katowice, Poland, September 5, 2014- Germany took on Tunisia 3-1 (25-13, 25-19, 21-25, 25-12) in pool B of 2014 FIVB World Championships in Katowice on Friday, Tunisia team stays with 0-3 won-loss ratio, being placed sixth in the pool, while Germany improved to 2-1.

Playing better in spike and having a big advantage in block, Germany managed to gain their second victory in the tournament. With György Grozer coming from the bench in the fourth set, they were able to refocus after losing the third set 21-25 and add another victory to their tally. 

Key points:
• Marcus Böhme and Marouen Garci led their teams, both with 12 points.

• Germany led in 13-4 in block, 6-1 in serve and 45-32 in spike.

• After two matches, György Grozer of Germany is ranked first among best servers of 2014 World Championship. 

• Germany's only other World Championship match against an African side so far was a 3-0 victory against Guinea in 1970 (as East Germany). 

Strong spike by Denys Kaliberda of Germany opened the first set. Tunisia answered with an efficient dink, but it was Germany who run 4-1 ahead and forced Fethi Mkaouar to ask for the timeout. Continuing with good reception and fine spikes, Germans added a double block by Christian Fromm and Marcus Böhme and a single one performed by Fromm and increased their leading to 13-7. Tunisia with their problems with playing efficient counter-attacks, lost touch with Germans, who led comfortably 16-8 at the second technical timeout. Vital Heynen’s players stayed focused keeping a firm grip of their advantage till the end of the first set, making their attack efficiency (13 points against Tunisia’s 4) the main clue to win 25-13. 

Playing even at the beginning of the set number two, both teams fought hard to make some advantage. Marcus  Böhme helped with jumping out to leading 7-4 with a huge middle spike. Just after that, Christian Fromm adding an ace built 8-4 score at the first technical timeout. Trying their best Nabil Miladi and Marouen Garci, weren’t able to form an efficient block to stop aggressively spiking Germans, who extended their leading throughout the rest of the set number two (16-9 at the second technical timeout). Miladi Ben Othmen put all his efforts to help his team with catching up the score, but staying focused Germany romped into a victory 25-19. 

Ten minutes break between set helped Tunisia with refocusing so that they came back into the game 6-5 ahead. After an effective triple blocked by Slimene Khaled Ben, Nabil Miladi and Ismail Moalla, Tunisia led 8-5 during the first technical timeout. After fine defence, Tunisia were able to play efficient counter-attacks what Ismail Moalla used, pushing his team 10-6 ahead. Keeping the advantage, Tunisia added fine spikes and made 5 points led (19-14), putting a pressure on German team. However, Germany caught up at 19-19 after left-wing spike by Denys Kaliberda. Tunisia didn’t flounder their big advantage so that they won the set 25-21. 

Returning to the game focused, Germany run 4-1 ahead. Fine block by György Grozer, followed by his huge right-wing spike increased Germany’s leading to 7-1 and forced Fethi Mkaouar to call for the timeout. Adding consecutive points, Grozer extended his team’s leading to 13-4. Elyes Karamosli did his best to force Germany’s block, but single efficient actions did not prevent Germans from going confidently to the end of the fourth set.


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