JASTRZEBSKI claims also second game with Tomis to make it closer to Playoffs
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Men
Jastrzebie Zdroj, Poland, December 3, 2013. On Tuesday Poland’s JASTRZEBSKI Wegiel could edge Tomis CONSTANTA of Romania for a second time in prelim Pool F of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Men (3:1; 25-17, 25-27, 25-21, and 25-22) to make another step forward on their quest to make the Playoffs 12 of Europe’s elite club competition. After losing in the opening round to Turkey’s Halkbank ANKARA, the players mentored by former Volleyball star Lorenzo Bernardi could claim their third straight victory in their Pool.
JASTRZEBSKI Wegiel could catch a good start (8:6) and the early phases of the game were dominated by the respective opposite players, Michal Lasko and Martin Nemec, who looked almost unstoppable for their opponent’s block. JASTRZEBSKI could nevertheless slowly but surely widen their lead (14:9) and set the pace with a margin of six points by the second technical time-out (16:10). The hosts did not stop their run (19:12) and even though Tomis mentor Martin Stoev stopped the game once more, it did not really change much. JASTRZEBSKI was in full control standing out in every fundamental of the game and the last couple of points in the opening set were claimed by their Canadian wing-spiker Thomas Jarmoc (25-17).
The score was very close in the early phases of the second set and even though Lasko was still on fire, Tomis got to the front by the time the second mandatory stop was called (14:16). An ace by Andrei Spinu made it 16:18 and after a time-out asked by their mentor Lorenzo Bernardi, the home guys could fight their way back especially with the contribution by Michal Kubiak. JASTRZEBSKI leveled the score but only for a short while; Tomis still led by two points going into the final section of the set but the local heroes fought their way back again to level at 22 all. The audience got to see some spectacular actions but in the end it was the Romanian team that showed more composure to bring it home at 25-27.
JASTRZEBSKI started off very strong in the third set with a series of great blocks to make it 8:1; the bronze medalists from last year’s edition of the Polish national league did nevertheless have to stand the comeback of their opponents but could still lead by a comfortable margin shortly before the second technical time-out (15:11). Though they could not keep up the great rhythm they had displayed earlier in the set, JASTRZEBSKI could still finish it off at 25-21 to get back control of the game.
With the start of the fourth set Bernardi decided to opt for Dutchman Rob Bontje who had already helped his side with a couple of actions in the final phases of the third set. Bontje was the one who stood out for Wegiel at that stage (5:2) but Tomis responded by leveling at 7 with a good serving turn by their Spanish star Israel Calderon Rodriguez. The score remained very close up to the second technical time-out (16:15) but it was JASTRZEBSKI that had the last word winning the set 25-22 and the match in four sets for the joy of the home audience.
Michal Lasko and Martin Nemec top scored in the game with 26 points apiece for JASTRZEBSKI and Tomis CONSTANTA respectively.
“The deciding moment came in the fourth set where our opponents scored three break points and paved the way for their victory. That’s fine, this is Volleyball” said Tomis mentor Martin Stoev after the game.
“We did not play our best tonight. We have been struggling with some injuries lately and Nemec just joined the team” added Tomis team captain Andrey Zhekov. “We tried to play our best but it was not enough and JASTRZEBSKI deserved to win this game tonight. They were the better side and we need to concentrate on the last matches in the group.”
“We are very happy with this victory for we are very close to make the Playoffs. We knew that Tomis was our main opponent on the way to the next round and by beating them twice we have made a big step forward” said home captain Michal Lasko.
“We are very close to make it among the top 12 in Europe. We must take another three points from the next game and then we’re through” concluded head coach Lorenzo Bernardi.
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