Sivula unstoppable as Finland dominate Slovakia


Helsinki, Finland, 8 Jun, 2017 – Finland enjoyed a quick 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-19) win over Slovakia to start off their first weekend at home in the 2017 FIVB World League on Friday.

Urpo Sivula was today’s top scorer with 17 points including 17 in attack. Matej Patak of Slovakia put 16 points on the board, but the disappointing performance of his teammates meant Slovakia did not manage to put up a real fight in any of the sets.

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Finland had a strong start to the match. Excellent service made Slovakian reception tremble and helped the Finns to take the control. Finland dominated the whole first set earning a clear 25-19 win.

The second set started also joyfully for the Finnish home crowd. The Finns were leading 8-4, 13-8 and 18-13 before sealing the set with Antti Ropponen’s two ace serves making it 25-19.

Nothing could stop Finland in the third set. Their serves were excellent and spikes very efficient and clever. Slovakia could not keep up with the confident Finns. Finland closed also the last set at 25-19.

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