Apeldoorn, Netherlands, January 8, 2020 - Germany claimed a close four-set victory against Belgium 3-1 (33-31, 26-24, 24-26, 25-22) at the CEV Women's Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournament in Apeldoorn on Wednesday. The result means coach Felix Koslowski's team top Pool B after the second day of competition.
It was the Germans who came out on top after four close sets, but for their outside hitter Hannah Ortmann it was all about playing the important points well. "We knew that Belgium was a tough team that defends well, but we did a good job on our side with block defence. It was an important game for us, and in the end, we made the more important points. It was very important that we won that first set, it helped the enthusiasm of the team."
Belgium coach Gert Van Der Broek was disappointed with the result but said the pool remained open with all four teams able to claim a positive result and credited his players with a good match. "I think we will play game by game. If you look at our pool right now, anything is possible. There is no favourite, there are four equal teams in the pool. I am very satisfied about the way we play, and very satisfied about our mentality."
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