URBINO remains well-motivated for next rounds even after sloppy start
2013 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Women
Urbino, Italy, November 9, 2012. After debuting in the European Cups a couple of years ago – with a memorable campaign that ended with the local side claiming the CEV Cup in front of the home audience by edging Russia’s Dinamo KRASNODAR on April 3, 2011 – Robur Tiboni URBINO is participating this year in the CEV Volleyball Champions League, the most elitist among Europe’s club competitions.
However, the start of this campaign was not blessed with success as URBINO lost in the first round of action for Pool E to Romania’s 2004 Tomis CONSTANTA before being downed last week in straight sets by Dinamo KAZAN of Russia. Actually team captain Lucia Crisanti got seriously injured right before the start of the season, libero Stacy Sykora is struggling with some physical problems and hence to get back on track after a sloppy start also in the national league the club has signed Croatian middle blocker Iljana Dugandzic and another libero, Antonietta Vallese.
“Our club is still young in international competitions but we already made history two years ago by winning the CEV Cup” recalls President Gian Carlo Sacchi. “We are evidently proud of the wild-card we received to join the CEV Volleyball Champions League, a competition that carries also a series of organizational challenges. We are playing some of the best teams in Europe and our goal is simply to display our best. I wish our players and coaching staff the very best for the remainder of this adventure, hoping that the next rounds will contribute great moments also to our fans”.
The city of Urbino – with a population of only 15’000 people – is well-known for its passion for Volleyball with 800 up to 1’000 supporters regularly attending the home matches of the local heroines. Some 60 fans traveled this weekend to Bergamo for a match of the national league while many more offered their help to set up the sports hall in order to host SCHWERINER SC for the third leg of action in Pool E of the 2013 CEV Volleyball Champions League coming up this Tuesday. They will be as passionate and colorful as usual in order to help the local players claim their first CL win in history.