Galatasaray too much to stand for ASPTT MULHOUSE
2013 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Women
Mulhouse, France, December 11, 2012. With 2'600 fans in attendance, the home heroines of ASPTT MULHOUSE showed some good Volleyball but finally were edged in straight sets (22-25, 13-25, and 18-25) by Pool C leader Galatasaray Daikin ISTANBUL of Turkey in the last round of the prelims. With this result the guests pocketed first place in the group while ASPTT MULHOUSE ended up its European campaign for this year.
Galatasaray set the pace of the game already by the first technical time-out of the opening set (6:8) with good blocks being killed by Özgenur Yurtdagülen and the guests gradually but confidently widened the gap with the help of their Cuban standout Rosir Calderon (12:16). However, ASPTT MULHOUSE did not surrender that quickly and anchored by their captain Anna Rybaczewski could fight back to -2 (16:18). Even though the score remained relatively tight, the supremacy of the guests was never in danger and they eventually pocketed the first set with the score of 22-25.
ASPTT MULHOUSE caught a good start in the second set (3:1) but Galatasaray did not waste too much time to impose its supremacy, once more via the attacks killed by Calderon (5:8). The local heroines were trailing by 10 points at the second mandatory stop (6:16) and even though a few points were contributed by Tatjana Bokan and Iuliia Ferulik, Galatasaray was in full control and did comfortably sail to the final 13-25.
Via the fighting spirit they are well known for, the home players stay tuned in the early phases of set 3 up to 6 all but gradually Galatasaray started dictating the tempo of the game (13:16, 14:18) with a very good performance in all fundamentals. MULHOUSE fought bravely (17:23) but it was Galatasaray that had again the upper hand in the end (18-25).
“We are disappointed and especially our block did not work properly tonight” says local captain Armelle Faesch. “We were playing a very strong team and we fought as much as we could but this task was too demanding for us” concludes home mentor Magali Magail.
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