RC CANNES suffers home defeat to Russia's Uralochka-NTMK EKATERINBURG
2013 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Women
Cannes, France, October 24, 2012. Last year’s silver medalist RC CANNES suffered a quite surprising home defeat on Wednesday at “Palais des Victoires” for the first round of action in Pool A as the local heroines were edged by Russia’s Uralochka-NTMK EKATERINBURG 2:3 (25-20, 23-25, 20-25, 27-25, and 7-15).
The match started with a minute of silence observed to pay tribute to a volunteer and Volleyball passionate, Marie Dominique Viola, who had passed away this past May.
RC CANNES started out well and was often the leading force in the match, but many mistakes – especially in the second and third sets – helped Uralochka find their way into the game. The home side did not surrender and played a good fourth set but eventually was ousted in the deciding tie-break (7-15).
Brankica Mihajlovic top scored for RC CANNES with 22 points while Strashimira Filipova and Alexandra Pasynkova paced the Russian side with 19 apiece.