RZESZOW bounces back to take first home victory
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Men
Rzeszow, Poland, November 6, 2013. After losing last week to Budvanska Rivijera BUDVA, the home heroes of Asseco Resovia RZESZOW got back on track on Wednesday as they edged Jihostroj CESKE BUDEJOVICE of the Czech Republic 3:1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-16, and 25-16) to improve their win/loss record to 2:1 and keep well alive their chances to make the Playoffs 12 of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Men.
The rhythm was very fast right from the go as both teams looked very determined and wanting to show their class. Resovia claimed a very slim margin at the first technical time-out (8:6) and could keep it up to the second mandatory stop before Jihostroj stormed back to make it 19 all. Still, the home guys found back their best play and could finish the set at 25-22 with an attack killed by their Hungarian wing-spiker Peter Veres.
In the second set, anchored by their captain Aleh Akhrem who registered four points all alone, Resovia went up 8:5 but the hosts eventually lost their focus so that Jihostroj clawed back and could even take the lead at the second technical time-out (14:16) powered by the duo consisting of Michal Krisko and Filip Habr. The Czechs slowly but surely widened their lead (14:19) and even though Resovia attempted a late comeback (18:21, 22:24) it was Krisko who sealed the final 22-25.
Resovia stormed out to a 10:6 lead in the third set where they immediately imposed their tempo; three points by their opposite Jochen Schöps and a block contributed a nine-point lead for the home side (20:11) with Akhrem cashing the final 25-16 for the provisional 2:1 in sets. The plot did not change at the beginning of the fourth set where the home team claimed a quick 8:3 lead and then sped up to a terrific 16:6 at the second technical time-out. Smart floating serves by their middle-blocker Piotr Nowakowski and the attacks by Schöps and Akhrem paved the way for another 25-16 and a well-deserved 3:1 home victory for the joy of 3,000 fans that had made it to the Podpromie sports hall tonight.
“The most important thing, even though the game was not that good, is that we could take three points and we played better than we had done with BUDVA” commented Resovia team captain Aleh Akhrem.
“I have to admit that the quality of the performance displayed tonight was not that impressive but the floating serve by Nowakowski and Lukasz Perlowski was very effective. We will now focus on our national league before we re-start our campaign in this competition in December” said home mentor Andrzej Kowal.
“We had our chances tonight but we did not use them. We expected a difficult game especially as Resovia needed points from this game after their defeat to BUDVA. Tonight RZESZOW played better than we did in attack as well as in reception. And Jochen Schöps also made the difference from the serving line” commented Czech mentor Jan Svoboda.
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