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25/05/2012 22:00
Oranjes and Czech Republic score speedy wins to open European League season
2012 CEV Volleyball European League - Men

Piatra Neamt, Romania, May 25, 2012. The Netherlands and the Czech Republic opened this afternoon in Piatra Neamt their campaign in the 2012 CEV Volleyball European League by scoring two speedy wins in straight sets to edge Romania (28-26, 26-24, 25-19) and Turkey (25-17, 25-16, and 25-21) respectively for what is the first round of action in Pool B.  

The Czech Republic returned back to the arena of the CEV Volleyball European League after some years by celebrating a splendid and speedy win in straight sets (25-17, 25-16, and 25-21) to down Turkey, dominating the scene from the start up to the end of the match. Even though the score stayed initially very close, with the Czech Republic enjoying the narrowest margin at the first mandatory stop of the opening set and Turkey resisting mainly via middle blocker Emre Batur, the Czechs gradually opened the gap helped by the spikes of their opposite David Konecny (16:12). Turkey attempted a comeback but it did not work as the Czechs stood out with their terrific block and the attacks provided by Konecny and wing spiker Tomas Hysky, wrapping it up with the score of 25-17.   
Turkey’s defense was literally smashed in the second set as Czech setter Ondrej Boula always found the right tempo and coordination with Konecny and Hysky. Even though Batur and Burutay Subasi displayed a good performance for Turkey, still the Czech leadership was not questioned at any moment (16:11) and with the back-up of the solid reception displayed by wing spiker Karel Linz the group mentored by Stewart Bernard could go for a comfortable 25-16.
Set 3 was a lot more balanced with Turkey eventually going up for the first time (8:6) as Batur did score with great consistency but the Czechs responded once again with their opposite Konecny to cause major problems to Turkey’s defense line. Once again setter Boula stood out with his many variations to lead the Czech offense and even though Turkey tried to keep up that pace, still the Czechs could finish it off in straight sets by showcasing a great block and defense system.  

Romania started its match against the Netherlands pretty aggressively with team captain Dan Borota pacing his side to move up 8:5 by the first technical time-out of the opening set. The home heroes displayed a very solid performance also in the next phases with setter George Moisa finding the right tempo and coordination with opposite Elen Lucian Tufan (16:13). However, the Dutch guys eventually stormed back anchored by their diagonal player Tony Krolis who was able to take his side by the hand to flip the score around before young setter Nimir Abdel-Aziz opted for wing spiker Jelte Maan and once again for Krolis to score the next couple of rallies (28-26).  
Krolis and libero Gijs Jorna helped the Netherlands set the pace of the game also in the second set where the “Oranjes” controlled the operations all the way through (8:6, 16:15) and even though Dan Borota fired up Romania’s offense, still the Netherlands found very good options in attack as well always well commanded by Abdel-Aziz who next season will be playing in Italy for Bre Banca Lannutti CUNEO.
Romania trailed right from the start of the set 3 and could not claw back any more after the guests went up by 6 at the second mandatory stop. Krolis and Maan were absolutely not to stop and the guys mentored by Edwin Benne could eventually finish their job in straight sets (25-19).

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