Belogorie routs Noliko to celebrate 100th European Cups victory
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men
Belgorod, Russia, October 23, 2013. Russia’s champions Belogorie BELGOROD “killed” Noliko MAASEIK of Belgium with their serve and downed their opponents in straight sets (25-22, 25-11, and 25-18) to score their 100th victory in the European Cups and celebrate a very promising start of their campaign in preliminary Pool B of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Men.
In the early phases of the match the hosts could not get used to Noliko’s playing style. The Belgian players were performing well in blocking and defense, and they even rushed forward (5:8, 9:13, and 15:20). Belogorie coaching staff had to substitute Dmitriy Ilinykh for Alexander Kosarev, before Dmitriy Muserskiy started “bombing” his opponents from the serving line. Alexander Bogomolov blocked twice Federico Pereyra and Jeffrey Menzel, and a double substitution of setter and opposite made by Belogorie head coach Gennadi Shipulin was made just in time to draw level at 21:21. The Belgian team around Italian-born head coach Vincenzo Di Pinto looked nervous and could not keep cool so that their mistakes paved the way with gold for Belogorie that cashed the first set with the score of 25-22.
At the start of the second set Muserskiy broke the game of the Belgians. The scoreboard showed 9:2 after four aces by the Russian giant. The guests could fight their way back (10:7) but after Sergey Tetyukhin started to serve, the home heroes – nicknamed the “Lions” in Russia – scored another 5 points in a row – 15:7. Dmitriy Ilinykh prolonged that show with another series of terrific serves to move the score up to 24:10 and the final 25-11 was sealed by a serving error of Federico Pereyra.
Belogorie dominated the scene also in the third set (25-18) with Muserskiy finishing the game with 15 points, including 7 aces, and he was also the one who killed the last point of the match as the offensive play of Belogorie was well orchestrated by their Italian setter Dragan Travica.
“It is always difficult to play teams like Noliko” commented Belogorie head coach Shipulin. “They always touch many balls with their block and this is exactly what they did tonight as well. This way they made things difficult for us but we could find the right tactics to get back control of the game and win”.
“Our start was not that good and not everything did run smoothly tonight” added Belogorie team captain Sergey Tetyukhin. “We were probably a little nervous and felt the pressure as the team was playing a Champions League game for the first time after a long break. However, as soon as we started pressuring with our serve, everything went just fine. Our serve was fast and powerful tonight” he said.
“Muserskiy was the player who had an impact on the final outcome of this game” said Noliko head coach Vincenzo Di Pinto. “His serve literally shook our players and after losing the first set we did not find our way back into the game”.
“I was happy to come back to Belgorod where I spent one season and still have some friends” said Noliko team captain Matias Raymaekers. “I was very pleased with the warm welcome I got from the fans here in Belgorod. However, that was the only positive thing for me today. We had come here to show a good performance but we just couldn’t. We were in the position to win the first set but we did not exploit this opportunity and after that we did not stand a chance in the second and third”.
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