Rookie Posojilnica is a good match for Italian standout MACERATA
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men
Klagenfurt, Austria, October 30, 2013. Austria’s rookie Posojilnica AICH/DOB could live up to the expectations of 1,600 fans in attendance at the Sportpark in Klagenfurt as they played a very good game and showed some good resistance while crossing their ways with Italy’s Volleyball heavyweight Lube Banca Marche MACERATA. The guests from Italy won there in straight sets (25-20, 25-19, and 25-17) but it was nevertheless a night to remember as the CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League stopped for the first time in Klagenfurt.
The start of the match was thrilling with a very close race; the hosts were playing with glowing hearts but MACERATA could exploit every single error made by AICH/DOB. Though their margin was not that big the Italians could keep it up to the very end, pocketing the first set with the score of 25-20. MACERATA started out very strong in the second set (4:0) and Posojilnica head coach Johan Verstappen tried to stop that storm by asking for a time-out. It did help but just a bit as Lube Banca Marche MACERATA confidently set the pace of the game at the second technical time-out (16:9) and continued to play superb Volleyball to cruise to the final 25-19. As they were struggling in reception, the hosts of AICH/DOB trailed 4:8 in the early phases of the third set but they were able to fight their way back to even the score at 14 all. MACERATA got a very slim margin as the second technical time-out was called (16:14) and this was instrumental to their straight victory in the end (25-17). All in all Posojilnica delivered a strong performance but still it was not enough to stop the run of their decorated opponents whose roster includes five medalists from the 2013 CEV VELUX EuroVolley.
“The first set was very tough for my team since AICH/DOB played excellent Volleyball” commented MACERATA head coach Alberto Giuliani after the game. “However, we gradually found our rhythm and they helped us with their mistakes whose amount increased dramatically in the second and third sets.”
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