Loss Program Weight
NEWS
21/08/17
Facebook RSS
  • JoomlaWorks Simple Image Rotator
  • JoomlaWorks Simple Image Rotator
  • JoomlaWorks Simple Image Rotator
  • JoomlaWorks Simple Image Rotator
  • JoomlaWorks Simple Image Rotator
  • JoomlaWorks Simple Image Rotator
  • JoomlaWorks Simple Image Rotator
  • JoomlaWorks Simple Image Rotator
  • JoomlaWorks Simple Image Rotator
  • JoomlaWorks Simple Image Rotator
  • JoomlaWorks Simple Image Rotator
English (United Kingdom)Deutsch (DE-CH-AT)C(eština (C(eská republika)
cevoevvcsv

180x180

ROYAL_COYOTE_web_banner_v02

tds11

Poland Send Czech Players Home

In the second play-off match the Czech team encountered the 2009 European champions – the Poland, defending their title from Turkey. The Czech Republic surpassed that time´s result (16th place in the pool) and played up to the spectators´ expectations the role of a difficult opponent.

 110914_CZE_POL_foto1The first set reflected an even game in all the basic skills allowing for no mistakes. In the lead as far as 11-11, the Czechs applied quality serves performed by Peter Platenik and varying side and diagonal spikes. Then, a row of even scores followed at 14-14, 16-16, 18-18 and 20-20. Poland then gathered their hitters and used out Czech unforced mistakes on the block and in the field to fix the score to 21-24. Although the hosts summoned all the strength and averted 3 setballs, they did not withstand the fourth one and the final score was 23-25.

Czech players left out space for Polish hitters to reach the score 0-5. Both sides of the court in the thrilling match showed equilibristics in the back court and in the attack. Lukáš Ticháček fired the team with his serves to 5-5. Stokr was gunning down Polish blocks with his side spikes. In the Polish colors, Ruciak starred at the serve. Close in the score did both teams climb to the score 22-22. Despite the Polish time-out, the final moments belonged to the Czech team and his ace at 25-22.

The volleyball drama continued though the set start looked like a peaceful glide of the Czech team to 16-10, respectively 20-16. At that moment, Polish blocks put on force and Kubiak´s serves were the basis of 5 Polish points. Point by point, ball by ball, the Czech were unable to finish off the third set with five setballs in their hands. The third set was complete in 37 minutes at 29-31.

Precision play of the Polish team, primarily by Marcin Mozdzonek and Bartosz Kurek, gave Poland a steady advantage of 4-5 points. Polish players succeeded in scoring a matchpoint at 18-25.

Ondrej Hudecek, Czech captain: “I think the turning point was the third set when we were leading by six points and we lost it in the end. Throughout the tournament we haven´t found our blocks. And against Poland we needed them.” 

Jan Svoboda, Czech coach: “Congratulations to Poland. They were simply a better team today.” 

Polish captain Piotr Gruszka: “We knew what team we were going to meet. Recently we have lost to them. On their grounds it was supposed to be a difficult game. There were two crucial moments, in my opinion: the score 21-18 in the second set when we lost. The second one was when the Czechs were leading 20-16 and we turned it and won it. Now it is history. For players it means concentration and for coaches it means tactics to go ahead to final four.” 

Polish coach Andrea Anastasi: “I am very happy with the result. Czechs will be staying at home.”

Czech Republic – Poland 1:3 (23-25, 25-22,29-31,18-25)

Martina Poštová