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05/12/2013 20:38
PIACENZA upsets Bulgarian fans with second straight victory over DUPNITSA
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men

Samokov, Bulgaria, December 5, 2013. Bulgaria’s champions Marek Union-Ivkoni DUPNITSA lost their fourth straight game in Pool A of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Men as on Thursday they were downed in straight sets (24-26, 19-25, and 14-25) by Italy’s Copra Elior PIACENZA. The players mentored by head coach Luca Monti were happy to get three points from this game so as to continue fighting with TOURS VB for the leadership in the group. “We played a very close first set but every time we miss something to bring it home” said home mentor and team captain Nayden Naydenov and Gjorgi Gjorgiev.
And indeed DUPNITSA had started the game quite strong exploiting some errors by their rivals to lead the way at the first technical time-out of the opening set (8:6). The home heroes showed great fighting spirit and a very good attitude while PIACENZA was still struggling to find their rhythm. The hosts could keep a slim margin also at the second mandatory stop (16:14) as their setter and team captain Gjorgi Gjorgiev continued to change options in attack. However, PIACENZA showed their value and experience to fight their way back and edge the young Bulgarians in a very close final section of that set (24-26).
The guests from Italy played their best in the opening of the second set (8:3) and easily controlled the game (16:9); they had reduced their errors to a minimum and the young boys mentored by Nayden Naydenov had to surrender as their opponents cruised to a quite comfortable 25-19 to make it 2:0 in sets.
After losing the first as well as the second set, DUPNITSA looked knocked down and PIACENZA stormed out to a terrific 8:2 to set the tone of the game in the third. The fighting spirit and also the enthusiasm that the home guys had showed earlier in the match had almost disappeared. A service error by Mihael Mandzhukov called for the second technical time-out with PIACENZA in full control (16:8) and the Italians ultimately wrapped it up at 25-14 to claim their third victory in the competition and cement their second place in Pool A with 10 points.

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