Elena Ruiz leads Spain to the Cut up ultimate
Spain, with a stellar efficiency by Elena Ruiz, 17, with 4 targets, gained this Wednesday with authority over the Netherlands 7-10 and certified to play the ultimate of the Girls’s European Championship in opposition to Greece on Friday (8:30 p.m.). from Cut up (Croatia).
The group led by Miki Oca can defend the title they gained two years in the past on the European Championships in Belgrade once they beat Russia within the ultimate so as to add their third continental gold.
Spain caught on a really full match. She took the initiative on the scoreboard from the start to the top with Martina Terré seated below the sticks and with Elena Ruiz as the highest scorer with 4 targets.
Maica García opened the scoring for the group after which Elena Ruiz scored her first aim for the 0-2. The Netherlands, with two gamers from the league – Van der Kraats and Ten Broek – made their debut in assault and amongst their targets got here Bea Ortiz to complete with a one-goal lead within the first set (2-3).
Within the second quarter the Spanish protection tied up the actions of the Dutch whereas in assault Elena Ruiz with a aim from a penalty and one other on a counterattack positioned a 3 aim lead (2-5).
The Netherlands discovered a glimmer of hope when Sabrina van der Sloot made it 3-5 with three seconds remaining. The orange aim continued in a 3rd quarter during which Brigitte Sleeking, European champion with Olympiacos, scored two targets that returned the sport to equality at 5-5.
At that second, Ruiz, in a state of grace, activated his arm once more to finish a number of minutes of drought and retake the lead and attain 5-6 within the final eight minutes.
Spain didn’t give room for one more Dutch response and Paula Leiton’s aim from the buoy prolonged the lead.
Subsequent, Pili Peña confirmed and demonstrated her stripes as a captain with two actions in simply half a minute. First with a block in an motion of numerical inferiority and within the following motion scoring the eighth aim for Spain and returning the three targets from distance for the ultimate (5-8).
Regardless of Vivien Sevenich’s 6-8, Spain sentenced, first with a fantastic counterattack devised by Martina Terré and finalized by Anni Espar on the determined exit of Laura Aarts after which with Bea Ortiz together with her second aim for 6-10.
Sleeking, together with his third aim in his non-public account, made up the Dutch defeat with the ultimate 7-10.
Spain, which has gone from much less to extra within the championship, will struggle for gold on Friday in opposition to Greece, which defeated Italy 12-9 (2-2, 4-2, 4-3 and 2-2) within the second semifinal .
Fourth continental ultimate for Spain and Greece
For Spain it’s their fourth continental ultimate after Málaga’2008 (they misplaced to Russia), 2014 in Budapest (they beat the Netherlands) and the precedent of 2020 in Budapest (they beat Russia).
Greece, for its half, can even play its fourth ultimate. Within the earlier three they misplaced the gold in Zagreb’2010 in opposition to Russia, in Eindhoven’2012 in opposition to Italy and in Barcelona’2018 in opposition to the Netherlands.
7 – Netherlands: Arc; Wolves, Sleeking (3), Van der Sloot (1), Keuning, Van der Kraats (1), Rye, Sevenich (1), Joustra, Koolhaas, Moolhuujzen, Ten Broek (1), Van den Dobbelsteen.
10 – Spain: Terre; Nogué, Espar (1), Ortiz (2), Pérez, González, Ruiz (4), Peña (1), Prados, Camus, García (1), Leiton (1), Ester.
Partials: 2-3, 1-2, 2-1, 1-4.
Referees: Debreceni (Hungary) and Peris (Croatia).
Incidents: First girls’s semifinal of the European Championship performed on the Spaladum Enviornment in Cut up (Croatia).
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