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"Ukraine's biggest strength is their height advantage. They have two very tall centre players, they have fringe players who are physically mature, they are hitting, they are using shots a little bit behind the three-metre line on the diagonals, so definitely the key to success will be good defence in zones four, five and in zones one and two."

Jiří Novák
Head Coach of Czech national team

"Ukraine has had a very good team for the last few years, which relies mainly on the star Oleh Plotnytskyi. It is absolutely true that Ukraine relies on a punchy bouncy serve. The calling card of this is that they have perhaps only one player who sometimes alternates the floating serve, otherwise all players use the bouncing serve."

Daniel Pfeffer
Libero of Czech national team
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Czechia to fight for EuroLeagueM Gold

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Czech Republic 3 -2 Ukraine 

 

Czechia and Ukraine delivered a real Volleyball spectacle in the first semi-final of the day, at the Final Four of the Men’s Golden #EuroLeagueM. The players around head coach Jiri Novak were two sets behind, but came back in the match, claiming the next three. Statistically, Ukraine were better on attack (63 to 58 winning spikes), while on the blocking, the sides delivered a rather equal performance - 10 to 11 for Ukraine. It was the better serving (nine to two aces) that played a pivotal role for the Czech’s win, as the Novak’s players recorded aces in the most important moments of the game. 

 

22 points by top scorer, Ukraine’s Oleh Plotnytskyi weren’t enough to stop the inspired Czech team. For the winners, Patrik Indra finished with 19 points.

 

Throughout the whole first set, Ukraine would lead, but Czechia would breathe down their necks. Even though Oleh Plotnytskyi and his teammate stormed to a 4-0 right after the first referee whistle, finishing with no problems their attacks (seven spikes until the 11th point), Czechia were putting their best effort in defence. It paid off, as the Czech got closer twice - 14-15, and in the end of the set at 23-24. However, Ukraine showed nerves of steel, and also seized their chances on their opponents’ errors (the most important one, probably, the error by Galabov on the serving line for the set point). 



It was a close call in the beginning of the second set (4-4), but the players around head coach Jiri Novak gave Ukraine a taste of their own medicine, delivering some monster blocks, taking the lead at 13-11. However, team leaders Yurii Semeniuk and Oleh Plotnytskyi stepped up, and turned the tables (19-17), but just for a moment, as Czechia did not give up. Even though they were close to tying the set score, Illia Kovalov put the end of “the discussion”. 

 

Czechia refused to lose the match just yet, as starting better in the third set (6-2), showed nothing was over for them. Both sides began “a cat-and-mouse” fame (11-11, 13-13, 18-18, 20-20), but the better performance on the serving line (three aces) sealed the deal for the Czech team - Galabov made it up for his error in the first set, acing for 22-21, while Marek Sotola recorded a direct set point. 



The Czech Republic entered even more motivated the fourth set (9-4), but Ukraine got back on their feet (10-9). However, thanks to great concentration, and resilience in the difficult moments, Czechia could maintain their leadership position, even if with only one point. Strong serves in the deciding moments, turned out to be the key to set-success. 

 

Inspired, the Czech players completed the comeback, “knocking out” Ukraine in the tie-break (10-4), as the players of Ugis Krastins suffered in their attacks (12 to six for Czech in this set). An ace by captain Adam Zajicek gave Czechia the first match-point. Ukraine denied it, but it wasn’t enough. 




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“We are very happy because in the first two sets, it looked like that we would lose. Then, maybe the opponents got a little bit tired, and stopped with the strong serve. It was our chance. With good reception and a good side-out - that’s how we won the game!”

Daniel Pfeffer
Libero of Czechia

“It was a good match. The Czech played really good. They fought for every ball. They won deservedly, they have to play for the Gold. It wasn’t our goal to fight for the Bronze, but we will fight and we want to leave the competition with a medal.”

Oleh Plotnytskyi
Captain of Ukraine

“The four sets were extremely even. Subconsciously, I knew we didn't play that badly in the opening two sets and losing in the endgame was a rookie tax for some. The guys need to get a feel for this level of play, to let go of the importance of the moment. The ends of the third and fourth sets were in our favour and we handled the tiebreaker with bravura.”

Jiří Novák
Head coach of Czechia

“I'm very happy with the result because I finally got to play, I got a chance to prove myself and I hope I helped our team to win today. If I play in the final, which is of course still a question, I will enjoy it because there are not many games like this in my life. I'm really happy to be here and we'll see how it goes tomorrow. On our side, we took it today by fighting. The most different thing was the display on the pitch and that's how we got into our stride and went for the win.”

Oliver Sedláček
Player, Czechia

“It was a very interesting match, in which we pulled two sets. Then we turned it around and advanced, because when you're down 0-2 and you turn it around to 3-2, it's even sweeter. We can't believe it yet. Patrik Indra has helped us a lot, improving our reception and serve. We started to get better, Lubos Bartunek could combine more on the pass and thanks to that it was successful.”

Martin Licek
Player, Czechia

"We knew we could play with the Ukrainians, but it's not easy against such good players. But in the end we turned it on and started playing. We managed a tough game, we showed that we won't give up in any situation and we managed to turn around a difficult 0:2 scoreline. Tomorrow we will fight for the title and if we show our inner strength, it could work.”

Patrik Indra
Player, Czechia

The match in numbers

153
Points

The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.

138
Duration

The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.

300
Spectators

Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.

251
Match Spikes

The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.

42%
Reception Level

An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.

10-11
Net Domination

The number of successful point winning blocks of CZECH REPUBLIC compared to UKRAINE.

9-2
Ace Count

CZECH REPUBLIC number of service aces compared to UKRAINE

60-56
Error Difference

Errors leading to points of CZECH REPUBLIC, next to those from UKRAINE