Knack ROESELARE keeps on rolling with third consecutive victory
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Men
Roeselare, Belgium, November 5, 2013. Knack ROESELARE emulated Halkbank ANKARA, Belogorie BELGOROD and TOURS VB on Tuesday to also claim their third consecutive victory in the prelims of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Men. The players around head coach Emile Rousseaux beat Poland’s Zaksa KEDZIERZYN-KOZLE 3:1 (25-22, 20-25, 25-20, and 25-23) to top the charts in Pool G with nine points after three rounds.
As both teams had a record of two wins so far in the competition, the leadership in Pool G was at stake tonight at the Schiervelde sports hall. The score was initially very close (8:6, 12:12) before middle-blocker Joppe Paulides and opposite Hendrik Tuerlinckx opened the gap for Knack (16:12). The home side showed great actions in defense to widen their lead (18:13) and with Tuerlinckx as well as Ruben Van Hirtum in great shape, they eventually finished their job at 25-22.
Zaksa started the second set with a very good pace (6:8) as they were anchored by their young opposite Grzegorz Bociek; Knack fought bravely to restore the balance at 10 all but their guests showed their value as Michal Ruciak and Dick Kooy helped last year’s fourth-ranked team make it 11:16 at the second technical time-out. Zaksa then controlled the game up to the final 20-25 which was sealed by Dutchman Dick Kooy.
The opening phases of the third set did see the teams engage in a neck-to-neck race (8:7) before Kooy and Marcin Mozdzonek killed a series of blocks to make it 10:14 for the guests. However, on a great serving turn by Pieter Coolman, Knack flipped the tables around (16:15) and the home team continued to pressure their opponents (20:18). With two blocks on Kooy, Knack made it to 24:19 and they eventually cashed their second set ball on a serving error by their rivals (25-20).
In the fourth set Zaksa changed their opposite with Dominik Witczak replacing Bociek but even though they were able to lead by a very close margin at the technical time-outs (7:8, 14:16), after Van Hirtum was sent in for Matthijs Verhanneman, Knack got back on track (19:16); as the support of the home crowd was getting louder and louder, Tuerlinckx took his side by the hand and sealed the final 25-23 for a memorable 3:1 victory.
“My players keep surprising me” said Knack mentor Emile Rousseaux. “It is my job to prepare the game as good as possible from a tactical point of view but my players eventually decide about the outcome of the match. They did a great job tonight and I am very proud of them.”
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