Hawai’i recruit helps Czech Republic earn berth to European Championship Finals

A Hawai’i incoming recruit helped his country qualify for the CEV U20 European Championship Finals.

Outside attacker Filip Humler in limited playing time contributed to the Czech Republic going undefeated at the European Championship third round this weekend and earning one of the last berths to the 12-team finals.

Humler came off the bench and had two serve receptions in the Czech Republic Men’s Junior National Team’s sweep against Serbia on Sunday. The outside attacker was making his first appearance in the European Championship this year after being named to the 12-player Czech Republic roster for the third round.

The Czech Republic swept all three of its third-round matches to win its four-team pool and qualify for the European Championship Finals.

Humler, a 6-foot-7 pin hitter who helped his club team win the 2017 Czech Republic national championship, committed to Hawai’i in November and will join the Rainbow Warriors for the 2019 season.

This is the second consecutive year that Humler has competed in the European Championship. Humler helped the Czech Republic win the U19 European Championship in 2017.

The European Finals will begin July 14 in the Netherlands and Belgium. Among the other NCAA players slated to compete in the finals include Italian outside attacker Davide Gardini, a BYU incoming recruit.