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EL W: Czech Republic got to its first win

by WoV
source: cev.lu

Final Four organizer Czech Republic achieved its first win of the weekend by downing Greece 3:1 (25-17, 16-25, 25-18, 25-18).

Czech-Republic-Greece

Czech Republic – Greece

The teams that lost yesterday met today to take advantage of the last opportunity to put three points in the pocket before heading back home. The Czech team started very strong to take the lead 6-3. The first technical time-out came and this break gave the Greeks the chance to come back into the game. But it did not help this time – 11-5 to the Czech team. Anther good spike by Tereza Vanzurova gave the 13th point to the her team. At 18-11 the Greeks took anther time-out to try to come back into the game, but it was too late. The Czech team took the first set by 25-17.
 
The second set started different – 6-2 to the Greek girls, but it did not last long – a 10-10 score put the Czechs back to the game. The set continued neck to neck through 13-13, but the Greeks came defiantly different to take the lead 17-14 with aggressive spikes by Maria Chatzinikolaou. 20-14 prompted Czech head coach Carlo Parisi to take a time-out, but it did not help this time – 23-15 to the Greeks. Good blocking by the girls in blue from Greece led to 25-16.
 
The third set started with an 8-4 to the Czechs, but the set continued to be very tight. After 16-13 to the Czech team great serving by Andrea Kossanyiova added another point to the lead – 18-14. Good blocking by the Greeks gave them hope for coming back, but it did not work out. The Czechs won the third set 25-14.
 
A13-13 score gave the impression of a tight fourth set, but great spikes led to 25-18 and gave the set to the Czechs to win the game by 3:1 and go home with one victory from this tournament.
 
Carlo Parisi, head coach of the Czech Republic, said: “I am not happy at all. We should play much better. I definitely need to look for the way to play much better.“ Dimitrios Floros, head coach of Greece, added: “I am happy with the tournament.  We will play better and better in the future. It is a very intensive tournament and we have to get used to that.

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