Austria’s men set sights on European League Final Four
2016 CEV Volleyball European League - Men
Vienna, Austria, May 19, 2016. Since the end of April the Austrian men’s national team has been preparing for the upcoming challenges. They will start their 2016 campaign later this weekend with the first-round qualifier to the 2017 CEV Volleyball European Championship – Men when playing hosts Luxembourg, the Republic of Moldova and Lithuania. After that they will take on their home round of the 2016 CEV Volleyball European League scheduled for June 3-5 in Enns and Amstetten where they will play once again Luxembourg, as well as the national teams of Estonia and Belarus.
The national team’s build-up started with a camp at the Landessportzentrum VIVA in Steinbrunn, where friendly matches with Denmark were also contested. In the first match, Austria had to accept a close loss, but the second one turned into a commanding victory for Austria. Last weekend Austria continued their preparations by joining the third edition of the Alba Regia Volleyball Gala in Székesfehérvár, Hungary. After sweeping hosts Hungary aside 3-0, Austria also edged Bulgaria 3-1. After a close 3-2 win over Sweden on the final day, Austria emerged as the eventual winners of the tournament.
Austria’s men are fired up for 2016 CEV Volleyball European League
Austrian Volleyball Federation (ÖVV) President Peter Kleinmann looks forward to the 2016 CEV Volleyball European League home tournament with great anticipation: “Amstetten is equipped with an awesome, refurbished arena. As for Enns, this is where our team played last season their CEV Volleyball European League home matches versus Israel and these resulted in two wins. Our team feels very good in Enns. So, that is a good omen!”
ÖVV Secretary General Philipp Seel: “We are very happy with having such excellent hosts with Amstetten and Enns. The preparations are in full swing to deliver a premium event to our fans.”
The Austrian men’s Volleyball team competes in Pool B together with Estonia, Belarus and rookies Luxembourg. Pool A includes Bulgaria, the Former Y.R. of Macedonia, Denmark and Albania.
Two single round-robin tournaments are contested for each pool. As for Pool B, tournament 2 is scheduled for June 18-20 in Estonia. Hosts Bulgaria, both group winners and the second-placed team with the best score will qualify for the Final Four which is due to take place on July 1-2 in Varna, Bulgaria. The eventual winners of the competition will become eligible to join the 2017 edition of the FIVB World League provided they fulfil all necessary conditions and requirements.
ÖVV Sports Director Gottfried Rath: “Playing Estonia, Luxembourg and Belarus we have a real chance of reaching the Final Four. Next to making the Final Four, a successful performance in the group stage would also be important to improve our position in the CEV ranking.”
Austria head coach Michael Warm: “We are totally focussed on the European Championship qualifier and the 2016 CEV Volleyball European League!” Warm has just extended his contract until 2019, although he was among the potential candidates for the leadership of the German national team. Warm: “The German Volleyball Federation contacted me in December, when Vital Heynen’s retreat from his position as ‘Bundestrainer’ was already agreed upon.” However, after a careful analysis, the decision was made in favour of Austria. “I take great delight in coaching this team and my job is not yet done. I see quite a lot of potential for the future!,” he said.
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