TOURS VB makes it three in a row in Ljubljana
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men
Ljubljana, Slovenia, November 5, 2013. ACH Volley LJUBLJANA had to admit defeat to France’s TOURS VB 1:3 (25-23, 26-28, 21-25, and 17-25) in the third leg of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Men despite putting up a brave fight in front of the home supporters. With this result TOURS VB keeps the leadership in Pool A after three rounds with an unblemished record of three wins in as many matches.
The home team started without fear and quickly went ahead a couple of points, but the guests bounced back and went in the lead through excellent serves and attacks by their captain David Konecny (pictured). They managed to hold onto the lead until the very end of the set before the score was drawn at 22 all. However, ACH Volley eventually clinched the set 25-23 through excellent serves and attacking by Gregor Ropret and Andrej Flajs.
The second set was a story of lost chances for ACH Volley. The home team started excellently and went up ahead early. They extended their lead to 23:19, but this wasn’t enough as TOURS VB came back fighting, also through great strategic changes by head coach Mauricio Paes who made three substitutions (Maxime Dillies, Kevin Klinkenberg and Nicholas Hoag) which paid off. The spectators in the Stožice hall witnessed a great performance by the two teams, long rallies, great attacking and excellent defense work. In the end, TOURS VB prevailed to equalize 1:1 (26-28).
After losing the second set, ACH Volley players started struggling with their game and allowed TOURS VB to build up a lead (6:8, 14:16). Although the orange dragons came back at the end of the set, it wasn’t enough to change the result (21-25).
The French team started the last set looking determined to end the match there, and although ACH Volley managed to equalize and made the French team fight for every point, they were unable to stop TOURS VB, carried by top scorer David Konecny (24 points in the end), on their way to win the fourth set and the match (17-25).
The head coach of ACH Volley Luka Slabe was disappointed with the missed chance. “We played very well in the first two sets, we were better at reception and attacking, and the lost second set does really hurt. I have to congratulate my players for fighting until the end of the match for every point. We will continue to fight for a spot in the Playoffs.”
David Konecny, captain of TOURS VB, said his teams had problems with their concentration at the beginning of the match: “But we knew soon that the second set was going to determine the outcome of the match and that we needed to win it. We came back because of our fighting spirit.”
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