BERLIN to host LUGANO to start home marathon
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men
Berlin, Germany, December 2, 2013. As they start their “home match marathon” this Wednesday by playing Energy Investments LUGANO in preliminary Pool D of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League, the team of BERLIN Recycling Volleys hopes to take another important step towards the Playoffs 12.
Awaiting six matches within the next three weeks, the 2013 German national champions face a period which could hardly be any tougher, especially considering the three up-coming Champions League call-outs entailing further duels against Arkas IZMIR and Diatec TRENTINO later this month. However, the group that recently took a speedy away win against TV ROTTENBURG in Germany’s Bundesliga (25-13, 25-16, and 25-14) has longed for its comeback to Max-Schmeling-Halle: “We’re thrilled to be back in Berlin”, team captain Scott Touzinsky says.
In spite of the delight of playing in front of their home crowd, BERLIN Recycling Volleys are aware of their immense challenge this month that will point the way ahead in their international campaign as well as in the national competitions with the league and cup contest.
With a record of two wins (LUGANO 3-1; IZMIR 3-1) out of three matches, whilst facing mixed results in the German Bundesliga, the team of head coach Mark Lebedew can look back upon a successful start in Europe’s elite club competition. “That’s a good basis”, Mark Lebedew says adding: “Now we’ll be playing the remaining three matches at our home court and want to make it to the Playoff round – together with our fans!”
However, the Australian mentor knows about the difficulties to play LUGANO this Wednesday: “It’s the Champions League – and every opponent is a strong opponent. All teams fight for the qualification for the Playoffs 12 or the Challenge Round of the CEV Cup. And none of our victories was as straight as to consider the re-matches to be a sure-fire success. At this level, matches can turn because of minor details and that’s why we have to be very careful”.
Coming with a 3-1 success over the now second-to-last ranked team in the Swiss NLA, Lutry-Lavaux, Energy Investments LUGANO will surely travel to Berlin with self-confidence: “LUGANO is a very good team. In the first match they were very close to take the third set to a 2-1 lead. If they had won the set, the course of the game would have been completely different. LUGANO has still the chance to qualify for the Playoffs 12 – but they will have to edge us this Wednesday. They’ll be hyped for the match, I’m sure“, the coach says.