JASTRZEBSKI delights 2,000 home fans with straight victory over Hypo Tirol
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men
Jastrzębie-Zdrój, Poland, October 29, 2013. JASTRZEBSKI Wegiel lived up to the high expectations of the local fans and in their home debut in the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League easily routed Austria’s vice-champions Hypo Tirol INNSBRUCK in straight sets (25-23, 25-22, and 25-20) to get back on track after last week’s defeat to Turkey’s Halkbank ANKARA.
More than 2,000 people came to see the debut of the home heroes in the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League and they weren’t disappointed. JASTRZEBSKI Wegiel started out in a nice way. Dutch middle-blocker Rob Bontje and Canadian wing-spiker Thomas Jarmoc were the best scorers in the early phases of the game. In a short period of time the head coach of the Tyroleans Stefan Chrtiansky had to take two time-outs for his team while the home side had broken away in the score (11:7 and 13:7). As Michal Lasko blocked Latvian Janis Peda the score moved up to 16:10 for the local guys. Strong serve by Tamas Kaszap allowed the Tyroleans to reduce the gap to three points (17:14). In the final stages of the set the Austrian team responded even better. They managed to make up the deficit from 23:19 to 24:23, but the last ball belonged to Michal Kubiak who sealed the final 25-23.
The visitors came out strong at the beginning of the second set as their opposite Ronald Jimenez served very well. They led at the first technical time-out 8:7. In the next phases of the set it was a very close game and neither team could stretch their lead to more than one point. Alen Pajenk’s efficiency in attack and Janis Peda’s mistake in this fundamental changed this situation. At the second technical time-out the score stood at 16:14 for the home side. Austria’s vice-champions were able to even the score once more (20:20), but much like in the first set Kubiak blew up their hopes to go for the 1:1 (25-22).
In the third set the score was very close till the second technical time-out. Both sides delighted the audience with spectacular actions in defense. The local fans also found their fire and cheered their team to a 25-20 set win for the final 3:0.
Michal Lasko and Alexander Berger top scored for JASTRZEBSKI and Hypo Tirol as they registered 14 and 13 points respectively.
“It is a very important win for us. Another important thing is that we didn’t lose any set. We want to fight for the first place in the group” said the head coach of JASTRZEBSKI Wegiel Lorenzo Bernardi.
“Of course we are glad that we won this match. This match showed that today there are no easy games in Volleyball at this level” said team captain Michal Lasko.
“We did a good job. The main difference was in the final phases of the sets when we made too many mistakes. We must work on it” said the team captain of the Tyroleans Alexander Berger.
“Our goal for this match was to improve our performance in comparison with the first match against Tomis CONSTANTA. And we achieved this. We played much better than we had done last week. JASTRZEBSKI Wegiel showed their class in the last section of each set” concluded the head coach of Hypo Tirol, Stefan Chrtiansky.
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