DRESDNER SC celebrates great home win as Azerrail qualifies for Playoffs 12
2013 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Women
Dresden, Germany, December 11, 2012. Even though they were already out of contention for a spot in the Playoffs 12 as well as in the Challenge Round of the CEV Cup, DRESDNER SC concluded its European adventure with a splendid 3:1 home win (26-24, 25-23, 15-25, and 25-22) to edge Azerrail BAKU in the last round of prelim action for Pool D. As their direct competitor Tauron MKS DABROWA GORNICZA had lost earlier in the afternoon in Istanbul to Eczacibasi VitrA, Azerrail was already sure to finish second in the group and to move to the next stage of the competition.
Supported by more than 2’000 fans, the hosts caught a good start going up 8:3 and 16:13 in the first set; Azerrail fought its way back flipping the charts around (21:22) but a mistake committed by Dutch star Manon Flier eventually paved the way for the final 26-24 in favor of the local heroines. The second set looked like a relatively easy task for DRESDNER SC that headed into the final rush with a margin of five (23:18) before BAKU stormed back to draw level at 23 all. Still Judith Pietersen scored the next point and another error by Azerrail contributed the 2:0 for the home side. Azerrail got back on track in set 3 showing a very good performance to re-open the fate of the game before the fourth set turned into an incredible fight. DRESDNER SC got to the front (15:12) but had some problems in reception so Azerrail turned the score around going up by five (17:22). It was not yet the end as DRESDNER SC scored 8 consecutive points and could celebrate a great home win as youngster Lisa Izquierdo cashed the last point after 102 minutes.
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