FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

Press release

Host Czech Republic's debut is a success against Puerto Rico


Czech Republic 's debut celebration together with their mascot

Brno, Czech Republic, June 21, 2013 – Towered by the tallest player of the tournament, Alba Hernandez (207 centimeters), Puerto Rico tried to stop their first opponent at the Womens U20 World Championship, but host Czech Republic did not allow them to stick their flag on Kajot central court: the host country won the match 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-14, 25-17), here on Friday.

Czech Republic was guided by the balanced setting of Marie Kurkova, who used her team-mates at her best. The home spectators cheered the team to beat their obvious tenseness and from the third set onward Puerto Rico were no more able to block the opponents’ action. Coach Carlos Cruz asked all his girls to perform their debut in this match, trying but not finding a way out thanks to fresh power from the bench.

Czech Republic Michaela Mlejnkova headed the best scorers with 16 points, while the best spiker from Puerto Rico was Kanisha Jimenez, who marked 11 points.

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