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24/10/2013 18:33
TOURS VB routs Bulgarian champions in straight sets
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men

Samokov, Bulgaria, October 24, 2013. France’s TOURS VB started their campaign in the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League with a straight victory (25-23, 25-21, and 25-23) over Bulgaria’s champions Marek Union-Ivkoni DUPNITSA. Home mentor Nayden Naydenov said his team is very young and too inexperienced to stand that kind of opponents and so it made a lot of mistakes. On the other hand, TOURS VB head coach Mauricio Paes stressed the importance of this victory for his side.
The start of the match was very close with a neck-to-neck race; Marek Union-Ivkoni got the slimmest margin at the first technical time-out (8:7) after exploiting a serving error by David Smith. However, TOURS VB responded by pocketing three points in a row to turn the tables around (10:8) thereby forcing home coach Nayden Naydenov into a time-out. TOURS VB still had a four-point lead at the second technical time-out before DUPNITSA stormed back to provide a very close final rush. However, the Bulgarians paved the way with gold for their opponents as their mistakes significantly helped TOURS VB seal the final 25-23.

TOURS VB started out strong in the second set (8:5) with Marek Union-Ivkoni still too faulty to keep close contact in the score. After a serving error by home hero Venelin Kadankov, TOURS VB called for the second mandatory stop with a comfortable lead (16:12) and easily controlled the game up to the end (25-21).

Marek Union-Ivkoni finally found their way into the game opening set 3 with a 3:0 break to see their opponents’ mentor Mauricio Paes call for a time-out. DUPNITSA was still up by one point at the first technical time-out and the second mandatory stop was called by an ace of home captain Gjorgi Gjorgiev. Though they had set the pace for most of the set, Marek Union-Ivkoni could not capitalize on their lead and right by the time it counted the most, TOURS VB fought back and won the set 25-23 and the game in straight sets.

TOURS VB team captain David Konecny top scored with 17 points while Kadankov and Zlatan Yordanov tallied 9 apiece for DUPNITSA.  

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