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Yellow Tigers undergo law of the strongest against Serbia and lose 2nd group match at European Volleyball Championship

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The Belgian volleyball women were unable to stunt in their second game at the European championship on Sunday. The Yellow Tigers (FIVB 11) lost against defending champions Serbia (FIVB 6), which won bronze at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, 3-0 (25-21, 25-21 and 25-21).

Laurens Van HeuverswijnSource: BELGIAN

The Tigers were the underdog against strong Serbia and tried to sell their skin dearly. However, the home team was a size too big in the first set (25-21). Also in the second set, the Belgian volleyball women clung to, without success (25-21). In set three, which again ended at 25-21, the Tigers’ spring was somewhat broken and Serbia steamed through to the win.

The Tigers won their first group match at the European Championship on Friday against direct competitor Azerbaijan (FIVB 48) 3-0 (25-13, 26-24 and 25-13). After the match against Serbia, the Belgian volleyball women will have matches against Russia (FIVB 5) tomorrow/Monday, Bosnia-Herzegovina (FIVB 28) on Tuesday and France (FIVB 34) on Wednesday. The top four from each group advance to the next round.

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This edition of the European Championship takes place in four different cities and 24 countries participate. The other three groups are in Plovdiv in Bulgaria, Zadar in Croatia and Cluj-Napoca in Romania.

The Tigers finished ninth in the Nations League last spring with eight wins (six of them 3-2) and seven defeats. National coach Gert Vande Broek will have to do without Kaja Grobelna at the European Championship, who has not yet recovered from a serious coronavirus infection.

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