BUDVA upsets thousands of Polish fans with away victory in Rzeszow
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men
Rzeszow, Poland, October 30, 2013. Budvanska Rivijera BUDVA caused a sensation on Wednesday night as the team from Montenegro edged Poland’s champions Asseco Resovia RZESZOW in the second round of play for the prelims of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League. The guests from Montenegro dissipated a 2:0 lead but eventually had the upper hand at the tie-break (25-23, 28-26, 23-25, 20-25, and 15-12) to shock thousands of Resovia fans in attendance at the Podpromie sports hall.
BUDVA caught a good start (8:7) and widened the gap by the second technical time-out of the opening set (16:13); the home guys of Asseco Resovia fought their way back but could not compensate for that gap (22:20) and BUDVA cashed the provisional 1:0 (25-23) with their opposite Aleksandar Minic standing out in offense. The second set was a very close affair up to 20 all before Minic and Marko Bojic scored a few points right by the time it counted the most (23:20); Resovia was once more able to claw back and drew the score at 24 all before the block of BUDVA sealed the final 28-26 and 2:0.
Both teams made many mistakes in the third set but Resovia showed good play in the final phases to call for the fourth set (25-23). Peter Veres and Grzegorz Kosok were the players who anchored the home heroes there with their spikes and blocks respectively (5:0) and Resovia controlled the game up to the very end (25-20). The tie-break was a real drama where the local fans stood on their feet before BUDVA showed great composure and kept cool to go for the 15-12 that sealed their final and rather unexpected 3:2 victory.
“This is a big result for us and not just for the two points we were able to claim tonight” said Budvanska Rivijera head coach Sinisa Reljic. “This result means a lot to us because we showed a good performance and we beat one of the strongest teams in this competition”.
“I would like to congratulate BUDVA on this victory” said Resovia mentor Andrzej Kowal. “We did not pressure our opponents tonight and we need to work hard because our position in this group is not that good at the moment. However, this is sport and everything can still happen with four more rounds to go”.
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