VK AGEL Prostějov
The Volleyball rumour that has been circulating for a longer time finally becomes a reality. The long tradition of the Czech-Slovak Cup where the best men's and women's teams from both countries of the former federation have been testing their strength against each other until now has been broken - the national associations mutually decided to cancel this year's event.
They wanted a medal, they aimed for silver and they dreamt of the title. In total, there were three main wishes and only the last one did not come true for the U16 team of AGEL Prostejov, so they can celebrate. They took second place in Czech Republic's U16 Extraliga, which was clear already after the opening match of the second final tournament held in Ceske Budejovice. Our U16 team downed Plzen on Saturday morning and thus became Czech Republic's vice-champion in advance. Later on they were unlucky to lose the match for the gold, but, despite this fact, our club was filled with happiness because of the big achievement!
Five gold medals in the women's Extraliga = five years of national dominance. AGEL Prostejov won the first two titles in Brno, the next two titles at DDM Sports Centre in Prostejov. This year they went to defend the title to the capital of Prague, which means the celebrations looked a bit different compared to the previous seasons.
Who is the best club in women's volleyball in the territory of the Czech Republic? The answer to this question is clear now and was found on Wednesday afternoon when our team managed to down Olymp Praha in straight sets in the last match of the 2013 UNIQA Extraliga finals - AGEL finished the finals with a 3:0 win/loss record. And now it is time to look back and ask the head coaches and captains of both squads to comment on the last match as well as on the other deciding clashes in the play-offs.
AGEL Prostejov did not have to deal with any complications on their final stretch to the next consecutive title in the UNIQA Extraliga - Women. Prostejov had the third match hosted by PVK Olymp Praha under control from the beginning to the end. They did not lose a single set and finished the 2013 difficult campaign with their dignity intact. And it is great that Prostejov managed to win the fifth title in Czech Republic's most elitist competition based on a solid performance and with a fast tempo!
For AGEL Prostejov there is only one match left on its path to the fifth consecutive title. But our ladies had to work really hard using all their moral qualities to get to this point because PVK Olymp Praha played at the same level as AGEL in the second match of the final series of the 2013 UNIQA Extraliga - Women. It looked like Olymp would win this match but they finally did not cruise to victory, even though they were leading AGEL 2:1 in sets and 15:11. The home win of Czech Republic's strongest team on paper was extremely close this time, but they managed to succeed and on 24 April they are going to Prague to pick up their gold medals.