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30/05/2014 21:00
Czech Republic stretches winning streak, needs one more to make Finals
2015 CEV Volleyball European Championship - Women

Plzen, Czech Republic, May 30, 2014. The Czech Republic prolonged their winning streak from last week in Pool C and are now only one step away from qualifying for the Final Round of the 2015 CEV Volleyball European Championship – Women. On Friday they started the second round robin tournament in Plzen with a speedy 3:0 victory (25-12, 25-15, 25-17) over Montenegro to cement their leadership in the Pool with 12 points. On Saturday they will play second-placed Slovenia, their closest competitor in the race for the coveted ticket to the Finals, which on Friday could overcome a drop of concentration to edge past Spain by 3:1 (25-9, 25-15, 20-25, 26-24).

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Slovenia vs. Spain 3:1 (25-9, 25-15, 20-25, 26-24)

Slovenia caught a very good start of their first match in Plzen as they imposed their rule from the start to the end of the opening set crushing Spain by 25-9. The second set followed a different plot, with Spain back on track for an early 7:5 lead. However, Slovenia was quickly able to flip the charts around and widened their lead to five points at the second technical time-out (16:11). They did not look back any more as they cruised to a speedy 25-15. Though it looked like the fate of the game was already written, Spain bounced back in the third set leading the way there by 8:6 and 12:8, and not relinquishing it up to the final 25-20. The fourth set continued that same trend with Spain off to an early 5:1 lead and the audience got the impression the game would be stretched to a tie-break. However, Slovenia woke up in time, tied the score at 13 and after the score remained close up to 20 all, Slovenia showed more determination and had a bit of luck to finish it off at 26-24.
“We played very good in the first and second sets but after that my players thought that the match was already over, but it wasn’t” Slovenia’s head coach Bruno Najdic said. “Spain started playing very good in the third set and after some ups and downs, we won the fourth set and I am happy with that. Tomorrow against the Czech Republic we have to play as we did today in the first and second sets. We have to serve better and play much disciplined; if we are able to do this, we can be successful at the end of the day.”

Czech Republic vs. Montenegro 3:0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-17)

The home heroines of the Czech Republic started their campaign in Plzen with a speedy victory over Montenegro. If they claim also tomorrow’s match with Slovenia, they can celebrate their qualification for the Final Round even one day before the tournament comes to a close.
The Czechs started the match with the same line-up from last week in Madrid; they showed excellent Volleyball and quickly pocketed the opening set with the impressive score of 25-12. The young team from Montenegro showed some weaknesses also in the second set, where the hosts could keep up with their quick tempo and after claiming an early lead, they held on to it cashing it by another landslide 25-15. The Czech team did not look back even in the third set with a 25-17 win sealing their 3:0 victory.
“We did not have any problems in this match and we confirmed our role as favorite team in this Pool,” said Czech captain Helena Havelkova.
“This victory is very important for our qualification to the Final Round,” commented head coach Carlo Parisi. “We knew that we had to win this match. It wasn’t a nice game, but I am happy with the victory. Now we have to start preparing for tomorrow’s match with Slovenia, which will be decisive.”

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