VNL: Germany stuns defending Olympic champ France

Germany sent a shocking message to France ahead of the latter's Olympic title defense at home. Cesca Rampas
By Jonathan Salvacion

PASAY--World number 12 Germany pulled off a stunner against reigning Olympic champions France in 4 sets, 25-23, 25-27, 25-20, 25-23, on Day 2 of the Volleyball Nations League Week 3 on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

This victory improved Germany’s record to 4 wins and 5 losses, keeping their hopes of advancing to the knockout stages of the VNL in Łódź, Poland alive.

The first two sets of the match were super tight with Germany and France winning each set with the closest gap possible, 25-23 and 25-27 respectively.

In the third set, Germany played more dominantly winning with a bigger lead of 25-20 while the fourth set followed the tempo of the first two sets which was won by Germany 25-23.

Veteran outside hitter, György Grozer led the match for the Germans with 21 with 18 coming from attacks while Jean Patry scored 20 in a losing effort for France.

For Grozer and setter Lukas Kampa, this is already the start of Germany’s preparations heading towards the Olympics in Italy where the top 12 volleyball teams are set to battle and ignite fire on the Olympic volleyball court.

For German Head Coach, Michał Winiarski, he can see that his team’s game is already coming up especially having key players back in the lineup which we’re not able to play in the first two weeks of VNL.

Team Germany will be tested once again on Thursday as they are set to go up against another winning team, Canada, at 11 a.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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