Bulgarian fans can’t wait for home match with Italian standout
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men
Dupnitsa, Bulgaria, December 2, 2013. On Thursday Bulgaria’s champions Marek Union-Ivkoni DUPNITSA will be playing Italy’s Copra Elior PIACENZA for the fourth round of action in preliminary Pool A of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Men. Marek Union-Ivkoni is currently at the bottom of the charts with no points after three rounds while PIACENZA is ranked second with seven, chasing leaders TOURS VB. If they want to take first place in the Pool, the Italians will have to take three points from their away match in Bulgaria.
“The game with Copra Elior will be a special present for our fans” says Team Manager Lyudmil Naydenov. “I only hope that there will be a packed sports hall for this game. The match is going to be very difficult for us because we play one of the strongest teams in Europe but this does not mean we are going to surrender that easily.”
Marek Union-Ivkoni head coach Nayden Naydenov does not have to cope with any injuries and so will be able to opt for his ideal starting six. Though composed of very young players, his team is the dominant force right now in Bulgaria with seven victories in as many matches in the national league and 20 points to top the standing. Last weekend DUPNITSA easily beat CSKA SOFIA in straight sets (25-18, 25-22, and 25-18).
Copra Elior is currently ranked second in the standing of the highly-competitive Serie A1 following on their away victory over Andreoli LATINA from the last weekend (37-35, 22-25, 25-16, and 25-16). PIACENZA has won six of their seven matches so far and is currently chasing Lube Banca Marche MACERATA and preceding by one point Diatec TRENTINO.