(From L) Slovenias Klemen Cebulj spikes the ball against Germany's Lukas Kampa and Germany's Tobias Krick during the World Volleyball Championship Pool D match between Slovenia and Germany at the Arena Stozice in Ljubljana, Slovenia on August 30, 2022. (Photo by Jure Makovec / AFP)

Captain Lukas Kampa’s words already sounded like a World Cup farewell. “It’s difficult to find diplomatic words. The honest answer is that under certain circumstances we are not able to play our volleyball in a certain state of stress,” said the frustrated setter of the German volleyball players after losing the World Cup group final.

Kampa’s team had no chance on Tuesday evening at 0:3 (16:25, 22:25, 17:25) against the highly concentrated European Vice-Champion Slovenia. After the second bankruptcy in the third game, the Germans no longer have progress in their own hands and must hope for the help of the competition, which will only be in action on Wednesday.

“I hope we get the chance to go a little further here. If not, we honestly don’t deserve it,” said Kampa mercilessly. In crucial phases, the team simply cannot call up “what we need to survive on such a stage”.

The Germans had previously lost against Olympic champions France (0:3) and then won against outsiders Cameroon (3:0). The 2014 Bronze winners finished third in Group D after losing to co-hosts Slovenia in front of around 12,000 fans in Ljubljana. Only the first two teams in each group and the four best third-placed teams advance to the round of 16. Competitors like Argentina or Canada can give the Germans a quick tournament knockout. inflict

In front of around 12,000 loud fans, the newly formed Germans were unsettled at first. Because the attacking power of the hosts was so overwhelming, Winiarski made an early change: Tobias Brand, Jan Zimmermann and Weber got shares of the game. A serve mistake by Moritz Karlitzek sealed the loss of the opening section.