Knack ROESELARE comes back after slow start to celebrate home win
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men
Roeselare, Belgium, October 22, 2013. As they prolonged their rivalry from last year’s edition of the CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League, Knack ROESELARE beat VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN of Germany 3:1 (20-25, 31-29, 25-17, and 25-23) to start their campaign in pool G with the result they were longing for.
VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN started out strong especially with their service and Knack could not really stand that pressure. Wing-spiker Valentin Bratoev was VfB best scorer in the early phases of the game while Viktor Yosifov blocked home star Hendrik Tuerlinckx for the 8:3. With Frenchman Baptiste Geiler standing behind the serving line, VfB opened their lead up to 15:6 and although the home heroes of Knack attempted a comeback, it was already too late to prevent VfB from winning the first set (20-25).
VfB showed that same momentum also in the opening of the second set (8:4) but helped by their Finnish setter Eemi Tervaportti – who used all options in attack – Knack was able to keep the score relatively tight (12:9 and 13:10 for VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN). Tuerlinckx and Gertjan Claes finally found their way into the game and they reduced the gap to a minimum (16:17) shortly after the second technical time-out. There was some extra time as a dramatic final rush drew to a close only at 31-29 for Knack with Tuerlinckx cashing a sixth set ball after his side had already missed out on five opportunities to go for the 1:1 in sets.
VfB blocked Tuerlinckx and Claes to open the third set with a 4:1 run; this time, nevertheless, Knack responded quite quickly and drew level at 7 all with Joppe Paulides. As Geiler looked very shaky in reception, Tervaportti moved the score up to 16:11 for the home side; VfB changed their setter with Nikola Jovovic replacing Jan Zimmermann but by this moment Knack controlled the game with a very solid performance in every fundamental that resulted into the final 25-17.
A yellow card for VfB coach Stelian Moculescu marked the start of the fourth set while Knack libero Stijn Dejonckheere got injured as he was trying to catch the ball and collided with the advertising boards. He was replaced by 18-year old Lowie Stuer who made his debut with Knack. The score was very close at both technical time-outs and at this stage VfB decided to use their veteran Ventceslav Simeonov. Simeonov and Tuerlinckx engaged in a very interesting duel but Knack could have the upper hand in the end for a well-deserved 3:1 victory (25-23).
Tuerlinckx and Bratoev top scored for Knack and VfB as they registered 23 points apiece.
“We found some unexpected solutions during this game. Their first tempo did not work as they wished and we could organize our block accordingly” said Knack head coach Emile Rousseaux after the game. “Tervaportti had an excellent serving turn in the third set and this way he secured the gap that we kept until the end. It was a close game but I think we deserved this victory”.
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