Czech champions VK OSTRAVA lose CL debut to Olympiacos
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men
Ostrava, Czech Republic, October 22, 2013. Greece’s Olympiacos PIRAEUS celebrated their comeback in Europe’s elite club competition, the CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League, with an away victory on Tuesday night as they edged hosts and rookies VK OSTRAVA of the Czech Republic 3:1 (22-25, 25-22, 25-22, and 25-20).
Actually the hosts of VK OSTRAVA – at their debut in the competition – were able to pocket the opening set even though they almost had dissipated their early lead there. This happened because the home guys did not expect Olympiacos could block with so much power and quality. However, with a good serving turn by Richard Mauler, VK OSTRAVA could bring it home after getting back control of the game (25-22).
However, their reception was no longer that stable in the second set and this resulted also in a lack of efficiency in offense. “The start was good but after that we made too many mistakes. Our rivals changed their setter and this guy played much better. Their win in the second set paved the way for their overall victory tonight” said VK OSTRAVA head coach Zdenek Smejkal after the game.
Olympiacos mentor Dimitrios Kazazis agrees with the thoughts shared by his Czech colleague: “I think that the performance delivered by our opposite Boyan Yordanov helped us win tonight”.
Olympiacos quickly pocketed a 4-point lead also in the third set and though VK OSTRAVA could claw back and draw level at 20 all still the very last rallies were easily controlled by the guests. The teams fought bravely for every single point in the fourth set but once more VK OSTRAVA was sidelined by their poor performance in reception.
“It is a pity especially because I think that tonight we stood a chance to win this match” said VK OSTRAVA team captain Richard Mauler. “However, you could see that we are inexperienced and could not handle the situation as we started making too many mistakes”.
“It was not easy especially because we had a difficult journey to come to Ostrava. We were tired and we started the match very slowly” commented Olympiacos team captain Konstantinos Christofidelis. “It was a tough match and I am very happy that in the end we won”.
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