Hypo Tirol has high hopes for their European debut
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men
Innsbruck, Austria, October 21, 2013. Austria’s Hypo Tirol INNSBRUCK will start on Wednesday their campaign in the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League as they host Romania’s champions Tomis CONSTANTA at the Olympic stadium.
Austria’s vice champions are once more starring in Europe’s elite club competition after they received a wild-card and were assigned by the DOL to a preliminary group featuring – apart from Tomis CONSTANTA – also the likes of Turkey’s Halkbank ANKARA and JASTRZEBSKI Wegiel of Poland.
After coping with injuries in the lead up to their debut, Hypo Tirol signed Czech middle blocker Michal Rak and the roster was finally completed.
If Hypo Tirol wants to finish third in the pool so as to move to the Challenge Round of the CEV Volleyball Cup, the Austrians need to perform well in their home matches and also to seize the night on Wednesday as they play Tomis CONSTANTA.
Team captain Alexander Berger knows and understands this is going to be a tough challenge though the unique settings provided by the Olympic stadium will provide extra motivation for the home players: “We are all really motivated to go into our first match and we know that the outcome of our campaign will be chiefly depending on this. If we want to make it to the next round we need to win our home matches. Our home court advantage has slipped away a little bit by moving to the Olympic stadium, but I hope we can have enough practice time to get the right feelings. Of course we are also hoping for a full hall and lots of our fans to turn into our seventh player”.
Head coach Stefan Chrtiansky adds: “We are ready for the start and are looking forward to our first match at home against CONSTANTA. If we want to stand a chance to continue our European campaign at the end of the prelims, we have to win. We know the strength of Tomis, a team with a lot of very experienced players. It will not be easy at all, but at home we want to win.”
The team is well prepared for the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League and the atmosphere in the group is very positive, since Hypo Tirol scored four straight victories in their national league and currently tops the charts with an unblemished record. Knowing that the level of play in the Champions League is the highest in the world, the Tyroleans are satisfied with their start into the season and also understand that in the match against Tomis CONSTANTA both teams are starting this campaign from scratch.