Greece Win But Just Miss Out on Third Qualifying Round
FIVB WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - QUALIFYING
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Greece defeated Luxembourg 3-0 set but just missed out on the next round of qualifying for the FIVB World Championships due to Slovakia’s 3-2 loss to the Netherlands.
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Greece had no trouble against bottom of the table Luxembourg in the final qualifier for the FIVB World Championships, defeating their opponents 3-0 set. However, after Greece’s loss against Slovakia in Saturday's qualifier, the Galanolefki needed help in today’s qualifiers from Moldova against Austria and help from the Netherlands against Slovakia to keep their hopes alive for the next qualifying round.
Surprisingly, Moldova defeated Austria 3-1 set earlier in the day but Slovakia managed to snag a point in a 3-2 loss against the Netherlands, leaving Greece out of the running for the next qualifying round. The Ethniki needed a 3-0 or 3-1 Slovakia loss to the group winners Netherlands but unfortunately the Dutch did not do Greece the favor.
Greece claimed third place in Group B, tied with Slovakia in wins and points, but were eliminated from qualifying for the FIVB World Championships due to their lower set ratio.