ACH Volley LJUBLJANA scores first three points this year
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men
Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 29, 2013. On Tuesday ACH Volley LJUBLJANA scored their first three points in the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League after winning the second leg match against Bulgarian champion Marek Union-Ivkoni DUPNITSA 3:0 (27-25, 25-18, and 25-17).
The Bulgarian team started the match better and went 6:2 ahead as the home team had problems finishing the attacks and made unforced service errors. After the first technical time-out the hosts improved their game and were in the lead for the first time at 10:9. ACH Volley increased its lead to 16:12, but this wasn’t enough to secure the set as the guests bounced back, also via the many mistakes by ACH Volley players. In the end, ACH Volley prevailed and won the set 27-25 through excellent attacking by the best scorer of the match, Andjelko Ćuk.
The two teams were tied in the second set as well, all through to the second technical time-out (16:14). After that Marek Union-Ivkoni made more unforced errors, and was able to score only 18 points in the end. ACH Volley’s serving and setting improved and enabled the hosts an easy conclusion of the set.
The home team continued to play good in the third set as well and was up by several points early in the set, 13:5. However, the guests from Bulgaria did not give up and closed to 13:9 before home opposite Andjelko Ćuk stepped on the scene and scored several consecutive points for the 16:10 thereby paving the way for the final 25-17.
Luka Slabe, head coach of ACH Volley LJUBLJANA, was satisfied with the victory “and with the match as well. I am not quite satisfied with our serving in the first two sets” he said.
Andrej Flajs, captain of ACH Volley LJUBLJANA: “We knew that Marek has a young team and our main goal was to exert pressure with strong serves. We weren’t able to do this in the first set, but got better at it in the next two.”
Nayden Naydenov, head coach of Marek Union-Ivkoni DUPNITSA: “I am not satisfied as we lost 3:0, but I have to congratulate the home team for playing a good match. We had our chance in the first set, but we could not exploit it. The main difference was that ACH Volley didn’t make as many mistakes as we did, they were more organized.”
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