The Czechs started the match against the Bulgarians with the certainty of advancing to the round of 16, which they won by victory over Greece on Monday. They resisted the favored home team only in the first set, in which they did not use the setball and lost it 24:26. In the following course, the Bulgarians, who had a height advantage, dominated the board and won the sets clearly 25:12 and 25:19.
In the first set, the Czech national team held out hope for a point gain by submitting and managed to erase the five-point shortage. After Andrey Kossányi’s smash, they had a setball at 24:23, but the home players scored the following three points. From the Czech point of view, the second set was the least successful at the championship, and against the Bulgarian blocs, the volleyball players did not make it even in the third set. Gabriela Orvošová was the team’s top scoring player with nine points.
The Czech volleyball players did not win a set for the first time in the fifth match at the championship and will occupy the last fourth place in the group with six points. They won the tournament over Greece and Spain, and lost to the Germans and Poles alongside Bulgaria.
Their eight-final opponents, the Turks, vice-champion from the last European Championships and the fifth team from the recent Olympic Games in Tokyo, gained a maximum of 15 points in the basic phase and lost only one set.
|European Volleyball Championship:|
|Group A (Belgrade):|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina – Belgium 0: 3 (-23, -19, -15),|
|Azerbaijan – Serbia 0: 3 (-17, -20, -19)|
|Group B (Plovdiv):|
|Germany – Greece 3: 0 (20, 17, 22),|
|Bulgaria – Czech Republic 3: 0 (24, 12, 19)|
|Lineup and points of the Czech Republic: Kossányiová 7, Šimáňová 4, Orvošová 9, Mlejnková 6, Trnková 1, Valková, libero Dostálová / Chevalierová – Hodanová, Purchartová 1, Kojdová 3, Bajusz, Svobodová 1. Coach: Athanasopulos.|
|Most points of Bulgaria: G. Dimitrovová 14, N. Dimitrovová, E. Dimitrovová and Vasilevová after 12.|
|Group B table|
|Group C (Zadar):|
|Hungary – Croatia 1: 3 (-19, 21, -17, -21)|
|Switzerland – Slovakia 1: 3 (21, -14, -19, -25)|
|Group D (Cluj):|
|Netherlands – Turkey 0: 3 (-21, -21, -20)|
|Romania – Finland 1: 3 (18, -22, -22, -22)|
|Group D table|