Earvin Ngapeth | Best Volleyball Player | Cev | Men's Tokyo Volleyball Qualification | 2020

14 Feb 2020

2008 CEV Junior European Championship Most Valuable Player
2009 CEV U19 European Championship Best Server
2009 CEV U19 European Championship Most Valuable Player
2011 Best Player in Pro A
2011 Pro A Best Spiker
2015 Coppa Italia Most Valuable Player
2015 FIVB World League Best Outside Spiker
2015 FIVB World League Most Valuable Player
2015 CEV European Championship Best Outside Spiker
2016 Best Player in Serie A1
2016 European Confederation Gala Most Spectacular Player
2017 FIVB World League Best Outside Spiker
2017 FIVB World League Most Valuable Player

Berlin, Germany, January 10, 2020 - France booked the ticket to the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo with a stunning 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-23) win against host Germany in the final of the CEV Mens Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournament in Berlin. It was the second time in a row that the French Team will go to the Olympics while Germany miss the biggest sports event in the world for the second consecutive time.

France captain Benjamin Toniutti was overjoyed. It was a perfect match. We played amazingly well for two sets. Also the third set we played well. We missed more serves, but we kept our focus and we found a solution to win. And it was an unbelievable day. Yesterday we came back, I dont know how, but today we just played perfect volleyball and we got the ticket to Tokyo.

France coach Laurent Tillie mirrored his captains feelings. Im happy and it was a perfect match because we respected the detail of the game. Our game plan was perfect and we were very focused on what we had to do. Thats incredible, because we were tired, exhausted, but we focused. We had to change some things during the match, but we had a good reception and we spiked exactly where we had to spike, so it was perfect.

Germany captain Lukas Kampa congratulated France for their performance. Well, congratulations to the French. I think deservedly they won... with the pressure they built on serves, which you hadt seen in a match before. We had accordingly big problems to build such a pressure through our serves at the same time. And thats why we werent as close to winning a set or the game today. And thats tough, but I think thats what it was.

Germany coach Andrea Giani agreed. France played very well. I think they are a team which has shown 100 per cent in their serve. Four guys were excellent in their serve. They worked very well in the block and the defence and it was not easy. In volleyball we think about mistakes or you have a bad reception. But no, it is more. Their serve in the first set was a really good serve. We tried to find solutions, to stay in the match. We tried it in the third set, we tried it the whole time. But we made too many mistakes today. I dont like thinking about losing a match. My philosophy is to think about the tournament. We played well, but this was the last match. This, for us, was the last chance to go to Tokyo. Bravo to the guys of France.


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