Belgium dominates Croatia in EL-final with convincing 3-0 victory.
I wasn't really convinced by Belgium's victory over Czech republic in yesterday semi's: Van den Dries was struggling to get his points, so the team was too dependent on Deroo.
In the final, however, everything worked out well: Van den Dries and Deroo dominating in attack , VandeVoorde superb in blocking, Verhanneman and Dejonckheere secure in serve reception and Valkiers great as a setter.
This was Belgian's greatest match in the entire campaign.
I look forward to the World league qualification and the European Championships: Depestele and Verhees will join the team, but wat about Raymaekers: will he get Coolman's spot? Who will be 2nd setter next to Depestele: Verschueren/Valkiers? Van den Dries earned his spot as no 1 opposite: who will be second: Van Walle/Tuerlinckx?
I must say, the overall level of the EL-league was a bit dissapointing. A few years ago, Belgium shared a pool with The Netherlands, Germany and Spain (EC champion at that time). 2 years ago Slovenia was dominating our pool. Now all those teams are gone.
In this final 4, I expected a little more of Croatia in particular. I guess they are building a new generation after Kovacevic, Vulin, Omrcen, etc.