Hi peeps, as a volleyball lover you must have your so called very unforgettable NT matches, it doesn't matter how many years ago those were played, but I thought it would be fun to share.
Here's the list of mine.
1. European Championship 2007 preliminary round
The Netherlands 2-3 Serbia (Hasselt, Belgium)
Such a thrilling match, Spasojevic played as OPP and managed to score whenever the team needed her, on the other hand Flier wasn't at her best in critical moments.
The 4th set and tie break really showed the real beauty of volleyball, It was once upon a go but I still remember the passion of the players.
Ognjenovic wasn't very fond of using the middles back then, probably only with Cikakovic who I believe had the quickest slide attacks along with Gioli and Ravva, Krsmanovic usually used to attack in front of her setter and it wasn't as effective as slide.
I miss this dutch team so bad, the Staelens sisters, Flier, Stam, Visser, Wensink, Huurman and Blom
2. European Olympic Qualifications 2008
Poland 3-2 Germany (Halle, Germany)
Another crazy thrilling match, I think this one was posted by Phil yesterday, if you haven't watched it, you should! Especially if you like the old Polish team.
Podolec practically brought the win with her standing serves, Pachale being a shaky receiver wasn't a new thing but also Dumler and Beier were struggling in passing in the tie-break.
I still wonder how this Polish team managed to win the 2nd prize of this tournament with Glinka-Podolec in reception It's more or less like Mihajlovic-Plak duo passing.
If I remember correct, it was the last NT match of Dumler, Hart and Pachale and I have to say that it's such a pity that Dziekiewicz couldn't make the cut for the Olympic Games, she and Liktoras were the best Polish middles, of course along with Agata Mroz who passed away.
3. World Championship 2010 Final
Russia 3-2 Brazil (Tokyo, Japan)
The tie-break was epic, at some point the match was going for Brazil but after Perepelkina's block everything turned out.
Gamova was way too strong for this level back then.
4. European Championship 2011 Final
Serbia 3-2 Germany (Belgrade, Serbia)
Such an unforgettable match owing to the quality but of course also Matthes serve in the tie-break
It was really fun the Serbian girls holding the trophy and being surrounded by their own people in Belgrade.
5. European Championship 2013 Play off
Croatia 3-2 The Netherlands (Halle, Germany)
Croatia was absolutely the underdog and I honestly had 0 expectation...but then they made it.
6. Olympic Games 2016 Semi Final
Serbia 3-2 USA (Rio de Janiero, Brazil)
How could one forget this match? Boskovic was a beat in the tie-break, I couldn't believe how fearless she was, using spiking serves at such a critical point
Akinradwo seemed to get injured, was it in 3rd set or 4th or so? Such an unlucky situation for the US.
7. World Championship 2018 Final
Serbia 3-2 Italy (Yokohama, Japan)
8. European Olympic Qualification 2020 Final
Turkey 3-2 Poland (Apeldoorn, The Netherlands)
Poland had numerous chances to end the game up but Smarzek couldn't just kill a ball and Boz was just great, I swear I hadn't had watched her play like that before, both setters were bad IMO. Dundar and Akoz were the key.
What are your favorite games?