Lokomotiv to host BERLIN Recycling Volleys for first home match of the prelims
2013 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Men
Novosibirsk, Russia, October 26, 2012. Lokomotiv NOVOSIBIRSK of Russia will play this coming Wednesday its first home match in preliminary Pool B of the 2013 CEV Volleyball Champions League by hosting Germany’s BERLIN Recycling Volleys. In the first round of play completed this week, Lokomotiv and BERLIN scored a couple of wins in straight sets as they easily disposed of their opponents, namely Budvanska Rivijera BUDVA and Jihostroj CESKE BUDEJOVICE respectively. The match scheduled for October 31 is hence going to determine the provisional leader of the group.
Lokomotiv recently claimed the Siberian Cup for the fourth consecutive year (see picture) and as per decision of the coaching staff, the best players of the group did not travel to Montenegro for the first leg of the Champions League but the “second lines” did very well there scoring a 3:0 win.
NOVOSIBIRSK is currently ranked third in its group of the Russian Superleague having won three matches out of the four played so far. On the other hand, BERLIN is also on full swing after opening the Bundesliga with two wins over VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN (3:1) and Generali UNTERHACHING (3:2), Germany’s other representatives in the Champions League.
“We will cross our ways with a very strong opponent and every single home match is extremely important for us as well as for our supporters” says head coach Andrey Voronkov.
“We look forward to hosting the other teams assigned to our group and we’ll be doing our best to score three home wins” adds setter Alexander Butko, a gold medalist from the 2012 Olympics in London. “The support of our fans will add extra motivation and we are confident that we can enjoy a good start”.