KAZAN takes on Austrian rookie to continue their comeback
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men
November 4, 2013. Last week Zenit KAZAN defeated Lokomotiv NOVOSIBIRSK (3:1) in
the so-called “clash of titans”. On Wednesday, the bronze medallist from the
last edition will try to prolong their winning streak as they host Austrian
rookie Posojilnica AICH/DOB for the third round of action in the prelims of the
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Men.
There was another opponent
from Austria that Zenit KAZAN got to test last year. The team of Vladimir
Alekno twice routed Hypo Tirol INNSBRUCK 3:0. Perhaps, the club from the Federal
State of Carinthia will manage to do better than their compatriots who failed
to withstand Posojilnica AICH/DOB and lost the Championship series in the
Austrian national league last year.
The debut of
Posojilnica AICH/DOB in the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League
turned out to be far from the best – two 0:3 defeats. But the team led by head coach
Johan Verstappen does not lapse into despair. Last weekend Posojilnica AICH/DOB
outplayed 3:1 Hungarian club Gorter KECSKEMETI in the Middle European League.
Zenit KAZAN has
claimed two straights wins at the outset of the Russian Superleague. On
Saturday, the team from the capital of Tatarstan beat Prikamie PERM 3:0 in an
away match. Maxim Mikhailov became the top scorer for the side mentored by
“The victory over
Lokomotiv gave us a powerful emotional energy boost. All the guys have realized
that we can and we know how to beat good teams. In the match against Prikamie,
we played well in defence and scored a lot of important points with the serves
by Mikhailov and Matthew Anderson. I am glad that we are developing this way and
we have started to win”, says Zenit KAZAN setter Nikola Grbic.
Zenit KAZAN is still
experiencing problems due to numerous injuries suffered by its players.
Alexander Volkov, Alexey Verbov and Alexander Abrosimov are all undergoing