Czech national champions feel ready for their home debut
2013 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Men
Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, October 29, 2012. After they caught a good start going up 24:22 in the first set, the Czechs of Jihostroj CESKE BUDEJOVICE eventually lost their CL debut in straight sets to BERLIN Recycling Volleys in a match where they also played for the first time with their brand new uniform.
“BERLIN did play very well, especially in blocking” says Czech head coach Jan Svoboda. On Tuesday Jihostroj will play its first home match in Pool B by hosting Budvanska Rivijera BUDVA of Montenegro. “It is a tough opponent” adds Svoboda.
Last week in Berlin outside hitter Petr Michalek did not play after spraining his ankle. “He is getting better and better and the team is well prepared, so we want to win” says team captain Michal Sukuba. One of the latest additions to the roster, Peter Platenik, played for the first time in Berlin for Jihostroj and he immediately showed off his quality. “He will be doing the same also on Tuesday” promises coach Svoboda. “We expect a nice atmosphere in the sports hall” adds the mentor of the Czech national champions who started their campaign in their domestic league with two straight wins over teams from Benatky and Ostrava.