This Belgian side has spirit, says Baeyens


Belgium celebrate their second win of the weekend over Finland

Tampere, Finland, May 23, 2015 – Belgium coach Dominique Baeyens says his side showed great spirit as they battled back from behind to beat Finland 3-2 (29-31, 25-20, 23-25, 25-21, 15-11) on Sunday in the World League.

”I'm really happy with two victories,” said Baeyens. “This was a big question mark before this weekend, but now it is the perfect scenario for us. Two victories are very important for us in the pool standing. This team had great heart, great spirit. It means good things for the future.”

Belgium captain Sam Deroo added: ”This was a real battle, just like yesterday. In the fifth set we played with good energy and fight. Finland served stronger today than yesterday. After we lost the third set it was not easy to recover, but now we can be happy for this two victories.”

Finland coach Tuomas Sammelvuo said his side weren’t patient enough. “It was well balanced game for Belgium. The difference was in attacks, we were not patient enough. We had very good service today and normally we should win with serves like that. The last set was again difficult. We must learn how to handle those cases better. We must also find solutions to improve our attacks. Also our blocking must be better. Belgium has very good players like Sam Deroo.”

Finland captain Antti Siltala added: ”Belgium really was better in these two games. They played more balanced volleyball and they had great defence. In attacks they were much smarter than us. We were not patient enough. We must work hard during the next week to win in Belgium next weekend.”

Next weekend the teams meet again in Kortrijk, Belgium.


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