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World League 2003 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Czech Republic beat Japan 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-18) - duration 1:19
08-Jun, start time: 14:37, end time: 15:56 - Attendance: 3,048
Czech Repubic new Pool D leaders with victory over Japan
In their debut World League year the Czech Republic has climbed to the top of Pool D, ahead of Greece on set ratio, after registering their fifth successive win on Sunday by beating Japan in straight sets in Ostrava.
The Czech Republic coach Pavel Rerabek was extremely happy to turn in another 3-0 performance as his team starts to gain some momentum on their home soil.
"This is a very valuable victory because we did not lose a set and this will be very important for us," Rerábek said. "I appreciate the approach of the whole team because we had to overcome some difficult moments."
Rerabek's team was better mainly on the block and serve again as Japan again struggled with their serve and receiving. Although the Japanese team was very combative it wasn't enough and they now return home for next week's matches against the Czech Republic.
Sunday's match was very similar to Saturday's with the Czech Republic boasting a strong serve and sure blocks.
In the first set Japan wanted to play strong, their defence was very good, but their bad reception didn't let them finish the set. In the second set the homeside led 17-7 at one stage before letting Japan close to 23-17. A couple of inspired substitutions from Rerabek however sealed the set.
With Peter Platenik on fire for the hosts (13 points for the night) the third and final set was a mere formality as the Czech Republic surprised once again and clinched another victory.
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