Finger nails down Czech win with 23-point haul


Czech Republic celebrate the victory over Slovakia

Bratislava, Slovakia, June 25, 2016 -  Czech Republic beat Slovakia in five sets 3-2 (23-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 15-11) in the final match of the tournament in Bratislava. 

Michal Finger was the best scorer for the winning side with 23 points, Slovakia's wing-spiker Matej Patak collected 21 points. Czech Republic won all three matches in tie-breaks.

Slovakia started well and led 8-4 after good attack by Peter Mlynarcik. But then the guests turned the score to 12-10 thanks to good service by youngster Donovan Dzavoronok. The hero of final moments in first set was Stefan Chrtiansky as Slovakia won 25-23. 

Home team lead 14-9 in the second set, but the Czechs put Slovakia under pressure by good service from Michal Finger and won the second set 25-23.

Slovaks jumped again on the board in third set and when Peter Ondrovic hit the ace, the score was 17-11 in their favour. The Czechs did not find an answer and home crowd of 3000 people celebrated the victory 25-19.

The fourth set was completely under the control of Czech team and they won it 25-18 triggering their third tie-break in three days.

The Czechs used the momentum and started set five on high note. They lead 6-1 and did not allow Slovaks to come back. Young team mentored by Miguel Angel Falasca won all three matches in Bratislava in tie-breaks.


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