DrGerman volleyball players enter matches against Olympic qualifying favorites with an almost flawless record. On Wednesday evening, coach Vital Heynin’s team defeated Slovenia in Lodz after a strong display with a score of 3:2 (17:25, 25:21, 19:25, 25:16, 15:12).
The German Volleyball Association selection has won all four matches so far and almost achieved the maximum score with ten points out of a possible twelve. In volleyball, you get three points for a 3-0 or 3-1 win, but only two points for a 3-2 win. As was the case against Slovenia, the German team beat South Korea by only 3-2. There were clean victories over Thailand (3:0) and Colombia (3:1) at the beginning of the tournament.
Upcoming matches against the best teams from Poland, Italy and the United States will determine whether the Germans can secure one of the two tickets to Paris 2024.
The first encounter will be on Friday against the hosts (5.30pm/Volleyballworld.tv), against whom they failed in the last 16 of the European Championship a few weeks ago. The match against Italy will take place on Saturday (8:45pm), before the final clash against Olympic champions USA (5:30pm).
The German team, led by the returning Kimberly Drewniuk in the Qatari position, must win two of the three matches to qualify for the Olympics, and is still considered a team out of competition despite the series of successive victories in the first four matches. Italy and the United States have also won all four matches so far. But Poland stumbled to a 3-2 defeat against Thailand on Wednesday.
Two starting Olympic spots will be awarded in each of the three groups of eight players in Poland, China and Japan. All group opponents play against each other once. Another opportunity at the Olympics is through the world rankings. Payments will not be made until June next year, after which a further five places will be allocated to Paris.
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