Ebba Ekblad played with the Swedish national team at the u19 European Championship qualification in Croatia.
On Thursday, they met the host nation Croatia, and fell 0-3 (15-25, 16-25, 17-25).
And after three losses, the team is out.
On Saturday it was time for the second match, this time against Turkey. Unfortunately, there was a similar situation there. The Turkish squad took the match in straight sets (13-25, 11-25, 14-25).
On Sunday it was time for the the last match of the group stage, Sweden vs Spain. There, things were considerably smoother.
Spain won the opening set 25-20 and the second 25-11, but with the Swedes came back with revenge, winning the third set 23-25. However, the Spaniards were able to turn the tide back in the fourth set, winning it 25-17 and the match 3-1 in sets.
- In [Sunday's] game, there were some players who stood out. Setter Kajsa Österman came in during the game and showed courage to play the most unexpected ways out and fooled Turkey's middles several times to go in the wrong direction. Outside hitter Ebba Ekblad came in and attacked high and hard against Turkey's large blocks and won several balls in the third," says coach Oscar Vikterlöf.
EKBLAD BY THE NUMBERS
vs Croatia: sets played (2), kills (1)
vs Turkey: sets played (3), kills (3)
Vs Spain: sets played (4), kills (3)