MACERATA downs Austrian champions to secure second place in group of death
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men
Macerata, Italy, December 10, 2013. Italy’s Lube Banca Marche MACERATA secured on Tuesday at least their second place in the charts of Pool E in the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Men after scoring a speedy 3:0 victory (25-19, 25-16, and 25-19) to edge the Austrian rookies of Posojilnica AICH/DOB.
As earlier in the day Zenit KAZAN had claimed Russia's derby with Lokomotiv NOVOSIBIRSK, with one leg still to play before the end of the Main Phase, the team mentored by Vladimir Alekno confirmed its leadership in this Pool with 12 points, while the 2013 European champions, currently ranked third with seven (and four less than Lube Banca Marche MACERATA), are already out of contention for making the next stage.
In the match against Austria’s champions Posojilnica AICH/DOB, the Italians quickly settled into the driver’s seat and every time the guests tried to fight their way back or saw a tiny glimpse of hope, Lube Banca Marche MACERATA seemingly at will just shifted into the next gear. Only in the first set AICH/DOB was playing at the same level as MACERATA (until 7:7), but squandered its chances. The home captain Ivan Zaytsev was the top scorer of the match, collecting 14 points, while the opposite Valdir Sequeira was the best for the Austrian team with 10.
“I think that our victory was well deserved” said MACERATA mentor Alberto Giuliani. “Once on the court my team did exactly what I asked in the meeting we had before the start of the match, so I’m very satisfied. With these 3 points we arithmetically claimed second place in the Pool, but not yet the qualification to the Playoffs 12. We still have one match to play, next week in Kazan, and for sure it will be the hardest one of the entire Main Phase.”
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