One observation from recent U18 and U20 European Championships is the excellent performance of the Czech teams, winning silver in both tournaments. This probably means they recently have invested more in the preparation for these teams: good thing for Czech and European volleyball overall.
I watched last nights WEVZA-final (U18 - former 8 Nations tournament) between Italy and Belgium:
Italian team won easily in 3 straight sets (-15,-20,-20):
Boy, what a great team, this Italian U18:
- Stefani: scoring machine, definitely future opposite of Italian team.
- Catania: excellent libero, very athletic, spectacular in defense.
- Porro: great setter, excellent setting technique, great serve.
- Michieletto: left-handed, tall, wing spiker.
A lot of individual talent, but also very mature, intelligent as a team.
This selection lost semi final against Czech team in the last U18 EC, so that makes me curious about this Czech team.