Unforgettable run for Estonia: From World League debutants to Group 3 winners


It's all joy for Estonia as they wrapped up a marvelous tournament finishing on top of Group 3

Leon, Mexico, June 18, 2017 - At their first ever participation in the FIVB Volleyball World League, Estonia seized top spot in Group 3 with a brilliant campaign, crowned with a steady straight-sets triumph over Spain in the decisive match.

Leon's Domo de la Feria was louder than ever on the final day of action, pulsating not only to the beat of the host team but also recognizing the work of a fantastic winner as Estonia. The European side didn't lose a single set on American soil and extended their winning streak to six in a row, in a tremendous rush to the title.

At the ultimate match, Estonia denied Spain with an unbreakable wall at the net, led by top scorer and main blocker Ardo Kreek, the main star of the convincing 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-21) win. Teammates Oliver Venno and Robert Täht also did well, but the most important quality was the well-oiled machinery of the entire team. 

Precisely, that was what captain Kert Toobal chose as the main factor of the result: “Our teamwork was the key. We played a clever game, using our heads and keeping the ball in play.” And he completed: “This is a big day for Estonian volleyball.”

Prior to that, Germany and Mexico performed at a very interesting showdown, looking forward to step onto the podium at the third place. Even though the crowd favourites unveiled a spirited fight, in the end the German height and power prevailed, giving shape to a 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 26-24) on the board.

Despite having arrived to Mexico with the championship on sight, Germany's Christian Fromm tried to look at the half-full part of the glass: “We came here to win the tournament, but in the end we are happy to have gathered at least one victory because we could show we are better than yesterday.”


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