The volleyball players of Karlovy Vary defended the title, winning the fifth final 16:14 in the fifth set

Updates: 09.05.2022 21:01

Karlovy Vary – The volleyball players of Karlovy Vary defended their home title. In the decisive fifth match of the extra league final, they defeated Lvy Praha 3: 2 in sets, winning the tie-break 16:14. As the first team in this final series, they took advantage of the home environment and won the third title in club history. In addition to last year, they also succeeded in 2018.

The home team entered the match better, who clearly dominated in the first set. The Praguers still reduced from 5:10 to 12:13, but then they struggled to receive in the attack and scored only two points in the rest of the set. The West Bohemians won it 25:14.

The second set was much more balanced. Right at its beginning, the Dutch universal Lviv Kay van Dijk caught on and the finish line went to 18:18. Then the second guest recorder Ivan Pljaseckij came to serve, and this usual move made the coach Tomáš Pomr extraordinarily successful. Pljasecký’s sail was bothered by home libero Daniel Pfeffer and the home attacks broke by a block after inaccurate passes. The Ukrainian volleyball player stayed in the service until the set table and the Prague team took a step after winning 25:19.

In the third set, however, the reigning champions were again more aggressive. They tormented the guests with tough service and subsequent good defense, and after another dominant performance they won 25:17. They were one hundred from the next title, but the Lions did not allow a quick end. The smashman Tomáš Kriško was in the attack in the fourth set and the Prague team bounced back to 16:11. He kept the lead until the end thanks to the fact that the players of Karlovy Vary, especially in the final, failed to service. They had to take risks and make mistakes when serving.

This year’s title was decided in the closest possible way. In the fifth set, the home team jumped into the lead 10: 4, but then the Prague team leveled at 13:13. Karlovy Vary turned the second match ball after the universal Patrik Indra ended the drama with an elusive tape service. “It means a lot to me, because it was most likely the last point here in Karlovy Vary. I’m glad I said goodbye here. I really appreciate it, because the Lions played great and left us nothing for free,” Indra said.

Kriško was the most scoring player of the match with twenty-two points, but he did not avert defeat. “Silver may be a success, but I can’t see it that way now. I hope that over time it will somehow shake and I will be able to enjoy it. But I always go for the highest goals, so now I’m disappointed. I think some inattention, some chaotic solutions to the situations that cost us the victory, “he regretted.

Even the final ball, when Indra’s pass rolled over the tape, saddened him. “We have been saying all season that we have to take such balls in front. Unfortunately, the lucky ace will freeze at the end of such a series, but I congratulate Var for an excellent performance. Unfortunately, we finished in second place,” he added.

As last year, Karlovy Vary won the decisive fifth final against České Budějovice and secured a place in the next year’s Champions League. In the decisive final, they were helped by a balanced performance of the attackers, when Indra, the scorer Lukáš Vašina and the best player of the match, blocker Adam Zajíček, met on fourteen points. “The final is played a little differently, it is usually not determined by individual performances, it is always done in a team. Even though we were not so successful in the attack today, we decided it with other things,” the coach of winners Jiří Novák praised for Czech Television.

As in previous matches, it was decided which team won first. “It was always crucial to serve well in that set. As soon as a little difference was made, the team took the energy out of the audience and played,” said the national team coach, who could rejoice in the club’s triumph before the crowded Ball Sports Hall.

On the contrary, the Lions did not change the chance to return the most valuable men’s volleyball trophy to Prague after 30 years. “I’m very sad now, we were very close to it. I missed the effort that everyone puts into it. I’m proud of the boys. I think we took part in a beautiful final and we did a pretty nice advertisement for volleyball,” the Prague coach regretted. Pomr. “I think he decided the excellent pressure on the service from the opponent, which they created persistently. It is difficult to play against such teams,” added today’s Lviv leader Kriško.

Men’s Volleyball Extra League Playoff Final – Match 5:

Karlovy Vary – Lions Prague 3: 2 (14, -19, 17, -20, 14)

Judges: Rychlík, Grabovský. Time: 137 min. Attendance: 1521. Final score: 3: 2.

Reports and points:

Karlovy Vary: Vasina 14, Zajíček 14, Indra 14, Ihnát 8, Wilson 10, Keemink 3, libero Pfeffer – Wiese 11, Kočka, Římal, Fišer. Coach: Novák.

Lions Prague: Smith 9, Todua 7, Van Dijk 16, T. Kriško 22, Nedeljkovič 14, Janouch 1, libero Moník – Pljaseckij 1, Vodička 1, Mihaljovič, McCarthy, Toman. Coach: Pomr.

Final ranking of extra league 2021/22: 1. Karlovy Vary 2. Lions Prague, 3. České Budějovice, 4. Odolena Voda, 5. Příbram, 6. Kladno, 7. Ústí nad Labem, 8. Liberec, 9. Brno, 10. Ostrava, 11. Beskydy, 12. Zlín.

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