ACH Volley seeks first points against Bulgarian champions
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men
Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 28, 2013. Slovenia’s ACH Volley LJUBLJANA will play Bulgarian champions Marek Union-Ivkoni DUPNITSA in the first home match of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League on Tuesday. This will be the first time these teams cross their ways in Europe’s elite club competition.
The Bulgarian team had to concede defeat to TOURS VB in the first leg (23-25, 21-25, and 23-25), while ACH Volley LJUBLJANA fought bravely, but also lost to Copra Elior PIACENZA of Italy (1:3; 18-25, 26-24, 14-25, and 23-25), and will be looking for its first points in this season. Marek Union-Ivkoni DUPNITSA has only one foreign player in its roster, Macedonian Gjorgi Gjorgiev, who is also the team captain.
Head coach Nayden Naydenov has a very young team as the oldest player is only 26 years old. “My team is very young and our main goal is to play good and to give our best at every match. ACH Volley LJUBLJANA is a good team; I have seen how they played their previous match. I want my players to play for themselves and learn from this experience.”
The head coach of ACH Volley LJUBLJANA Luka Slabe (pictured) on the other hand explained the Bulgarian team had very tall players, especially the middle blockers and the opposite, as well as good and aggressive wing-spikers. “This means we will have to be focused throughout the entire match. I anticipate a tough and exciting match.”
Andrej Flajs, captain of ACH Volley LJUBLJANA, emphasized it will be difficult to prepare for the Bulgarian team, because it is hard to acquire information about their players. “We analyzed our match in Piacenza and we know where we can improve. Since the Bulgarian team has tall players, we will have to be aggressive with the serve and be patient in our attacking. We count on strong support from our local fans to win the first three points this season.”