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13 June 2012
Berlin, Germany, June 10, 2012 – World No 13 Germany captured Olympic ticket to London 2012 following the victory against No 23 Czech Republic 3-0 at the FIVB Men’s World Qualification Tournament at Max- Schmeling Hall in Berlin, Germany on Sunday to be the team number 11 to secure the berths for the volleyball event of the 2012 London Games.
In the other match Cuba powered India 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-20), a victory that kept Cuba in the race for few hours until Germany took over the Czechs.
Unbeaten in three matches host Germany led the 4 nation tournament with a win- loss ratio of 3-0 ahead of Cuba that comes second with 2-1. Czech Republic came third (1-2) followed by India (0-3).
Eleven men teams secured their tickets to London which are Hosts Great Britain, 2011 FIVB World Cup top three teams winners Russia, runners-up Poland, third placed Brazil, CAVB winners Tunisia, NORCECA winners USA, CEV winners Italy, CSV winners Argentina, AVC winners Australia (through the World Olympic Qualification in Japan), World Olympic Qualification in Japan winner Serbia, World Olympic Qualification in Germany winner Germany. Only one team will complete the Olympic frame from World Olympic Qualification in Bulgaria later on Sunday.
Germany v Czech Republic
Host Germany overpowered Czech Republic 3-1 (25-22, 25-23, 25-22, 25-21) to book Olympic Ticket to London 2012. Coming off a stunning five-set comeback win against Cuba on Saturday, Germany followed it up with a tough four-setter against struggling Czech Republic in last match of the FIVB Men’s African Qualification tournament.
Unbeaten in the tournament Germany improved their win- loss record to 3-0, while the Czechs dropped 1-2.
For the Germans, it was their fifth victory in 11 matches in FIVB competitions against 6 for the Czechs. Including the European Champs, Czech Republic is still leading 14-6.
Leading the way for Germany once more was György Grozer with 28 points, while Jan Stokr registered 19 points for Czechs.
“It was the toughest day of the tournament. We needed the win while the Czech Republic didn´t mind about winning or not winning. It wasn’t a very good game. We didn´t show our full potential but it was enough. We didn´t prove ourselves by playing nice volleyball but by working hard.” German coach Vital Heynen said after the match.
Cuba v India
World ranked 5 Cuba rebounded from a second-day loss to Germany with a straight-sets (25-12, 25-22, 25-20) win over India in the third and final day.
They kept the chance to qualify for the Olympic Games for few hours as they awaited the result of the following match between Germany and the Czech Republic where Germany deprived their dreams.
Rolando Cepeda led Cuba’s and match scorers with 23 points, while India captain Singh Gurinder was the best in his team (11 pts)
The victory raised Cuba's record to 2-1, while India dropped to 0-3 at the end of the tournament.
It was the first match ever between Cuba and India. The teams never played before in any FIVB competition and now Cuba leads the head to head matches 1-0.
“I’m not happy because we probably don´t qualify for the Olympic Games,” Cuba’ coach Orlando Samuels said
“It was hard to play after the defeat against Germany yesterday. I think there has been only one crucial game during this tournament.
India coach G.E. Sridharan was happy with his improving performance from one match to another. “I´m happy for my team´s performance today, it was better than the last two days. Cuba is a very high level team and we learned much by playing against them. Best wishes to the team which is going to the Olympic Games.”
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