Dinamo Romprest claims first historic home win
2013 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Women
Bucuresti, Romania, December 5, 2012. It finally happened as on Wednesday Romania’s Dinamo Romprest BUCURESTI claimed its first home win in the CEV Volleyball Champions League. After causing a sensation a few weeks ago edging Galatasaray Daikin in Istanbul, this time the home heroines cruised past France’s ASPTT MULHOUSE with the score of 3:1 (23-25, 25-14, 25-20, and 25-13) and via this result Dinamo will most probably continue its European campaign in the Challenge Round of the CEV Volleyball Cup.
ASPTT MULHOUSE caught an excellent start especially via the contribution of their middle-blockers, Iuliia Ferulik and Alina Ilie (Albu), going up 10:5 in the first set; with the help resulting from the attacks killed by Anna Rybaczewski and Tatjana Bokan, ASPTT MULHOUSE widened the gap (16:10). Dinamo stormed back with Ivana Zburova (21:16) and eventually drew level at 23 via the attacks of Ana-Maria Stefan and Regan Hood. Still, the hosts could not finalize their comeback as an attack by Ferulik and a mistake committed by Hood contributed the final 25-23 for ASPTT MULHOUSE.
However, Dinamo did not lose composure and dictated the pace of the game in the second set going up 16:8 to wrap it up with a massive 25-14, with Hood standing out in attack and captain Alida Marcovici helping out with her blocks. A similar story unfolded in set 3 where Hood and once again Marcovici paced Dinamo (8:6, 16:8) and this time it was Stefan that sealed it at 25-20 for the provisional 2:1. That show of the home side continued also in set 4 where Dinamo cruised to the front right from the start (11:5), showing great skills in offense with Hood and Stefan, eventually going for a terrific 25-13 to claim its first historic home win in Europe’s most elitist competition.
“We caught a perfect start but we lacked consistency in our serve, so in the next three sets we did not have the right power to stand the attacks of Dinamo and their block was simply perfect” says the Romanian player of ASPTT MULHOUSE, Alina Ilie.
“We really wanted to take three points from this game and we eventually turned it into reality” adds Dinamo head coach Branko Kovacevic. “We played very solid in defense but our block and serve helped us tonight too”.
Ana-Maria Stefan and Regan Hood top scored for Dinamo with 21 points apiece while Tatjana Bokan paced ASPTT MULHOUSE with 16.
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