First RefereeMarie-Catherine BOULANGERBELSecond RefereeChantal KAISERFRA
Kolodruma is the biggest multifunctional complex in Plovdiv, famous with modern architecture and impressive atmosphere. The hall is unique not only being the only covered Olympic-sized cycling track in the Balkans, but also for being able to host 22 sports at the highest level. Kolodruma has also a hall for warm up trainings, press center, locker rooms, coach rooms, LED screens, underground and grand parking for 438 cars. The Arena is connected to four boulevards so getting there is easy. Capacity: 6100
How To Attend
Naycho Tsanov Blvd., PLOVDIV, 4000 Capacity: 6100
City bus lines that have stops near the arena: 4, 10, 17, 99 PLOVDIV AIRPORT – distance to the hall is 12.2 km, cca. 15 min by car. There’s no public transportation from the airport. SOFIA AIRPORT – distance to the hall by car using highway A1 is 151 km and takes around 1 hour 40 minutes. Get directions
Returning to the EuroVolley after not qualifying for the event in 2019, the Czech Republic will feature a physical team on the court in which stand out outside hitter and team captain Andrea Kossanyiova (28) and middle blocker Veronika Trnkova (25), who was the best hitter of the 2021 Golden League. Returning to the podium for the first time since 1997, when they took bronze, might be a tough ask, but finishing better than eighth and improving their eight most recent performances is certainly an attainable goal.
To do that, the Czechs will probably have to get revenge for their 3-2 setback to Spain in the Golden League bronze medal match back in June when the teams meet in the opening day, August 19. Star 23-year-old outside hitter Ana Escamilla, the top scorer of the Golden League, and 18-year-old Raquel Montoro, the best server of the tournament, will both play a pivotal role in the team’s success in the EuroVolley and if they do well, the Spanish should have every right to dream about an appearance in the elimination round.
Maria SEGURA PALLERES
She was born in Barcelona (ESP) in 1992 and started in National Team in 2011. She won a Bronze medal in the 2021 Golden European League and is an emotional and positive player. She dreams of playing at the Olympic Games and likes music, Game of Thrones, eatting soup, and spending free time with her family and friends.
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Czech Republic good mood
Spain arriving to the venue
Las Leonas getting inspired before the match
CZE setter, Katerina Valkova showing skills
Pascual Saurin, head coach of Spain giving instructions
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Czech Republic defeat Spain to get the revenge for the 2021 Golden League bronze medal lost
What better way to take revenge for the lost 2021 Golden League bronze medal match than a 3-1 win in your first 2021 #EuroVolley game. The Czech Republic managed to come back after losing the first set to overcome Spain in the first match for the day in the Kolodruma sports hall.
● Spain started on fire quickly taking the lead and increasing it to 17-10 with the help of Raquel Montoro who contributed with 7 points. Despite the score, the Czechs had not said their final word yet, turning the match into a point-by-point mode after a couple of good spikes by Mlejnkova. At 23-22, Trnkova served out though to ensure the first set point for Spain who did not miss the chance given and put the end of the set.
● Trnkova needed 1 set to pay off for the mistake made, having the key role for the Czech comeback. The best hitter of the 2021 Golden League scored a total of 7 points in the second set (2 blocks, 1 ace).
● Czechia kept with style and took the lead in the set score by pushing hard on the attack with 45 % efficiency on winning spikes achieved.
● Although, the fourth set ran in a more competitive way the team from Central Europe proved to be the steadier one on the court. After another dominant performance by Michaela Mlejnkova, the players of Ioannis Athanasopoulos congratulated themselves on the first 2021 #EuroVolleyW win.
● Exactly Melnikova became the top scorer of the match with 22 points, while Lucrecia Castelano and Raquel Montoro both scored 17 for Spain.
"It was a hard first set - I was like: "Oh My God, it will be a really tough match". And then we tried to calm. It looked like we were fighting with ourselves especially with the block. The victory means a lot for us and for our plans. Our key games are those with Spain and Greece. Of course, we can surprise the big favorites as well. But after this victory, we can go to the next games a bit calmer."
Player, Czech Republic
"We did not have some of our main players available and it was not our best team today. We were fighting ourselves in both the first and third sets. But in the end, we managed to find a solution. It was a "must-win'' game against Spain, but I'm happy we achieved a 3-1 victory for 3 points"
Head Coach, Czech Republic
"We really fought hard for the victory. Unfortunately, it did not work out. I really hope to show the best of us in the upcoming matches."
"We tried to give 100% of us, but we faced some issues and it did not work out. However, it could not be an excuse. Our main goal is to play good Volleyball and we will give our best to do so. It is nice to be in such a special Volleyball country as Bulgaria. The opening match and the show presented were great."
Head Coach, Spain
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 SPAIN compared to CZECH REPUBLIC.
SPAIN number of service aces compared to CZECH REPUBLIC
Errors leading to points of SPAIN, next to those from CZECH REPUBLIC