2017 FIVB WORLD LEAGUE
Slovenia remained undefeated in Pool A2 play with a 3-1 rout of the Czech Republic, moving to 9 points and a tie for the top spot in Group 2. Slovenia is currently tied with Slovakia, which plays in Pool B2.
Pool A2 Standings:
Slovenia def. Czech Republic 3-1 (15-19, 25-21, 23-25, 25-16)
Alen Sket raked in 21 points and Klemen Cebulj 15, outscoring everyone on the Czech side to lead a 3-1 win for Slovenia. Slovenia played 10 different men and had four score in the double digits.
The Czech Republic was outspiked by a massive 60-38 margin, but did lead with 12 total blocks to Slovenia’s 6. 5 of those blocks came from Michal Finger, who also had a team-high 13 points. Petr Michalek had 12 himself.
The loss drops the Czech Republic behind Korea in total record, but the two teams still remain tied at 4 points apiece.
Korea def. Finland 3-2 (24-26, 25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 15-13)
Korea earned its second win in as many days, knocking off Finland in a brutal five-setter. Finland went up 1-0 on a hard-fought first set, but Korea fought back to take two more sets before Finland evened things up. The third set came down to just two points as Korea triumphed 15-13.
Joo-Hyeong Park had a game-high 24 points for Korea, with Kang-Won Lee scoring 17. A deep Korean roster wound up using freshness to outlast Finland – 12 different Koreans got on the floor, compared to just 8 Finnish players.
Jan Helenius had 20 points to lead Finland, getting 3 of them on blocks. Finland outblocked Korea 12-7, but struggled to get digs, losing that stat 8-22.