PARIS Volley plays Czech underdogs to consolidate second place in Pool C
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Men
Paris, France, December 9, 2013. As they host Czech Jihostroj CESKE BUDEJOVICE this coming Wednesday, France’s PARIS Volley will have the opportunity to cement their second place in the current standings of preliminary Pool C of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Men.
Jihostroj CESKE BUDEJOVICE – after four consecutive setbacks – is already eliminated from the competition but the Serbian-born opposite of PARIS Volley, Goran Maric, does not underestimate the Czech opponent. “We have to be well focused right from the start of the game if we want to avoid a surprise” he says.
Though they still have to claim their first points in the competition, Jihostroj are currently ranked second in the Czech Extraleague and recently swept three matches in a row there anchored by their major star Michal Krisko. PARIS Volley, on the other hand, have claimed six straight wins by combining European Cups and national league and have only lost one game at home this year, namely the season opener with Poland’s Asseco Resovia RZESZOW.
After suffering an injury during that game, Maric was back in action last Sunday and with the return of their Serbian opposite, PARIS can count on three outstanding players to pace their offense – Maric, Mory Sidibé and Marko Ivovic. The only bad news is related to the ankle injury suffered by William Bersani who will probably be missing the clash with the Czechs. PARIS Volley edged Jihostroj 3:1 in the second round of the prelims where the two teams crossed their ways in the Czech Republic.
A large audience is expected to get together on Wednesday night at the Charlety arena, including some Czech fans traveling from Ceske Budejovice. They will be pleased to visit the place where former Czech star Jiri Novak – who is currently a member of their coaching staff – achieved some great results while wearing the jersey of PARIS Volley.