With away win in Baku Eczacibasi makes it five in a row
2013 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Women
Baku, Azerbaijan, December 5, 2012. Turkey’s Eczacibasi VitrA ISTANBUL scored its fifth consecutive win in the prelims of the 2013 CEV Volleyball Champions League by edging the hosts of Azerrail BAKU with the score of 3:1 (23-25, 25-21, 25-16, and 25-21). With this result Eczacibasi keeps an immaculate record of five wins in as many matches and has pocketed the first place in Pool D at the end of the League Round. On the other hand, Azerrail sits in second place with 7 points and will have to resist to the comeback of Poland’s Tauron MKS DABROWA GORNICZA – currently third with 6 – to make it to the Playoffs 12.
The first set did not start well for the home heroines who trailed already by the first technical time-out (7:8) before some good serving provided by Neslihan Darnel widened the gap (11:14). Still, the hosts stormed back to move to the front by the second mandatory stop (16:15) and could bring it home by resisting to the attacks of Eczacibasi with a series of excellent blocks (25-23). The score remained very close all the way through in the second set but Eczacibasi could take a small lead after the second technical time-out and eventually went for the 1:1 (25-21).
After that, the guests from Turkey literally dominated the scene opening set 3 with a terrific 8:2 and playing with great confidence up to the end (25-16). A similar story followed in the fourth set where Eczacibasi could seal the final 3:1 (25-21) to stay unbeaten in the prelims of Europe’s most elitist competition.
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