German volleyball players out in the European Championship round of 16

For the first time since 2005, the German volleyball players have missed an EM quarter-finals. The team of national coach Felix Koslowski, which had the goal of semi-finals, experienced a bitter disappointment on Saturday at 1: 3 (22:25, 25:23, 19:25, 23:25) against the Netherlands.

Long faces after the EM-Out: Denise Imoudu (left) and Jennifer Janiska.

imago images / Aleksandar Djorovic

In the thrilling match in front of 670 spectators in Plovdiv in Bulgaria, Louisa Lippmann was once again the best German attacker with 22 points. Lina Alsmeier took care of the offensive with 18 points.

Anne Buijs (28) and Nika Daalderop (22) dominated the Dutch women. The German defense found no antidote against these two attackers in the close battle of strength.

We had a lot of difficulties

“We had a lot of difficulties with their outside attackers. They hit across the block and in all directions, on the other hand we couldn’t start as freely as we wanted,” said Koslowski.

“The Netherlands then played well, made few mistakes and consistently played on the outside. We felt a lot of pressure and they consistently downplayed it with people who have a little more experience than us.”

Previously, the German volleyball players had missed the round of the best eight European Championship teams with eleventh place for the last time in 2005. After that, they had reached at least the quarterfinals seven times in a row. In 2011 and 2013, Germany even won silver.

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