After the Germans’ flawless start at the first outing in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Georg’s team faced that country’s team in the first match of the second round in Maribor, Slovenia.
The favourites came out strong and didn’t waste any time getting things started. Several points by Georg, including two aces, helped his team take the first set. In the second set, the Ukrainians gained the upper hand and the Slovenian fans witnessed a head-to-head race in which neither team could build a decisive lead. Eventually, Ukraine won the set, evening things out. After this wake-up call, Germany took control again and pulled away early in the third and fourth sets. While their opponents put up considerable resistance in the third, Georg’s team won the next set with ease to win the match 3-1 (25-20, 24-26, 25-23, 25-18). Once again, the German star opposite was the dominant force on the court and topped the score with 25 points. His four aces and three blocks were top performances as well.
Facing Slovenia and Sweden in the final two matches, a victory against the hosts would be enough to secure Germany the ticket to the final round in 2013. To find out if Georg will carry his team to glory one last time, stay tuned at FIVBheroes.com!