Czech Republic finishes first round with immaculate record
2013 CEV Volleyball European League - Men
Kecskemét, Hungary, June 17, 2013. On Monday the Czech Republic scored a third consecutive win to finish the first round of play atop of the standing in Pool B after edging the hosts of Hungary 3:1 (17-21, 21-17, 21-18, and 21-16). With this result the Czechs could emulate Belgium and Croatia that also finished the first leg of Pool A and C respectively with a perfect record of three wins in as many matches and to assert their credentials for a spot in the final four scheduled for mid July in Marmaris, Turkey. Earlier in the afternoon Montenegro had claimed their second win of the weekend by seeing off Spain 3:1 (21-19, 21-19, 22-24, and 21-19).
Hungary was able to deliver a good performance claiming the opening set of their match with the Czechs. “We played a very good game for three sets. If we continue to progress and to play like we did today, time will come for us to win” Hungary’s head coach György Demeter said. “I played good today but still we have a long way to go. We hope that we will be able to win some matches in the next round to be played in Barcelona” says Hungary’s best player of the day David Szabo.
“We had a slow start and looked a bit disorganized in the first set. However, we stayed focused and were able to win the next three and bring it home” stresses Czech mentor Stewart Bernard.
Montenegro caused a first sensation in prelim Pool B of the 2013 CEV Volleyball European League – Men as the rookies claimed their second win of the first round by besting Spain 3:1 (21-19, 21-19, 22-24, and 21-19). The game was very close and though Spain eventually lost, they still had a chance to bring it home in every single of the four sets played. Their rising star Andres J. Villena top scored in the end with 25 points while Aleksandar Minic paced Montenegro with 20. “After losing yesterday to the Czech Republic the team was very motivated and my guys really wanted to win this time” says Montenegro’s head coach Nikola Matijasevic. “We also have got a physical advantage as my players are taller than the Spaniards so we could find a way through their block”. “We know that Montenegro is very strong in serving and attacking. In the first couple of sets we could not control their serves” comments Spain’s mentor Fernando Muñoz. “We won a very close third set but it was not enough to change the course of the game”.
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