Hypo Tirol hoping to get their first points
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men
Innsbruck, Austria, December 8, 2013. As they host Poland’s JASTRZEBSKI Wegiel at the Olympic stadium Tuesday, Austria’s Hypo Tirol INNSBRUCK will be trying to claim their first points in the prelims of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Men.
This is also the last home match in this year’s campaign for Austria’s vice champions who are ready to fight for every single point so as to end their negative streak in Pool F. The players around head coach Stefan Chrtiansky want to deliver a classy performance before the home crowd and hope to win at least two sets in order to bring home their first point. The team is highly motivated and the anticipation is very high in Innsbruck as Hypo Tirol plays once more at the local Olympic stadium. The goal to claim their first points in the competition sounds quite ambitious especially given the strength of JASTRZEBSKI that will travel to Austria after scoring three consecutive wins in the competition but everything is possible.
“We want to play a great game in our last home match this year and get more than we did in Poland” says head coach Stefan Chrtiansky. “We played a good game there but this time our goal is to get at least one point. I hope we can fulfill these expectations and take at least two sets. The team responded very well after we lost in straight sets to Halkbank ANKARA on Thursday and we want to show that we can perform much better than we did in Turkey. I am convinced that we will play a great game.”
JASTRZEBSKI is currently ranked second in Pool F and chasing a spot in the Playoffs 12. The group around former Volleyball star Lorenzo Bernardi includes world-class players and can also rely on a very strong roster. Michal Lasko and Michal Masny are two players who have got a connection with Innsbruck. Masny played for Hypo Tirol in the 2002/2003 season and was among the players who represented Slovakia at this year’s European Championship under the guidance of Hypo Tirol mentor Chrtiansky. As for Lasko, he already played at the Olympic stadium in Innsbruck two years ago sweeping three consecutive matches while wearing the jersey of Italy’s national team that eventually won silver at the European Championship that Austria co-hosted together with the Czech Republic.