Each opponent of the Latvian men’s volleyball team in the European Silver League will be stronger, Latvian Volleyball Federation (LVF) said in a statement before the match against the Faroe Islands in Tourshavn on Sunday, Latvia national team head coach Michal Gogol.
“The order of the games in this tournament is good for us, because each next opponent will be stronger and stronger,” says the Polish expert. “Our goal is to play better in every game and of course win every game in the tournament.”
Regarding the Faroe Islands’ first opponent, Coach says it’s the same team they played in last year’s European Championship qualifiers.
Evaluating Sunday’s opponent, Gogol said: “They have already played two matches with Cyprus, so we already have an idea of their game.”
“They’re a young team, they’re not the strongest physically, but they also have some strengths, like a good first speed player and a good second speed player.”
“They try to play smart volleyball to be able to trust them,” the coach said.
The match will start at 21:00 Latvian time.
Latvia national team manager Arturs Vitkovskis told LETA that among the 15 volleyball players who train in Riga, Hermans Egleskalns, Gustavs Freimanis and Dāvis Melnis did not go to the Faroe Islands.
Next Saturday, Faroe Islands volleyball players will visit Riga and on 13 and 14 June Latvians will play a match against Cyprus in Riga.
The two rivals of group A have already played two matches in Tourshavn and Cypriot volleyball players won all three sets.
In May, Latvian volleyball players played two test matches against Estonia, losing 0-3 and 1-3.
Austria, Georgia and Hungary are competing in the 2nd group of the European Silver League.
The top two teams from each group will advance to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals and finals, the winners in pairs will be determined by matches to be played on their own field and the opponent’s field.
Michal Gogol is assisted by Raimonds Liniņš, as well as two Polish coaches, assistant coaches and statisticians Adams Tolochko, and physical education trainer Andrzej Zahorskis.
Team structure in the European Silver League competition:
lifters – Jānis Jansons (Jēkabpils “Lūši”), Edvin Skrūders (Bucharest “Rapid”, Romania);
second-step players – Atvars Ozoliņš (“Frejus”, France), Miks Jānis Ramanis (Brigham Young University, USA), Romāns Saušs (“Martigues”, France), Kristaps Šmits (Galacs “Arcada”, Romania);
crossover – Kristers Dardzāns (Loimā “Hurrikaani”, Finland), Hermans Egleskalns (“Cambrai”, France), Renārs Pauls Jansons (Alstas “Lindemans”, Belgium);
first step players – Vladislavs Blumbergs (Iraklia OFI, Greece), Gustavs Freimanis (Ajaccio, France), Oleg Klopovs, Jēkabs Dzenis (both – RTU/”Robežsardze”/”Jūrmala”);
“libero” players – Kaspars Kronberg (RTU/”Robežsardze”/”Jūrmala”), Dāvis Melnis (Jēkabpils “Lūši”).
Source: Tv Net