Home win for Arkas IZMIR to stay in contention for Playoffs spot
2012 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Men
Izmir, Turkey, December 4, 2012. Arkas IZMIR provided some 3’000 fans that had got together at the “Ataturk Volleyball Hall” with an excellent match eventually completing a splendid Volleyball night by defeating CAI TERUEL of Spain 3:1 (25-19, 21-25, 25-20, and 25-23) in Pool F of the 2013 CEV Volleyball Champions League. This was a very good win to keep alive Arkas hope to make it to the Playoffs 12.
Actually the rhythm of the game was initially set by CAI TERUEL (6:8). After the first technical time-out of the game the home guys started to show good resistance (16:12). By the help of young rising star Burutay Subasi Arkas IZMIR eventually seized the set 25-19.
Arkas IZMIR caught a good start in the second set (4:0) but the Spanish guys were leading later in the set (6:8, 11:16). CAI TERUEL kept the pressure and won this section of the game 21-25. Arkas IZMIR didn't want to lose a point to keep its position and dream to qualify to the Playoffs and didn't give a chance to the Spanish team, going for the provisional 2:1 (25-20). The last section of the match was a big battle and both sides did their best to win the set. CAI TERUEL was leading the way (5-8, 15-16); however, via the help of middle blockers Adam Simac and Emin Gok Arkas IZMIR came back and won the set 25-23 and eventually the game 3-1.
“We played a team with a good block defense system of play” says head coach Glenn Hoag. “CAI TERUEL made many unforced errors in the first set and they missed many serves. In the second set we lost concentration and CAI TERUEL dictated the tempo of the game. Then we realized the importance of the game and overall it was a good win for us. Sometimes you have to win, not always with good quality. Our young player Burutay Subasi showed a lot of patience and helped us a lot in many aspects of the game. We need to learn from this game and be ready for the last round” he concludes.
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