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Czech Republic and France start Euro U19s in winning style

The Czech players had plenty to shout about on the opening day of the Euro U19s
Lausanne, Switzerland, April 22, 2017 – The Czech Republic and France both showed their strength on the opening day of the 2017 CEV U19 Volleyball European Championship - Men, with enjoyable wins in Puchov, Slovakia. 

The top six teams will qualify for the FIVB Volleyball U19 Boy’s World Championship that takes place in Bahrain from August 18-27. 

The Czech Republic lost the opening set by recovered to defeat Turkey 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-16), while France match that result with a 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-19, 25-15) win over hosts Slovakia.

“We started a little nervous and our opponent made no errors in the first part of the opening set,” Jiri Zach, coach of the Czech Republic said. “But after that we showed more emotion and we were the better team on the court technically. 

“We were better in attack and it was the key factor. My players surprised me that they were able to hold high level of the game throughout the match. We started well, but tomorrow we will play against Finland and it will be very tough.”

In the third match in the pool Finland defeated. Romania 3-0 (25-20, 25-13, 25-17). 

In the second group in Gryor, Hungary Russia overcame their long-time rivals and current FIVB U19 Boy’s champions Poland 3-2 (23-25, 25-23, 25-19, 16-25, 17-15).

Poland won the first set, but Russia responded by winning the next two. Maciej Zendel’s side tied up the score at 4-4, but failed to capitalise on two match points that allowed Russia to claim the victory. 

“Honestly, I am not able to think or talk right now,” Andrey Nozdrin, coach of Russia said. “I am too excited and happy at the moment.”

Russia captain Stanislav Antonov added, “the start was very difficult, but during the game we became stronger and stronger and finally we were able to join forces and win.”

Hosts Hungary were unable to start with a win as the fell 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-23) to Belgium, while Italy needed to dig deep to defeat Bulgaria in the final match of the day. The Azzurrini eventually prevailed 3-2 (24-26, 25-15, 25-16, 19-25, 15-13) in a match that lasted 115 minutes. 

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