Eczacibasi has to fight hard but eventually scores fourth consecutive win
2013 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Women
Istanbul, Turkey, November 22, 2012. Eczacibasi VitrA ISTANBUL edged once more – for the second time in about one week – Germany’s DRESDNER SC, but this time had to fight very hard to eventually cruise past at the tie-break (23-25, 25-18, 23-25, 25-22, and 15-12) and keep an immaculate record of four wins in as many matches played so far in Pool D of the 2013 CEV Volleyball Champions League – Women. Eczacibasi tops the charts of the group with 11 points and is already qualified for the Playoffs 12 even with two rounds still to go.
The first set was marked by continuous turnarounds, with Eczacibasi VitrA going up 8:6 at the first technical time-out, before a series of good serves contributed by Robin de Kruijf flipped the charts around (11:13). Neslihan Darnel got her side back on track (15:14) but the score remained very tight up to the end, with DRESDNER SC eventually going for the provisional 0:1 (23-25) helped by an outstanding performance of de Kruijf who scored 9 points all alone in this set.
As Eczacibasi was trailing down 3:6 early in set 2, starting setter Asuman Karakoyun was replaced by Özge Cemberci Kirdar. This change helped Eczacibasi fight back to 6 all and move ahead by the first technical time-out (8:6). Lioubov Shashkova was the one that anchored the home side (11:7) and with Neslihan Darnel as usually outstanding from the serving line, the local heroines got a margin of four by the second mandatory stop (16:12). Darnel shook the German defense once more (18:12) and this break paved the way for the provisional 1:1.
Eczacibasi caught an excellent start in set 3 (6:2, 8:3) anchored once more by Darnel and even a couple of time-outs asked by German head coach Alexander Waibl could not help DRESDNER SC fight their way back. This eventually happened in combination with the second technical time-out and similarly to what had occurred in the first set, DRESDNER SC was very solid down the final stretch (23-25) claiming the provisional 1:2.
Eczacibasi stormed out to a flying start in set 4 (8:3) and kept control of the operations (16:11) also later on; this time, even though they attempted it, DRESDNER SC could not compensate for that early break with Eczacibasi going up 22:16. Still DRESDNER SC reacted once more to make it to -1 (23:22) before two mistakes by the Germans helped Eczacibasi call for the tie-break (25-23).
The last and deciding set was a real battle at the beginning (5:5) before Eczacibasi got up 9:5 and 11:7; some attacks killed by de Kruijf could reduce the gap (14:12) but it was Maja Poljak that sealed it for the home side for a hard-fought 3:2 win (15-12).
Eczacibasi team captain Esra Gümüs paced the home side with 20 points while de Kruijf scored 16 for DRESDNER SC.
“I am not satisfied with the way we played tonight but at least this win guarantees us as spot in the Playoffs 12” said Eczacibasi head coach Lorenzo Micelli. “I have to congratulate the players and also the coaching staff of DRESDNER SC on their great performance. It was anyway important that we could prolong our winning streak”.
“We knew that the match was not going to be as easy as the one we had played in Germany. It is also our responsibility because we made a lot of mistakes and lost points. Anyway, we have to reset and concentrate on the next matches” concluded captain and top scorer Esra Gümüs.
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