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Nations League: Volleyball players start the Olympic year with a defeat

Nations League: Volleyball players start the Olympic year with a defeat

The German volleyball players are starting the Nations League, but the Olympics are already casting their shadow. The start of the VNL was against the world champion – who lived up to his role as favorite.

The German volleyball players started the last tournament before the Olympic Games with a defeat. National coach Michal Winiarski’s team lost the start of the Nations League (VNL) 0:3 (21:25, 18:25, 23:25) against world champions Italy. At the site of the successful Olympic qualification in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), captain Christian Fromm was the German team’s most successful attacker with 13 points.

In the VNL, a total of twelve preliminary round matches will be played at three locations to reach the quarter-finals and to gain points for the world rankings, which will determine the last Olympic tickets. Since Germany, unlike Italy, has already secured its ticket to Paris, Winiarski is resting some deserving players who have had a long season behind them in the first week of the VNL.

For the players in Rio it will also be about recommending themselves for the Olympic squad. In the second VNL game, the Germans face Cuba today (7 p.m. German time).

Source: Stern

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