First RefereeWim CAMBRÉBELSecond RefereeVladimir SIMONOVICSRB
Ostravar Arena is a multifunctional hall in Ostrava, located in the Ostrava-South district. It was completed in 1986 and at the time, it was the largest and most modern hall in Europe. First reconstruction took place between 2003 and 2004, the other in the year 2012. The capacity of this Aren is 10 157 seats. Ostravar Arena is the home stadium of the extra-league hockey club Vítkovice. Various sports and cultural events, European Championships and World Championships are held here: - Ice Hockey World Championship (2004, 2015) - Women's Floorball World Championship (2013) - European Figure Skating Championships (2017) - Tennis tournament J&T Banka Ostrava Open – part of the WTA Tour (2020) Capacity: 9631
How To Attend
Ruská 3077/135, OSTRAVA, 700 30 Capacity: 9631
TRAVELLING BY CAR In the direction from the D1 motorway it is exit 354. It is best to drive along Rudná Street, then along Závodní Street. SPORT ARENA signs guide visitors to the arena from all directions. The car parks by the OSTRAVAR ARENA are accessible from Závodní Street. GPS coordinates: 49.8044550N, 18.2512036E TRAVELLING BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT From Ostrava main train station by tram number 2 to the Sport aréna stop. From Ostrava bus station walk to the Náměstí republiky (or Dr. Malý) stop and then take tram number 2 to the Sport aréna stop. Get directions
Adam ZAJICEK was born in Prague and started playing Volleyball with his sister in 2004. His major achievements include a 7th place in at CEV EuroVolley 2017 and being a two time Czech National Champion. In his spare time he likes to spend time with his wife and son.
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CZECH REPUBLIC v SLOVENIA
CEV EuroVolley 2021 started today in Ostrava. The Czech team played against Slovenia – the same opponent as 20 years ago when Ostrava hosted European championship as well. After a very equal first set which was won by the Czech team, the Slovenian players were unable to do something with it even in the second part of the game. They focused and after some fantastic points won the third set but that was all from them. Czech Republic, thanks to the amazing fans won 3:1 (26:24, 25:18, 14:25, 25:19) and gained three extremely important points.
The beginning of the match was quite even and both teams tried to create a small lead. After many wonderful rallies Adam Zajicek showed up and his two aces forced the Slovenian coach Alberto Giuliani to take a time-out (18:16). It helped because his team equalised and all the fans here in Ostrava were witnessing great volleyball. The Czech team created a set point which they won after a missed spike and won the first set (26:24).
Even in the second set home team started aggressively and took an early lead (6:2). The Slovenian players quickly recuperated and after a while the score was even (7:7). The Czech team fought hard and thanks to the ace of Jan Galabov took the lead again (12:9). Pushed by their fans, they won the second set with a relatively significant difference (25:18).
The third part of the game started exactly as the first one. Both teams played great volleyball and it was balanced. However Slovenia demonstrated why they finished second last CEV EuroVolley in 2019. They dominated and with no further issues won by a massive difference (14:25).
In the beginning of the fourth and final set it looked totally different. Czech representatives created an early lead (6:2) by some great points of Galabov, Hadrava and Sedlacek. The Slovenian team tried their best to stop the home team but they just corrected the score (22:18). During a standing ovation, the Czechs took their first win of the tournament with the same score as 20 years ago – 3:1.
Jiri Novak, Czech head coach: “The players gave a great performance and I have to congratulate them. We have a small outage in the third set however we played on amazing level with fantastic support from our fans. Now we must calm down and prepare for another game. Today’s win is very important and I am glad that we have tangled our group a little bit.”
Alen Pajenk, middle blocker: “The ending of the fourth set was like a summary of the whole game. We tried to play, we attacked more than our opponent but some unnecessary mistakes cost us a lot. Czech players were observant and concentrated. This is the thing we must improve until next match. It was not our usual performance, we can definitely play better. Our opponent had a strong serve, it was risky but quite worthy for them. We could not make our way through their quality blocks.“
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 CZECH REPUBLIC compared to SLOVENIA.
CZECH REPUBLIC number of service aces compared to SLOVENIA
Errors leading to points of CZECH REPUBLIC, next to those from SLOVENIA