Greece's Rafail Koumentakis strikes against the Chinese Taipei block in the 2016 world League Group 3 finals, as both sides return to the competition this year.
Lausanne, Switzerland, May 18, 2017 - The city of Leon in Mexico’s state of Guanajuato will host this year’s Group 3 finals on June 17 and 18 to determine the champions of the group for the 2017 World League. The Group 3 competition will begin on June 2 and will end on June 11, with six teams from Europe, three from Asia, and one each from Africa, North America and South America.Quick links - Volleyball:
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Germany, who missed out on promotion last year when they fell to Slovenia in the Group 3 final at home in Frankfurt, are back again. Under the new leadership of Italian coach Andrea Giani (who last year was the coach of Slovenia), Germany are fielding the youngest squad in the group, though there’s some old-timers, including Olympians Marcus Boehme
on the outside and Denys Kaliberda
in the middle.
By contrast, 2016 Group 3 bronze medallists Greece have the oldest team on average, headed by opposite and captain Mitar Tzourits
Chinese Taipei’s outside hitter Chien-Chen Chen
will be heading the Asian squad in their quest to repeat their 2016 showing with another Final Four appearance.
On the wake of their historic Rio 2016 Olympic appearance, Mexico will host the Final Four in Leon. Eleven out of twelve players of their Rio 2016 squad are entered for this year’s World League, including their top two scorers there, opposite Daniel Vargas
and outside hitter Carlos Guerra
Venezuela, the sole representative of South America in the group, will count on the likes of Jhonlenn Cruz Barreto Pena
and Willner Enrique Rivas Quijada
to continue the legacy of skipper Kervin Pinerua who sadly passed away late last year.
In their third World League outing since joining the competition in 2015, Montenegro will be seeking a repeat of their 2015 Final Four appearance, when they lost at home in the final to China in five dramatic sets.Vojin Cacic
, who was the group’s best scorers of that 2015 competition will once again lead Montenegro, alongside the other top-scoring outside hitter of the country, Marko Bojic
Spain will be looking at bettering their ranking of 32 from last year, relying on the experience of Sergio Noda
, Jorge Fernandez
and Fran Ruiz
to guide the younger generation of players.
Qatar will make their second World League appearance this year, with the likes of Renan Ribeiro
and Bojan Djukic
ready to guide the team.
And Kazakhstan’s Vitaliy Vorivodin
alongside Sergey Kuznetsov
are lining up to lead , who are competing in the World League for the third time.
Tunisia, the only Africa side in Group 3, will rely be relying on Bilel Ben Hassine
alongside the two players who competed abroad this season, Wassim Ben Tara
of French champions Chaumont 52, and Ismail Moalla
of Fenerbahce Istanbul.
This year also sees two newcomers to the World League – Austria and Estonia.Thomas Zass
and Alexander Berger
, Austria’s top scorers when they claimed bronze at the 2016 European League, will be on hand again this year to lead the side.