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24/05/2014 21:39
Czech Republic cools off Montenegro, Slovenia disappoints Spain
2015 CEV Volleyball European Championship - Women

Coslada, Spain, May 24, 2014.  The Czech Republic defeated Montenegro by 3:0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-21) on the second day of action in Coslada, where the first six matches in Pool C of second round qualification for the 2015 CEV Volleyball European Championship - Women are taking place.  Slovenia achieved its first victory - 3:0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-20) to bring a second disappointment to hosts Spain.

Czech Republic vs. Montenegro 3:0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-21)

After the convincing performance of the first day of competition, Montenegro was not able to repeat the success of beating host Spain against favorites Czech Republic.  The team of the Czech Republic demonstrated its excellence with a hard-fought victory against a combatant Montenegrin squad.  Czechs soon took the lead of the game through the powerful spikes by Aneta Havlickova and the blocks by Eva Rutarova, as Montenegro seemed incapable of stopping the rivals’ offensive demonstration. Captain Tatjana Bokan, following her impressive show against the Spaniards, continued leading Montenegro and catalyzed the attack of her team through spectacular spikes that allowed Montenegro to remain in the match.  However, the collective action of Czech players proved to be too strong and the squad trained by Carlo Parisi closed the match in three sets, thus confirming its position of pool leader.

The best scorer of the match Aneta Havlickova contributed 15 points to the Czechs’ victory.  Teammate Eva Rutarova added 13.  Substitute Elza Hadzisalihovic was Montenegro’s top scorer with 10 points.

Tatjana Bokan, captain of Montenegro:  “We did not play as well as yesterday.  I think some of my teammates were a little bit afraid because the Czech Republic is such a strong opponent and maybe that kept us from playing at our best level.  At some points of the sets it seemed that we would be able to present opposition to them, but we could not manage to keep that intensity throughout the match and that is why the game finished at 3:0.  We hope to improve for tomorrow.”

Carlo Parisi, head coach of the Czech Republic:  “It was a good match and it was important for us to win especially considering the result of Montenegro yesterday.  We could put pressure with our serves and when we did not pressure them that way, we did a good job in defense.  The difference regarding yesterday was that we played with less tension and with not so many highs and lows, and it was basic to finish in three sets.  Tomorrow I expect a very difficult match against Spain in front of a full crowd as it may be determining.”

Slovenia vs. Spain 3:0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-20)

Slovenia crushed host Spain’s dreams of achieving its first victory on home ground, after earning a well-deserved and convincing triumph over organizers’ squad.  The women directed by Bruno Najdic presented an effective performance based on dominant spikes and a successful serving strategy. Spain found many problems to construct its offensive system and, with the effort in defense as only argument, the Slovenian team established dominance in the game that propitiated its prevailing in the match.  Despite the desires to win by local squad, Slovenia did not offer options for recovery to the Spaniards, forcing host country to add its second defeat in the tournament.  Meanwhile, Slovenia stated its intention to fight for qualification.

Marina Cvetanovic topped the scorers’ chart of the match with 18 points for Slovenia.  Ziva Recek added 16.  Milagros Collar was Spain’s most prolific scorer with 13 points.

Bruno Najdic, head coach of Slovenia:  “We are very happy that we won. Spain had the support of the fans in the stands, so we are very glad that we came through today, especially since our defeat yesterday.  I think that our match tomorrow will be important for us.  We will do our best to win and we have to prepare it as best as we can.  Other than that, it is a new day and new game.  What happened in these last days is behind us.  New day, new game.”

Pascual Saurin, head coach of Spain:  “Today we leave with a better impression than yesterday.  The team had less fear to play than yesterday and the reasons of our defeat lay in our own mistakes.  It is very hard for us to solve difficult situations and, regardless of the results, we need to keep on improving.  We need to have the confidence to be the best in these complicated moments.  The team presented a better attitude today.”

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