Budvanska Rivijera routs Polish champions to re-open race for Playoffs 12
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Men
Budva, Montenegro, December 12, 2013. Budvanska Rivijera BUDVA got back in contention for a spot in the Playoffs 12 of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Men after on Thursday they downed Poland’s champions Asseco Resovia RZESZOW in straight sets (25-22, 25-21, and 25-22) in the fifth round of the prelims. France’s PARIS Volley currently tops the charts in Pool C with 11 points followed by RZESZOW (10) and BUDVA with nine.
The hosts needed only 77 minutes to seize the night as they were anchored by Marko Bojic who displayed a superb performance (70% in attack, three blocks, and 69% in reception). Actually this was a very special game for Bojic who had played for Resovia two years ago by the time he won the national league and also made the final stage of the CEV Volleyball Cup with that club. It was a very special night for BUDVA who could control the best players of Resovia and even though their mentor Andrzej Kowal tried out many substitutions, he still could not prevent the home heroes from cruising to a straight victory. In order to make the Playoffs 12 BUDVA needs to edge Jihostroj CESKE BUDEJOVICE in straight sets as they travel to the Czech Republic next week and then wait for the result of the other clash starring PARIS Volley and Asseco Resovia RZESZOW. The guys from Montenegro could even finish the prelims in first place if they win their clash against Jihostroj in straight sets and RZESZOW beats PARIS Volley at the tie-break.
“I really wanted to show a good performance against my former team” Marko Bojic commented after the game. “It was a very important game where we needed to take three points and we eventually achieved this goal showing a big heart. We are all thrilled and we could not accomplish this mission without our great fans; they create an atmosphere whereby you literally get wings on your feet” Bojic said. “However, this is not yet the end of the story. We still have to take another three points against Jihostroj to make the Playoffs 12. I am quite confident because when we played them here in Montenegro we could control the game quite easily. We do not feel that much pressure, we just want to go for the match and achieve our goal because I think that this team really deserves to make the next stage of the competition” Bojic concluded.
The first set was very close up to 8 all but Bojic opened the gap for BUDVA (10:8) with good serving. The same player – in the end he registered five points in the set – helped make it 12:9 and Budvanska Rivijera comfortably set the pace of the game at the second technical time-out (16:12). As Resovia was trailing 15:19, their head coach Kowal replaced setter Lukas Tichacek with Fabian Drzyzga and he also changed his opposite with Dawid Konarski joining the actions. However, it did not change the course of the game with BUDVA moving up 22:16 and cashing the final 25-22 after 28 minutes.
Bojic looked very inspired also in the second set and by scoring three consecutive points he paved the way for the provisional 8:4 lead of his side at the first technical time-out. With a pipe by Vojin Cacic, Budvanska Rivijera went up 10:5 and could keep that same margin also at the second mandatory stop (16:11). BUDVA controlled the game up to the end with Bojic being always their main force in attack.
Resovia could finally find their way into the game in the third set leading the way there (6:8, 11:13) before Budvanska Rivijera scored seven straight points to flip the charts around and get back full control of the operations (20:16). Their opponents fought their way back twice (20:19, 23:22) but Bojic brought up set ball. As Resovia team captain Aleh Akhrem spiked into the net, the home guys could start their celebrations with Luka Suljagic ending up in the tribunes among the local fans.
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