Young Czechs defeat Austria to keep immaculate record in the prelims
2012 CEV Volleyball European League - Men
Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic, June 8, 2012. Even though most of the starting players were absent as they are participating in the Olympic qualifier taking place this weekend in Berlin, still the guys of the Czech Republic were able to defeat Austria in the opening day of leg 3 for Pool B of the 2012 CEV Volleyball European League. The Czechs scored a 3:1 win (23-25, 30-28, 25-20, and 25-20) thereby extending the immaculate record they have clipped so far in the competition.
The home guys started well (8:7) but some errors flipped the score around (16:19) before Michal Krisko, Adam Bartos and Adam Zajicek restored the balance at 22 all. Austria got a set ball and the second opportunity was exploited for the final 23-25.
The score remained very close also in set 2 up to 20 all, both teams missed out on a few set balls before the Czechs eventually sealed the deal at 30-28 to go for the 1:1.
The home heroes used their second opportunity to close set 3 with the score of 25-20 and eventually set the pace of the game also in set 4 (8:4). As the Czechs were leading 20:16, Austria’s head coach Michael Warm asked for a time-out but could not stop the run of the hosts who – even though they were lining up a very young group – could celebrate a well deserved 3:1 win.
“I am very glad and happy with this result as this was the first time we were playing with this group” said Czech head coach Jindrich Licek. Adam Zajicek celebrated a successful debut with the senior national team. “I am glad that I can train together with the best players in our country and I even got the chance to play in the European League, it’s just great”.
“I am not happy with today’s performance, we did not adjust to the sports hall and our service was very poor. We could not repeat our good performances from last week in Turkey” said Austria’s head coach Michael Warm. “We had our chance to beat the Czechs because we knew they were not going to play with their best players. However, we are also missing some guys from the starting six and so the chances were evened. I still do not want to go for any excuse and hope that we will show our best tomorrow” commented Austria’s team captain Oliver Binder.
In the second match of the day Turkey beat Romania in straight sets (25-19, 25-22, and 25-23). Romania was able to resist to Turkey’s pressure only up to the second technical time-out of the opening set and afterwards some errors paved the way with gold for Turkey that dominated the game in all fundamentals, with the only exception being the block (9 apiece for both teams). Emre Batur top scored for Turkey with 19 points. “We made too many errors and we deservedly lost in straight sets” said Romania’s head coach Dan Gavril. “We lacked confidence in the opening set and we need to step up the quality of our game if we want to beat the Czechs in the next match” stated Turkey’s most prolific player Emre Batur.
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