Israeli guys celebrate first win in front of home audience
2012 CEV Volleyball European League - Men
Ra’anana, Israel, June 8, 2012. Israel men’s national team celebrated on Friday its first win in the CEV Volleyball European League as the home guys cruised to a 3:0 win (25-22, 25-18, and 25-20) to edge another rookie of the competition, Denmark, as the third leg of Pool A got started at “Metrowest” sports hall in Ra’anana. The Ambassador of Denmark to Israel was also in attendance as Ra’anana is playing host to a stop of the European League for the third consecutive year.
Israel’s head coach Zohar Bar-Netzer opted for a very young starting six, whose average age (21) speaks for itself when it comes to the international experience of the home guys. The score was very close in the opening phases of the match but Tamir Hershko opened the gap for Israel (19:16) with Shon Feiga contributing the last point that sealed a very promising 25-22.
The second set turned also into a neck-to-neck race up to 12 all but Alexander Shafranovich – the most experienced player included in Israel’s roster – took his side by the hand and anchored the group to a very impressive 25-18 for a provisional 2:0 lead in sets.
Before the start of set 3 the Israeli Volleyball Association honored some young athletes with the scholarship named after the late Avi Feigenbaum, one of Israel’s most prominent Volleyball players in history. Set 3 unfolded following a similar plot with the score remaining initially very close before the Israelis broke away to celebrate their first win in the competition – where they are debuting this year – in front of 450 loud and passionate fans.
In the second match of the day Slovakia beat Greece 3:1 (25-16, 24-26, 25-12, and 25-19). Slovakia changed gear right after the second technical time-out of the opening set but in the second section of the game could not stop the terrific final rush of the Greek players. Afterwards, the Slovaks restored their supremacy and comfortably clipped set 3 and 4 for a well deserved 3:1 win.
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