2018 Men’s European Volleyball League Week 2 Update

2018 MEN’S EUROPEAN VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE

  • May 19th-June 16th, 2018
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Five matches are down in pool play of the 2018 Men’s European Volleyball League, meaning just one remains for each nation. From there, things get whittled down to the Final Round, where a champion will emerge.

FORMAT:

In the 15th edition of the Men’s European Volleyball League, the tournament is split into two divisions: a 12-team Golden League and an eight-team Silver League. All teams are split into four-team pools for their division. In the Golden League, all three pool winner plus Czech Republic (or the team in second if they win their pool), the Final Round host, advance. In the Silver League, the winner of each pool, the next best team and host-Macedonia will advance to the last four.

Overall, this event acts as a qualifier for two teams to the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s Challenger Cup, which provides an opportunity to make the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men’s Nations League.

RESULTS:

Golden League

The interest got amplified to the final day of Pool A coming on June 6 because of what happened on Sunday; that was a Belgium victory over Estonia – which was not only revenge but came in just three sets. Estonia still leads the pool based on points, but Belgium actually has a stronger set ratio, meaning if they win their finale against Sweden in four or less sets and Estonia loses or wins in five sets, the lead would switch. Unfortunately for the team that loses the pool, there won’t be a second chance at making the Final Four because the playoffs’ host (Czech Republic) cannot win Pool C, so the top second-place nation won’t advance.

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1 Estonia 12 4 1 12 6 2.000 434 386 1.124
2 Belgium 11 4 1 13 6 2.167 446 412 1.083
3 Slovakia 4 1 4 6 13 0.462 424 444 0.955
4 Sweden 3 1 4 6 12 0.500 390 436 0.894

Schedule:

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
19 May 16:00 1–3 Belgium 20–25 25–23 21–25 17–25 83–98 Report
19 May 18:00 1–3 Estonia 22–25 26–24 19–25 17–25 84–99 Report
23 May 18:00 3–1 Sweden 25–23 25–18 19–25 25–16 94–82 Report
23 May 20:00 3–1 Belgium 25–16 25–20 27–29 25–17 102–82 Report
26 May 20:00 3–1 Sweden 25–22 18–25 25–23 25–17 93–87 Report
26 May 20:30 3–2 Slovakia 25–22 25–17 22–25 25–27 15–13 112–104 Report
30 May 20:00 0–3 Belgium 23–25 18–25 17–25 58–75 Report
30 May 20:00 0–3 Estonia 17–25 17–25 20–25 54–75 Report
2 Jun 19:00 3–0 Slovakia 27–25 32–30 25–21 84–76 Report
3 Jun 17:30 3–0 Estonia 29–27 25–19 25–19 79–65 Report
6 Jun 20:00 Slovakia 0–0 Report
6 Jun 20:30 Sweden 0–0 Report

Turkey did fall to Netherlands in five sets on Sunday, but they had already wrapped up the Pool B victory. That is because they have the set ratio won, which would be the tiebreaker after wins and points. Henceforth, even another Turkey loss (even in a sweep) with a Netherlands sweep victory on June 6 would put both teams at 4-2 (12 points), but the set ratio would be stronger for the Turkish side. That means they are off to the Final Four and the other members of Pool B will not be advancing.

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1 Turkey 12 4 1 14 5 2.800 434 396 1.096
2 Netherlands 9 3 2 13 11 1.182 533 482 1.106
3 Ukraine 7 2 3 10 11 0.909 446 464 0.961
4 Slovenia 2 1 4 4 14 0.286 360 431 0.835

Schedule:

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
20 May 15:30 3–0 Ukraine 25–23 25–23 25–20 75–66 Report
20 May 15:00 3–1 Slovenia 25–12 24–26 25–15 25–22 99–75 Report
23 May 15:30 3–2 Netherlands 25–23 21–25 25–20 20–25 15–12 106–105 Report
23 May 18:00 3–0 Slovenia 25–23 25–23 25–18 75–64 Report
26 May 17:00 2–3 Ukraine 25–15 20–25 25–20 24–26 13–15 107–101 Report
27 May 20:00 0–3 Turkey 21–25 20–25 16–25 57–75 Report
30 May 15:30 3–0 Slovenia 25–22 25–15 25–19 75–56 Report
30 May 20:00 2–3 Netherlands 25–22 17–25 20–25 25–23 10–15 97–110 Report
2 Jun 17:00 3–2 Turkey 24–26 25–21 25–22 23–25 15–9 112–103 Report
3 Jun 20:00 3–2 Ukraine 25–20 21–25 21–25 25–23 16–14 108–107 Report
6 Jun 20:00 Turkey 0–0 Report
6 Jun 20:00 Netherlands 0–0 Report

On Sunday, the top two teams in Pool C met for the lead heading into the final match. In a thrilling five-setter, Portugal downed Finland, setting them up even closer to clinching the pool. In fact, they could even lose in their finale on June 6 to Czech Republic and still win Pool C if Finland lost or based on tiebreakers that would depend on points and sets. Still, their best bet is to just earn a win while Finland will be hoping for some help as one of the two will join Czech Republic, the hosts, in the Final Four.

