Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, June 3, 2014 – A press conference was held on Tuesday morning for the FIVB Volleyball World League Pool E matches on June 5 and 6 between Czech Republic and Korea.

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Czech Republic gear up for Korea in World League

 
Czech Volleyball Federation Vice-President Robert Urbanek with coach Zdenek Smejkal, captain Ales Holubec and libero Martin Krystof at the press conference of the FIVB Volleyball World League in Ceske Budejovice
 

Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, June 3, 2014 – A press conference was held on Tuesday morning for the FIVB Volleyball World League Pool E matches on June 5 and 6 between Czech Republic and Korea.

Robert Urbanek, Czech Volleyball Federation Vice-President and organizing committee chairman, led coach Zdenek Smejkal, captain Ales Holubec and experienced libero Martin Krystof to respond to the questions of the media.

Coach Smejkal gave a review of their matches in Portugal on the second week of the World League and a preview of their home matches with Korea.

“We started with matches in the World League against a team that won a qualifying group for the 2015 CEV European Championship and we want to maintain the good form we carried on from Spain,” Smejkal said. “I do not want to think that we blew off our opening match. We lost but I must say that the players played well. In the first match, we had a bad service game but we still played a very close match.

“In the second match, we had more focus and the players were doing much better.” Smejkal explained. “Our target was to bring at least one win from Portugal, which we did. Against Korea, we gathered information about them and we scouted their three matches. We do not know much about this team because they are playing a different system.”

Smejkal expressed his intention to make some key adjustments on his lineup when they play the Korean team.

“We will make some changes in our lineup,” Smejkal said. “The lineup is unknown right now because the match is still in two days and it also depends on the players’ condition.”

Captain Holubec responded on the preparedness of the Czech team against the young Korean squad.

“I think we are well prepared and I hope that fans would support us to win, just like in the home qualification a few weeks ago,” Holubec said.

Organizing committee chairman Urbanek is confident that they are well prepared for hosting the competition.

“Budvar Arena is ready for the matches and we believe that there will be a great atmosphere here in Ceske Budejovice,” Urbanek said. “We believe that the local fans are hungry for volleyball.”





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