Star-studded Belogorie claims second straight victory in Pool B
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Men
Piraeus, Greece, October 30, 2013. Greece’s Olympiacos PIRAEUS suffered a straight defeat to Russia’s heavyweight Belogorie BELGOROD on Wednesday in the second round of action for the prelims of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Men. Apart from the third set which was very close and where Olympiacos played at eye level with their guests, Belogorie dominated the scene to cash their second victory in Pool B (25-19, 25-21, and 27-25). Boyan Yordanov top scored for the home side with 13 points while Leonardo Caldeira and Milan Jurisic added 9 and 8 respectively to the count of Olympiacos. On the other side of the net Dmitriy Ilinykh finished the game with 20 for Belogorie while Georg Grozer and Sergey Tetyukhin registered 19 and 10.
Belogorie started the game playing very aggressive and by exploiting their terrific block moved up 8:6 at the first technical time-out; they had a margin of five points shortly afterwards (11:6) which forced Olympiacos head coach Dimitris Kazazis to ask a time-out. Even though Olympiacos played with glowing hearts, the supremacy of Belogorie was evident and the Russian team easily cashed the opening set (19-25).
The second set started much better for the home side as the Greek champions were up by two points at the first technical time-out (8:6). However, Belogorie was quick in flipping the charts around (9:11) but once more the home guys fought their way back (13:12) with Yordanov and Jurisic on fire. Belogorie got the lead back at the second technical time-out though by the slimmest margin and after that widened the gap (18:21) to bring it home at 21-25.
Trailing 0:2 Olympiacos stormed out to a 7:3 lead in the third set but Grozer’s serve paved the way for Belogorie to draw level at 7 all. Grozer’s great play was an additional booster for Belogorie that could control the game (14:16, 18:21) before Yordanov restored the balance once more for the home side. Olympiacos even had a set ball but it was Dmitriy Ilinykh who scored two crucial points to seal the final 3:0 victory for Belogorie (25-27).
“We could have earned something more from that game. We are not used to play at this high level, but my players fought very hard, and they deserved something more. We look forward to our next game on Wednesday against Noliko MAASEIK, which is an early final for us. We want our fans to come and to support us in the next game as well” said Olympiacos head coach Dimitris Kazazis after the game.
“It was a very important game for us. We do not like the taste of defeat, but the competition level is too high for us. We fought very hard in the third set. We could have won it and retained our hopes in the game. Unfortunately we couldn’t make it. We look forward to the next game against Noliko MAASEIK. We want the victory so we will make a huge step in our quest to qualify to the next round. I want to thank our fans for their support but I also want to apologize for making them sad tonight” said the captain of Olympiacos PIRAEUS, Kostas Christofidelis.
On the other hand, one of the MVPs of the game, Belogorie setter Dragan Travica said: “We played against a very strong team. Apart from the third set, we limited our turnovers, which lead us to a very crucial victory in a “hot” atmosphere such as Olympiacos PIRAEUS home ground. Our team was made to win domestic and European titles.”
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