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1 Portugal 12 4 1 12 10 1.200 490 482 1.017
2 Finland 10 3 2 13 9 1.444 486 474 1.025
3 Czech Republic 7 2 3 9 11 0.818 458 452 1.013
4 Spain 4 1 4 8 12 0.667 442 468 0.944

Schedule:

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
19 May 15:00 3–1 Spain 25–18 25–20 22–25 25–22 97–85 Report
19 May 19:00 3–0 Czech Republic 25–20 25–20 27–25 77–65 Report
23 May 20:00 1–3 Finland 23–25 25–21 19–25 21–25 88–96 Report
23 May 20:45 3–0 Portugal 27–25 25–17 29–27 81–69 Report
26 May 19:00 2–3 Portugal 25–17 15–25 19–25 25–21 13–15 97–103 Report
26 May 19:00 3–1 Spain 25–13 25–18 19–25 27–25 96–81 Report
30 May 18:00 2–3 Portugal 25–19 25–19 27–29 21–25 13–15 111–107 Report
30 May 19:30 3–2 Spain 25–23 22–25 25–20 21–25 15–11 108–104 Report
3 Jun 18:00 1–3 Czech Republic 25–22 24–26 21–25 21–25 91–98 Report
3 Jun 17:00 3–2 Finland 25–22 21–25 25–21 28–30 15–10 114–108 Report
6 Jun 18:30 Czech Republic 0–0 Report
6 Jun 20:45 Finland 0–0 Report

Silver League

Latvia remained unbeaten in the Silver League by taking down Macedonia on Sunday, setting up one final match with Austria on June 6 to wrap things up. While it would appear the match would be for the Pool A crown, there actually isn’t a way that Austria can work themselves ahead of Latvia. Even a sweep by Austria would put both teams at 5-1 with 15 points, but Latvia would have the set ratio still. That means they will join Macedonia in the Final Four as the Pool A champion.

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1 Latvia 15 5 0 15 1 15.000 403 291 1.385
2 Austria 12 4 1 13 5 2.600 439 369 1.190
3 Macedonia 3 1 4 5 13 0.385 400 443 0.903
4 Kosovo 0 0 5 1 15 0.067 246 395 0.623

Schedule:

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
19 May 17:30 1–3 Latvia 21–25 25–21 17–25 22–25 85–96 Report
20 May 16:30 1–3 Macedonia 25–20 16–25 17–25 14–25 72–95 Report
23 May 17:30 0–3 Austria 18–25 12–25 17–25 47–75 Report
23 May 19:30 3–0 Macedonia 25–17 25–16 25–19 75–52 Report
26 May 18:00 3–0 Kosovo 25–12 25–8 25–14 75–34 Report
27 May 20:30 1–3 Austria 18–25 25–22 20–25 31–33 94–105 Report
30 May 17:00 0–3 Latvia 21–25 9–25 20–25 50–75 Report
30 May 20:15 3–1 Macedonia 25–20 23–25 26–24 25–20 99–89 Report
2 Jun 20:15 3–0 Kosovo 25–11 25–12 25–20 75–43 Report
3 Jun 20:15 0–3 Latvia 26–28 27–29 17–25 70–82 Report
6 Jun 19:30 Austria 0–0 Report
6 Jun 20:15 Kosovo 0–0 Report

POOL B

For the first time, Croatia fell in a match in pool play, as Belarus earned a victory to keep themselves alive in the pool. That means the final day of action will have key implications, were both teams will be looking for a full amount of points and an improvement to their other tiebreakers – set and point ratio – which currently favors Croatia. Neither team plays a juggernaut next, but Croatia’s is a bit tougher. In the first go around, Croatia downed Albania 3-0 (75-59 in total points) with Belarus defeating Hungary 3-0 (75-50 in points). If those results doubled, Croatia would still claim the Pool B victory based on a better point ratio. Of course, the best second-place team between Pool A and Pool B also advances, so the loser will be cheering hard for Latvia in the pool finales.

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1 Croatia 12 4 1 13 4 3.250 400 329 1.216
2 Belarus 12 4 1 13 4 3.250 399 345 1.157
3 Albania 4 1 4 5 13 0.385 384 431 0.891
4 Hungary 2 1 4 4 14 0.286 352 430 0.819

Schedule:

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
19 May 20:00 3–0 Hungary 25–12 25–16 25–14 75–42 Report
20 May 18:00 3–0 Albania 25–23 25–23 25–21 75–67 Report
23 May 16:00 1–3 Albania 25–22 21–25 21–25 23–25 90–97 Report
23 May 19:00 1–3 Croatia 25–21 17–25 19–25 20–25 81–96 Report
26 May 17:00 3–0 Albania 25–15 25–23 25–21 75–59 Report
26 May 19:00 3–0 Hungary 25–17 25–18 25–15 75–50 Report
30 May 18:30 0–3 Croatia 17–25 19–25 18–25 54–75 Report
30 May 20:00 0–3 Belarus 17–25 22–25 14–25 53–75 Report
2 Jun 19:00 2–3 Hungary 26–28 19–25 25–21 29–27 9–15 108–116 Report
2 Jun 20:00 1–3 Belarus 25–18 17–25 16–25 21–25 79–93 Report
6 Jun 16:00 Belarus 0–0 Report
6 Jun 20:00 Croatia 0–0 Report

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