Ukrainian ladies shock Italian rookie in CEV Cup
2013 CEV Volleyball Cup - Women
Piacenza, Italy, October 31, 2012. After losing last week 2:3 in Ukraine, the Italian rookies of Rebecchin.Meccanica PIACENZA cruised past their opponents of Kontynium VOLYN LUTSK in straight sets in the return match (25-20, 25-15, and 25-16) but eventually lost the deciding golden set (10-15) being hence eliminated from the 2013 CEV Volleyball Cup – Women.
The hosts, after a close start, immediately imposed their quality (10:6, 20:11) but a good reaction by the guests from Ukraine re-opened the set (22:18) forcing head coach Davide Mazzanti to ask for a time-out. LUTSK could cut the gap to three points but PIACENZA regained control of the game and wrapped it up at 25-20. Another close start followed in set 2 (4:4) but PIACENZA then moved the score to 9:4 and 12:6; the hosts easily controlled the operations (18:11) and could go for the provisional 2:0 (25-15).
Things did not change in set 3, 5:0 for PIACENZA that sped up to 18:8 and called for the golden set by seizing the final 25-16.
There LUTSK caught a good start going up 3:1 and 5:2, PIACENZA could no more close this gap and with a strenuous defense the Ukrainians could seal the final 15-10 that books their ticket for the 1/8 finals.