TOURS VB continue their clean sweep with tie-break victory over ACH Volley
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men
Tours, France, December 4, 2013. Though they had to fight for five sets on Wednesday, TOURS VB of France could keep a perfect record in the prelims of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League as they won their home game with ACH Volley LJUBLJANA scheduled for round 4 of the prelims (3:2; 26-24, 22-25, 25-21, 21-25, and 15-7).
ACH Volley impressed the audience with a very strong start (4:8, 5:10) but finally the home heroes could find their rhythm and started their comeback (10:11). The game continued with teams playing point for point and even though the guests from Slovenia had a slim margin (20:22) by the time the final phases were approaching, still TOURS VB could flip the charts around and bring it home at 26-24.
Once more ACH Volley caught a good start in the second set (3:8, 6:10) but similarly to what had happened in the first, TOURS VB responded by leveling the score at 14 all. TOURS VB then changed gear and opened a small cushion (20:17) before ACH Volley performed an amazing comeback (21:23) to tie the score in sets (22-25).
TOURS VB delighted their home fans with a strong start in the third set (6:2) and this time ACH Volley could not hold the pace imposed by the local heroes (13:9); TOURS VB set the pace also at the second technical time-out (16:13) and did not look back to cash the provisional 2:1 (25-21).
TOURS VB stretched momentum also to the early phases of the fourth set (3:0) but ACH Volley this time responded quite quickly to make it 5:8 at the first technical time-out. ACH Volley still had to stand the comeback by the hosts who leveled the score at 15 with an ace by their captain David Konecny. The Slovenian guys showed a good performance in defense to get back control of the game (16:19) and call for the tie-break (21-25).
TOURS VB caught a flying start there (4:1) and continued to impose their pace also after teams had changed sides of the court (9:6). TOURS VB displayed great actions in defense as well as in attack (12:6) to claim their fourth straight victory in the competition (15-7).
“We played a good game but we slowed down in the tie-break and it is a real pity” said ACH Volley head coach Luka Slabe after the game.
“We did not play our best in the opening section of the game but we did so in the tie-break and this is also reflected by the final score” commented home mentor Mauricio Paes.
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