"It was very difficult game and Romania played really good volleyball. We couldn’t push them with our reception, we had some problems, but I’m very proud on this young team we have. The experienced players took their responsibilities to pushing the younger ones. I tis a big achievement that we are in the finals of the European golden league and also we are qualified to the Challenger Cup. Our goal wat to put young players to our system and this is a big result and before us is the big final."
Head Coach of Czech national team
"We have to go all out and fight for every ball in France as well. Just like we showed against Romania."
Player of Czech national team
"If you want to win, you have to beat anyone, so it doesn't matter if we go to France or Croatia. I'd still prefer to go to Croatia because the boys will play the Final Four there and we could support each other, cheer each other on during the games."
Captain of Czech national team
- All Time
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FRANCE with maiden #EuroLeagueW title
The hosts, sparked by their home crowd and powered by Lucille Gicquel (6 points) and Amandha Sylves (5 points), enjoyed a flying start to the match, taking a 6-1 and 14-8 lead. So big advantage dulled their vigilance abit, and Czech Republic with Denisa Pavlinkova on the service line made up the gap to tie at 18-18. After a short period of the point-by-point game, France scored two points in a row with winning blocks - actually this element made the difference in the opener 4-1 - and the hosts closed the set after a spike from Leia Ratahiry.
The second set was way more competitive from its very beginning. Although France was far from playing flawlessly (10 own mistakes), the teams created a great spectacle for the fans, filled with passionate rallies. Gabriela Orvosova was the leader of Czech Republic and it was the guest team to have the first set ball, but France denied it and the game was prolonged into extra-time. Eventually, the hero of France - Gicquel, who tallied in total as many as 10 points in the second set (70% of success in attack) sealed the deal by stopping the rival's spike with the block.
The hosts immediately ran away with the score in the next set, reaching an eight-point advantage at 13-5. But the Czech Republic knew that it was do or die and with all their efforts and Katarina Valkova on serve reduced the gap ,scoring five consecutive points. It was a stimulus for France, who shifted up and re-built their advantage and never looked back, earning historic title after winning the set 25-14.
Gicquel who topped the scorers' chart with 20 points, was the one to score the point that gave her team the maiden title. She recorded in total 14 kills, 2 blocks, 4 aces and 58% success in attack and was awarded with the MVP award. Orvosova was the top scorer for Czech Republic with 11 points to her name.
There is only happiness tonight. I'm really happy and proud to be a part of this team. We won the Golden League, but we had to fight really hard, because Czech Republic played really well.
team captain of France
The match in numbers
The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.
The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.
Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.
The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.
An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.
The number of successful point winning blocks of FRANCE compared to CZECH REPUBLIC.
FRANCE number of service aces compared to CZECH REPUBLIC
Errors leading to points of FRANCE, next to those from CZECH REPUBLIC