Overview

Team profile

Czech Republic

With six wins out of six, the Czech Republic finished top of FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Group 3’s Preliminary Round last year before losing to hosts Bulgaria in the Final Four final. Playing in their third successive World Grand Prix, they will be hoping to rediscover the magic touch that carried them to the gold medal in the 2012 European League under the leadership of coach Carlo Parisi. They finished 14th on their World Grand Prix debut in 2013.

Bulgaria were also their opponents in that 2012 European League final. The Czechs’ 3-0 victory, after 12 straight wins in the pool stage, brought back memories of the days when, playing as Czechoslovakia, they were a force to be reckoned with.

Czechoslovakia won a string of medals including gold in 1955 at the European Championship and bronzes at the World Championships in 1952 and 1960. Until 2012, the European Championship bronze they claimed in 1997 was the solitary medal they had won since the Czech/Slovak split in 1993. They missed out on qualification for the inaugural European Games held in Azerbaijan. However, there are encouraging signs for the Czechs, who took the bronze medal at the 2010 European Junior Championships.

Coach

Alexander Waibl

Alexander Waibl

Alexander Waibl was appointed Czech Republic coach for a year in February 2016. Before joining the team, Waibl coached German league clubs including TSV Bernhausen, Filderstadt and TSV Georgii Allianz Stuttgart. He led VC Stuttgart as they were promoted to the Bundesliga's first division and went on to mentor Dresdner SC in 2009. Waibl was at the helm when Dresdner SC triumphed in the German Cup in the 2009/10 season, and then won the Challenge Cup in the 2010/11 season. They were German vice-champions for two seasons in 2011/12 and 2012/13, and took home the trophy for the next two seasons in 2013/14 and 2014/15. Waibl added another title to his CV this season leading Dresdner SC to victory in the German Cup.

Staff

  • Team Manager Peter Goga
  • Assistant coach Zdenek Pommer
  • Second Assistant Coach Marcela Ritschelova
  • Doctor Zdenek Cech
  • Physiotherapist Zdenek Zitka

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
Puerto Rico
6 6 0 3 2 1 0 0 0 17 18 4 4.500 524 451 1.161
2
Dominican Republic
6 5 1 3 0 2 1 0 0 14 17 7 2.428 540 489 1.104
3
Bulgaria
6 5 1 1 2 2 0 0 1 13 15 9 1.666 554 494 1.121
4
Poland
6 4 2 1 2 1 1 0 1 12 14 10 1.400 565 484 1.167
5
Argentina
6 2 4 2 0 0 2 2 0 8 12 12 1.000 524 546 0.959
6
Czech Republic
6 2 4 2 0 0 1 3 0 7 11 12 0.916 502 511 0.982
7
Canada
6 0 6 0 0 0 1 1 4 1 3 18 0.166 414 516 0.802
8
Kenya
6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 18 0.000 319 451 0.707

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