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2010 FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championship

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Czechs advance in style as Cameroon adventure ends

Czech Republic's Jan Stokr hits through the block of Cameroon's Jean Pierre Ndongo (9) and Sem Dolegombai (12).

Ancona, Italy, October 2, 2010 - Czech Republic shattered the dreams of Cameroon at the FIVB Men's World Championship with a 25-17, 25-18, 25-17 victory in front of 5,100 spectators at the Palarossini on Saturday.

The Czechs' success was their fourth in a row and their second of the second round, after the earlier win over the other Pool L team, USA, and it means they will move on to Rome for the third round where they will take on Brazil and Germany in Pool R. As for Cameroon, they bowed out after two defeats in Pool L but having gained a newfound respect among the international volleyball community.

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The west Africans, ranked 21st in the world, won the hearts of the crowds in Italy, and they were dancing even after they had been served this hard defeat by a Czech side ranked 15 places below them. Cameroon's loss was the United States' gain, however, as they advanced to the third round with a 1-1 Pool L record and will next face France and the hosts Italy in Pool O in Rome.
Czech Republic displayed a very balanced attack, Jan Stokr leading his team with 13 points in the victory with 11 spikes and two aces. Jakub Vesely added 12 points including a team-high four blocks, while Peter Platenik contributed 10 spikes and a block for 11 points. Cameroon captain Jean Patrice Ndaki Mboulet tallied a match-high 22 points with 19 spikes, two aces and a block. Jan Svoboda's side took advantage of 22 Cameroon errors and held a 9-4 block advantage.

The Czechs dominated from the outset against opponents supported by a colourful contingent of Cameroonians, not to mention the enthusiastic locals in the PalaRossini. The prospect of making history by reaching the last 12 may have explained the apparent tension in the Cameroon side as they fell 8-3 behind. Two aces from Ndaki Mboulet brought them back into the game at 10-6 but the Czech reply was immediate with Platenik playing a prominent role with his spikes. Thanks to the hits of Jiri Popelka and the attacks of Vesely and Stokr, the Czechs brought the set to a rapid conclusion (25-17).

The Czech Republic continued their reign of domination as the second set began, forcing Cameroon coach Peter Nonnenbroich to call a timeout with his side 6-2 down. But the Czechs stayed in control and finished the set at 25-18 with Stokr scoring five points. Their figures of 75 percent positive receiving and 76 percent attack underline the Europeans' supremacy at this stage. There was no change in the third set as Ndaki Mboulet and company showed just glimpses of their usual game. With Lukas Tichacek helping pull the strings, using the adept ability of his attackers, the inevitable followed as the Czechs concluded a crushing win.


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