Known for their offensive power, the Europeans had one of the defensive standouts of the Preliminary Phase in libero Jani Kovačič, who’s confident about a good performance against the Japanese on Thursday.
“We came to Gdansk fairly rested and ready to play a good game against the Japanese,” he said. “We’ll be ready for them.”
Japanese and Slovenians didn’t meet in the Preliminary Phase of the VNL 2023 and their most recent encounter happened in the 2022 edition of the tournament, when the Asians prevailed. Considering the last five duels, though, the Europeans have a 3-2 advantage.
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Hosts Poland will once again have their passionate fans behind them in Gdansk after finishing third in the Preliminary Phase with ten wins. The Europeans competed in the Finals of each of the first four editions of the VNL, finishing second in 2021, third in 2018 and 2022 and fifth in 2019.