TOURS VB contributes sensation of the night with home victory over PIACENZA
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men
Tours, France, October 30, 2013. France’s TOURS VB delighted their 2,800 home fans on Wednesday at the Robert Grenon sports hall as they quite surprisingly upset Italy’s standout Copra Elior PIACENZA to claim their second consecutive victory in the prelims of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Men. To follow on last week’s straight win in Bulgaria against Marek Union-Ivkoni DUPNITSA, TOURS VB this time edged the winners of the 2013 CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup at the tie-break (25-19, 27-29, 25-13, 22-25, and 15-10).
The start of the game was very tight (5:5) but TOURS VB got up by the first technical time-out as they were much helped by their captain and opposite David Konecny (8:5). Copra Elior did not show their best game and TOURS VB could comfortably take the opening set after setting the pace all the way (16:12, 23:18) to the final 25-19.
Copra Elior finally found back their best play in the second set (7:10) but their mistakes paved the way for a strong comeback by TOURS VB that drew level at 13 all. The match continued with a neck-to-neck race (18 all) before a couple of good serves by Nuno Pinheiro brought TOURS VB to the front (20:18). TOURS VB nevertheless could not capitalize on two set balls and they eventually lost the set 27-29.
TOURS VB opened the third set with a terrific 10:2 run and even though PIACENZA captain Hristo Zlatanov tried to fire up the members of his team, the hosts never looked back and easily brought it home with a terrific 25-13.
PIACENZA got back on track in the fourth set (5:7) whereas TOURS VB was struggling to display their quality (10:14); the Italians made the difference with their block (19:23) and could eventually call for the tie-break (22-25).
TOURS VB returned to perform strong there (5:1) and by exploiting many mistakes made by their opponents moved up 11:7 to complete a memorable Volleyball night with a 15-10 tie-break win.
“It was a big match tonight and we can be proud of what we did and achieved this evening” said an enthusiastic head coach of TOURS VB, Mauricio Paes.
“We made too many mistakes and we got angry and nervous; we could not find any balance and this defeat does not come as a surprise but we need to do a lot better in the next game” said the head coach of Copra Elior PIACENZA Luca Monti. The 21 points scored by Zlatanov – MVP of the match – were not enough for PIACENZA to seize the night in Tours.
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