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Volleyball team makes top 12 at European Championships

The national volleyball team has made the play-off round at the European Championships, despite losing its first two games.

Estonia faced hosts Italy, second in European rankings, in the first game late on Friday, losing 3-0 (25-19, 26-24, 25-15).

Estonia's second opponent was not much easier. France, ranked seventh in Europe, took a 2-0 lead, before Estonia won its first set in the competition. But France claimed the third and fourth sets with a final score of 3-1 (25-13, 25-22, 22-25. 25-18).

Estonia's hope of third place in the four-strong group was in beating Croatia, 20th in European rankings, three places behind Estonia. Estonia began well in the game on Sunday, and finished even stronger to record a 3-0 win (25-19, 25-18, 25-10).

The first place in the group, France, which beat Italy in a five-set match, goes straight through to the quarterfinals, while Italy and Estonia are entered into the first round of the play-offs.

Estonia will take on Serbia, third in Europe, on Tuesday evening. The game will be shown live on ETV2 from 18:20, Estonian time.

Editor: J.M. Laats

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