Czech Republic enter the match inspired after the sweet revenge they got on Thursday from Spain, winning on them at 3-1, and making them "pay" for the bronze medal loss at the Golden #EuroLeagueW back in June. Michaela Mlejnkova finished as top scorer with 22 points to her.
"We are happy with the victory, but we want to keep on improving!" Mlejnkova said after the victory.
Germany on the other hand, lost in a hard-fought match against Poland in their opener of their 2021 #EuroVolleyW. However, the Germans will be inspired to record first victory, and as middle blocker Camilla Weitzel said on Thursday, they hope to show what they are capable of in their next matches.
First RefereeDaniël JETTKANDTNEDSecond RefereeAleksander SIKANJICLIE
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
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Veronika was born in Prague and got into Volleyball via her parents and a little bit of luck. Her parents are recreational players so she was close to volleyball from her childhood. Her biggest achievements to date are in the 2019 GEL as well as being a 4 times Czech Champion. In her spare time she likes to go on long hikes or prepare of some tasty foods at home.
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Kimberly Drewniok and Hanna Orthmann of GER
Czech Republic concentrated
Germany ready to warm up
CZE coach, Ioannis Athanasopoulos
Sports hall "Kolodruma"
Michaela Mlejnkova (12) against Germany's block
The Happy Winners
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Czech Republic fight hard but Germany celebrates
Germany remained unbeaten in Pool B after achieving a 3-1 win over the Czech Republic at the start of day 3 in Kolodruma sports hall in Plovdiv.
● A very competitive opener put the start of the match with both teams alternating the lead which was not expanded to more than 2 points throughout the set. The inspired Czechs fought hard but with a better percentage of reception (52% positive against 30%), Germany was the team that managed to take the advantage of the opponent errors made and opened the set score.
● It did not take much for the Czech Republic to tie despite falling 6 points behind at the beginning of Set 2 (1-7). Michaela Mlejnkova and Gabriela Orvosova were the Czech leaders on the court pushing hard from the serving line with a total of 3 aces for the team coached by Ioannis Athanasopoulos.
● Germany put themselves in trouble again in the third set and with as many as 10 errors could have started thinking about a tie-break. Still, with better performance on attack, the team of Felix Koslowski got closer to the win.
● A full effort from the Czech side after the break totally dominating on block in the fourth set (6 points). However, once the set progressed to its conclusion, Germany was the better-concentrated team and congratulated themselves with the second consecutive win at #EuroVolleyW.
● Louisa Lippmann led all the scorers contributing 20 points for the win of Germany.
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 GERMANY.
CZECH REPUBLIC number of service aces compared to GERMANY
Errors leading to points of CZECH REPUBLIC, next to those from GERMANY
"It was a hard match. We had to find our rhythm of play after the loss yesterday. We tried pushing hard from the serving line. We had some ups and downs today but we have a strong squad and everyone is able to help when needed. I am really proud of our team."
"I think we did everything we could today. We fought, served well, and achieved many aces. Germany is a great team and our initial plans were to enjoy the match and to play as well as possible. I think we did so."
Middle Blocker, Czech Republic