Linz, Austria, June 11, 2017 - Simon Hirsch
to an impressive 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-17) win against Mexico
in Linz and, as the top team in the group standings, to a spot at the Group 3 Final Four, which is going to take place in Mexico next week.
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Despite playing only in the first two sets, Hirsch was the best scorer for his team with 13 points, topped only by Mexico’s Nestor Orellana
This was the fifth match between Germany and Mexico in a major international competition. The European team already has four victories against the North American side, but this was the first one 1991.
After a beginning on equal foot, Germany took over command and extended the lead from 8-7 to 14-10. The Mexicans often missed the right timing and were not able to work up a head of steam for Germany. Tobias Krick
scored for 21-14 while Mexico failed to offer some serious opposition to the Germans in this phase of the match. With an awesome serve, Daniel Malescha
made it 23-16 and Simon Hirsch made use of set point one to close the set at 25-17.
Set 2 started and, immediately, Germany went one better. Christian Fromm
placed a hard-smashed ball in the Mexican court. But the underdog kept fighting and evened the score at 3-3. Germany made a 4-0 run and went 10-6. With a spectacular point by Krick and a blocking point by Fromm, the team of star head coach Andrea Giani
extended the lead to 15-9. The Mexicans could score such lovely points like the one for 14-17 by Pedro Rangel
just at rare occasions. Furthermore, Germany played very well with a successful blocking performance. After 21-17, Ruben Schott
and Marcus Boehme
led Germany to set point and Fromm closed the set at 25-22.
Even in the third set nothing changed. After a 0-2 deficit, the German team made things clearer. With an ace, Jan Zimmermann
extended their lead to 10-6, after which Germany continued in the same style. Malescha and substitute Georg Escher
closed their points stunningly. Mexico fought a losing battle. After a long time, Jorge Barajas
managed to score in offence, but there were few highlights for Mexico in set 3. The Germans walked on masterfully to their fifth success out of six matches. In the end, Moritz Reichert
closed the match with a hard-smashed service.