Czech guys lose in straight set to Romania to finish home weekend
2012 CEV Volleyball European League - Men
Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic, June 10, 2012. The home guys of the Czech Republic suffered a second setback on Sunday as they lost in straight sets to Romania in their last match for the third round of action in Pool B of the 2012 CEV Volleyball European League – Men (18-25, 23-25, 24-26).
The start of the match was pretty close with Michal Krisko and Adam Zajicek drawing level at 7 all for the home side. However, Romania quickly changed gear going up 11:16 and the local heroes were not able to find their way back as their guests seized the opening set with the score of 18-25.
After Romania got to the front in set 2 (3:6), the Czechs stormed back to level at 9 but Romania flipped the score around by the second technical time-out (12:16). Michal Krisko took his side by the hand to cut the gap (14:16) and the group mentored by Jindrich Licek fought bravely to draw at 19 all. However, the final rush fully belonged to Romania with Krisko being blocked to seal the final 23-25 for the guests.
Set 3 followed a similar development with Romania going up 9:8 and 16:12 but once again it was Krisko that powered the Czech comeback with a tie being displayed there on the scoreboard at 20 all. The Czechs had a set ball at 24:23, but missed out on their next attacks and hence Romania could pocket a win in straight sets.
“Today we lacked quality and a couple of bad services prevented us from winning at least one set. I am glad that in combination with the Olympic qualifier in Berlin many young guys could debut here at home with the senior national team but once the top players are back we will show off our best quality as our goal is to qualify for the final four” said Czech mentor Jindrich Licek.
“I really enjoyed this tournament and I think I could stand pretty well this international test” said the best player of the home side, Michal Krisko.
In the other match of the day Austria scored their only win of the weekend by edging Turkey with the score of 3:2 (20-25, 25-19, 25-15, 14-25, and 15-13). The game lasted for almost two hours and turned into a real drama ending at the tie-break where Austria deservedly had the upper hand. All statistical figures reflect the balance of this game even though Austria’s performance from the serving line was clearly better than Turkey’s, with 8 aces vs. 4. Thomas Zass was once again the best player for the Austrian side scoring 22 points all alone. “Both teams looked very tired and our opponents made many mistakes. Still I am very happy that we won this match and that we could redeem for our poor performance against Romania” said Austrian head coach Michael Warm.
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