Slovenia and Czech Republic will meet for the first time in a European Olympic Qualification tournament.
These nations' only meeting in a world level major competition (World Championship, World League, Olympic Games, Grand Champions Cup, World Cup and Volleyball Nations League) came in the 2017 World League, where Slovenia beat Czech Republic 3-1 in the preliminary round. Alen Šket scored 21 points, at least six more than any other player on the court.
Czech Republic beat Slovenia 3-1 in the 2001 European Championship group phase, these teams’ only meeting in the history of the competition.
Slovenia followed up a straight-set win against Belgium in their opener on Sunday with a five-set victory over Germany in their second CEV Tokyo Volleyball Olympic Qualification 2020 match on Tuesday.
Slovenia are hoping to qualify for their first ever Olympic Games.
Toncek Stern scored a total of 40 points in Slovenia's opening two matches in Berlin, more than any of his teammates.
Only Klemen Cebulj (25) scored more points in Slovenia's 3-2 win over Germany than Toncek Stern (20).
Klemen Cebulj (4) and Tine Urnaut (4) combined for eight of Slovenia's 10 aces against Germany.
Czech Republic lost 3-2 against Belgium on Tuesday, after losing 3-0 against hosts Germany in their opener.
Czech Republic's only victory in a European Olympic Qualification match came in 2000 against Latvia (3-2).
Patrik Indra was Czech Republic's top scorer in both their opening two CEV Tokyo Volleyball Olympic Qualification 2020 matches - 13 points against Germany and 28 points against Belgium.
Lukas Vasina (13 & 16) and Jan Galabov (12 & 23) also reached double figures for Czech Republic in both matches in Berlin.
Jakub Janouch (3) and Galabov (3) combined for six of Czech Republic's eight aces against Belgium.
First RefereeKenneth AROFINSecond RefereeErdal AKINCITUR
Volleyball fans have ‘nicknamed’ the iconic Max-Schmeling-Halle ‘Germany’s Volleyball temple’. Actually, it is much more than just that – since this venue has played host to an impressive number of major international competitions as well, such as the 2002 FIVB Women’s World Championship, 2003 EuroVolley Men, 2013 EuroVolley Women, as well as the historic CEV Champions League Volley 2019 Super Finals back in May – to name only a few highlights. The Hall also plays as hosts to the Berlin Recycling Volleys, Germany's most decorated volleyball club with 10 Bundesliga titles and a CEV cup title in 2015/2016. The arena is located at Am Falkpl. 1, 10437 Berlin, Germany and holds up to 12,000 spectators.
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- Who Qualifies?
After completion of a single round robin in each of the two pools, the top two teams will play crossed semi-finals. This is followed by a winner-takes-it-all final, where a much-coveted ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be at stake.More
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MARTILOTTI Alfredo Walter
Assistant Coach 2
MARTILOTTI Alfredo Walter
Assistant Coach 2
National anthem of Slovenia
Defence of Jani KOVACIC
Lubos BARTUNEK attempt to save a ball
Tine URNAUT serving
Powerful spike of Mitja GASPARINI
Ziga STERN monster block
Rok MOZIC (17 y.o.) at his first appearance with the Senior team of Slovenia
The "traditional" selfie of Slovenia at the end of the match
Slovenia snatch third win to top Pool A
Slovenia finished their Pool A campaign undefeated, topping the final standings after a 3-1 (25-12, 28-26, 19-25, 28-26) win over Czech Republic on the way to the semifinals of the continental Olympic qualifier in Berlin.
The EuroVolley runners-up entered the match in full force and completely dominated the first set on the way to a 25-12 landslide. Coach Alberto Giuliani made several changes to his squad for the start of the second set.
Slovenia quickly recovered from an early four-point deficit and soon themselves gained a four-point lead. It was Czech Republic’s turn to catch up, which they did at 20-20 to prompt an interesting ending. The set went into overtime, the Slovenes denied three Czech set points before Mitja Gasparini aced for a set point of their own and Ziga Stern converted it to a 28-26 win with a powerful spike.
With Petr Michalek spearheading the offence, the Czechs were well in control of the third set. Greatly reducing the number of unforced errors, they made their way to a 25-19 win.
Coming in as a sub, Toncek Stern took charge of the Slovenian offence in the fourth set, nicely assisted by 17-year-old newcomer, outside spiker Rok Mozic, enough to make up for the improved blocking effort of the Czechs. Similar to the second set, Slovenia denied three set points for the Czechs before Toncek Stern finally closed the match at 28-26 with a successful attack. Czech Republic’s Patrik Indra was the best scorer of the game with 19 points to his name. Jan Kozamernik scored 15 times for the winners.
The match in numbers
The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.
The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.
Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.
The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.
An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.
The number of successful point winning blocks of SLOVENIA compared to CZECH REPUBLIC.
SLOVENIA number of service aces compared to CZECH REPUBLIC
Errors leading to points of SLOVENIA, next to those from CZECH REPUBLIC
Tine Urnaut, captain of Slovenia: “Today we went to win the match and that’s the most important thing. We changed a little bit the start-up, we changed during the match. But the most important thing was to win. Tomorrow will be a very tough match against France. They are the favourites of the semi-final, maybe also the whole tournament. And we know that we need to play quality Volleyball if we want to win.”