Knack continues to impress with fourth consecutive victory in Pool G
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men
Kedzierzyn-Kozle, Poland, December 4, 2013. Belgium’s Knack ROESELARE prolonged their winning streak in the prelims of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Men to four consecutive matches after on Wednesday they beat once more – as they had done at home – Poland’s vice-champions Zaksa KEDZIERZYN-KOZLE (28-26, 25-15, 17-25, and 25-23) to keep their leadership in Pool G. Knack has 12 points after four rounds of action, a feat only a few could have predicted before the start of the season.
The teams started the game very focused and determined and initially the hosts seemed to be those who were going to control the operations (8:5); after an ace by their young opposite Grzegorz Bociek Zaksa made it 15:12 but the course of the game changed after the second technical time-out as the guests from Belgium improved their performance in defense while Hendrik Tuerlinckx and Matthijs Verhanneman killed a series of spikes to make it 21 all. After a very dramatic neck-to-neck race, Knack cashed the opening set at 28-26 with a very smart action by Joppe Paulides from the back row.
Knack ROESELARE dictated the tempo of the game right from the start of the second set; after the score was leveled at 6, Knack scored 11 points vs. only three for the home side to make it 17:9; the fate of this set looked already determined but Bociek did not agree with that scenario and could reduce a bit the gap for Zaksa (18:14). Still Paulides and Gertjan Claes nailed some perfect spikes in the late phases of the set which ended at 25-15 for the Belgian champions.
Zaksa finally woke up in the third set anchored by Bociek, Dick Kooy and Michal Ruciak; they controlled the game right from the go (6:2) and things did not change halfway through (15:10, 18:11) before the hosts cashed the final 25-17 for the joy of their many fans.
They tried to show that same momentum also in the opening of the fourth set jumping ahead (3:1) but after a couple of blocks on Bociek, Knack was back on track. ROESELARE got the lead at 10:8 and could keep a margin of two-three points up to the end to seal (25-23) their fourth consecutive victory in the prelims.
“We were somehow afraid of this game but it was our time to shine and we managed to impose our style of playing especially in defense and with good counterattacks” commented the Finnish setter of Knack ROESELARE, Eemi Tervaportti, after the game.
“There is no reason to complain, we simply played a bad game tonight” was the laconic statement given by home star Grzegorz Bociek.
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