PARIS Volley claims five-set battle in Budva
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men
Budva, Montenegro, December 5, 2013. Budvanska Rivijera BUDVA played on Thursday probably their best game since the start of the season but still the guys from Montenegro lost their second home match in Pool C to France’s PARIS Volley at the tie-break (26-28, 22-25, 25-12, 27-25, and 12-15). Budvanska Rivijera still has a theoretical chance to make the Playoffs 12 of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Men but they will need to seize the night twice as they play Asseco Resovia RZESZOW and Jihostroj CESKE BUDEJOVICE in the last couple of rounds and hope that PARIS Volley lose their last game to Poland’s national champions.
Both teams were feeling the pressure on their shoulders going into this game as there was really a lot at stake tonight but PARIS profited of the five competitive matches they had played this past month in their national league while BUDVA found it difficult to find their rhythm lacking high-quality opponents in their championship. Marko Bojic, Vojin Cacic and Aleksandar Minic paced the home side right from the start (8:6, 16:15) and the game continued point for point up to 22:21; PARIS then flipped the charts around with their best players Marko Ivovic and Mory Sidibé on fire and although Cacic drew level at 24 for BUDVA, PARIS Volley could have the upper hand in the end (26-28).
PARIS Volley jumped out to a terrific 6:1 lead in the second set before the “orange” guys fought their way back to level at 6. BUDVA eventually got back control of the operations with good play by Minic, Milan Markovic and their Italian setter Marco Falaschi (14:10) but once more PARIS changed gear and scored from almost all angles to finish it off at 25-22 for a provisional 2:0 lead in sets.
Budvanska Rivijera BUDVA could finally display their best in the third set where everything worked just perfectly for the home heroes: they started with a 10:2 run and with the trio composed by Minic, Bojic and Cacic being extremely effective they cashed that section of the game with a terrific 25-12. The fourth set was again very close and tense; PARIS opened with a 4:1 lead and set the pace also after the first technical time-out (10:7); however, BUDVA responded by compensating for that gap and with great blocks by Luka Suljagic and Milan Markovic, Budvanska Rivijera got three opportunities to call for the tie-break (24:21). They nevertheless did not use any of them before Marko Bojic cashed the next set ball to seal the final 27-25.
PARIS nevertheless controlled the game from the start of the tie-break and it was Sidibé who contributed the last point to celebrate a valuable 3:2 away victory for the Frenchmen (15-12).
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