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05/11/2013 22:12
Belogorie BELGOROD proves too strong for brave Czech champions VK OSTRAVA
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men

Ostrava, Czech Republic, November 5, 2013. Russia’s giants Belogorie BELGOROD claimed on Tuesday their third consecutive victory in the prelims of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Men by routing Czech champions VK OSTRAVA in straight sets (25-19, 29-27, and 25-18) to keep an immaculate record so far in the competition.
Belogorie was actually missing their Italian setter Dragan Travica who had fallen ill but even with their second setter Sergey Bagrey the Russian heavyweights could deliver a great performance. They served strong and their attacks were impressive as well; however, VK OSTRAVA put up a good fight and battled for every point, getting the lead a few times in the opening set. After the score was drawn at 15 all, Belogorie broke away (15:19) and finished the set without problems (19-25).
“The change of our setter was not a major problem because we have a very balanced group. Bagrey found the right tempo not only with Maksim Zhigalov but also with Georg Grozer and this was very important tonight” said the coach of Belogorie, Boriss Kolcins, after the game.  

VK OSTRAVA caught a very good start in the second set and widened their lead up to four points as the home heroes showed great blocks (13:9). The home team was doing their best to try to compensate for the physical gap with the Russian giants and with good defense they were able to score many points. However, Belogorie BELGOROD started to claw back on a serving turn by Alexander Kosarev and made it 21:18 in their favor; however, it was not enough to wrap it up as VK OSTRAVA even had a couple of set balls before Dmitriy Muserskiy anchored Belogorie to the final 27-29.
“I was sure that we were going to win the set; all matches in this competition are very difficult but we have a very strong team and we know how to deal with this kind of situations” said the team captain of Belogorie, Alexander Kosarev, after the match.  

The home team did not give in even in the third set as they wanted to achieve their goal to take at least one set from this match. They set the pace of the game (9:7) but BELGOROD flipped the charts around already by the second technical time-out (12:16) and won the third set easily.
“Even though we lost the game in straight sets I am really satisfied with our performance tonight” said VK OSTRAVA head coach Zdenek Smejkal. “My players fought all the way through the end of the game but BELGOROD had an outstanding Muserskiy on their side and we simply could not find a way to stop him” he concluded.

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