With away victory in Romania JASTRZEBSKI makes a step forward in battle for Playoffs spot
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men
Constanta, Romania, November 6, 2013. After losing last week to Turkey’s standout Halkbank ANKARA, Tomis CONSTANTA suffered their second setback at home in prelim Pool F of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League as on Wednesday they lost 1:3 to Poland’s JASTRZEBSKI Wegiel (25-22, 19-25, 15-25, and 20-25). There were more than 1,000 fans in attendance but in the end the guests from Poland had the upper hand to re-assert their ambition to make the Playoffs 12 of Europe’s elite club competition.
Actually Tomis caught a good start (8:5) but the guests drew level at 8 all and even flipped the charts around (9:10) in the early phases of the match. After a time-out asked by their Bulgarian head coach Martin Stoev, the players of Tomis – and in particular Israel Calderon, Andrey Zhekov and Reda Haikal – found back their best play (17:14) and even though their opponents tried a late comeback (19:18), CONSTANTA cashed the opening set with the score of 25-22.
JASTRZEBSKI did not give in that easily and immediately dictated the pace of the game in the second set (2:5, 5:8). The players mentored by Lorenzo Bernardi showed a very solid performance (8:12, 13:16, and 17:21) winning that section of the game without any major problem (19-25).
Tomis was able to keep the score tight in set 3 (5:5, 7:8) before JASTRZEBSKI opened the gap helped by their wing-spiker Michal Kubiak, who finished the game with 14 points. He scored three points in a row (two aces and one spike) to make it 12:16 at the second technical time-out and as Tomis was trailing 13:21, head coach Stoev decided to give some playing time to the wunderkind of Romania’s Volleyball, 16-year old Adrian Aciobanitei. Though he debuted in the competition, he could not stop the Polish team from completing their race and bringing it home at 15-25.
The local heroes caught a solid start in the fourth set (5:3) but things had already changed at the first mandatory stop (7:8) with CONSTANTA then trailing by four at the second. In the end the guests from Poland sealed a well-deserved 1:3 victory (20-25), their second in the competition so far to keep second place in the standing of the group topped by Halkbank ANKARA.
“We relaxed a bit at the end of the game as the home team made many mistakes. We are happy with this important away victory” said JASTRZEBSKI team captain Michal Lasko. “However, it is too early to make predictions about the Playoffs because there are still three rounds to go for completion of the prelims.”
“It was not that easy because we did not play that good in the first set but we came back strong and dominated the scene in the three following sets. We took three valuable points from this game which means a lot as we fight to make the Playoffs” added head coach Lorenzo Bernardi.
“We played a good first set but after that we made many mistakes in attack as well as in reception. After this defeat we will continue to fight to achieve a better result in the next matches” said the wing-spiker of Tomis CONSTANTA Israel Calderon who top scored for the home side with 18 points.
“We lost this game because we made too many errors and our block failed completely” said home mentor Martin Stoev. “We did not play as good as we did in the first set for the remainder of the game and this is what brought this home defeat tonight.”
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