Copra Elior PIACENZA happy with CL comeback
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men
Piacenza, Italy, October 23, 2013. The silver medalists from the 2008 edition and winners of the 2013 CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup, Italy’s Copra Elior PIACENZA, celebrated their return in Europe’s elite club competition, the CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League, with a 3:1 home victory over Slovenia’s ACH Volley LJUBLJANA (25-18, 24-26, 25-14, and 25-23). The home side was paced by four players who finished the game in double digits, with Alessandro Fei topping the charts with 17 points, followed by Hristo Zlatanov and Luca Vettori with 16 apiece and Robertlandy Simon with 13. Janko Bregant and Andrej Flajs paced ACH Volley with 13 and 12 respectively.
It was a good start for PIACENZA that showed its ability to bounce back after losing to PERUGIA this past weekend in the opening round of the national league. The first set started out with a very close race up to 13 all; with Fei, Zlatanov, Vettori, and Papi the hosts accelerated their pace after the second technical time-out and Fei wrapped it up at 25-18.
The second set followed a similar plot; after the score was close up to 13 all, LJUBLJANA was able to perform really strong and it was Jan Pokersnik who made it 1:1 (24-26) with an ace.
Copra Elior started the third set more determined and with Papi and Vettori on fire, the hosts could comfortably sail to the final 25-14.
The fourth set was more balanced but PIACENZA always had a small edge; still Bregant was able to re-open the game clawing back to 18 all before Vettori and 40-year old Samuele Papi took their side by the hand to finish it off at 25-23 for a 3:1 home victory.
“We did not play our best as we still aren’t in our best shape” commented home mentor Luca Monti. “However, we were able to win this game and we are happy with this. We have to work hard but for the time being we want to enjoy this victory”.
“Samuele Papi made our life really difficult but all of their players have a lot of experience” said ACH Volley head coach Luka Slabe. “I am satisfied because my players, though they are young, played well tonight and did so especially in reception. We have to improve our block and this is where PIACENZA also made the difference tonight”.
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