JASTRZEBSKI and Halkbank cross their ways with first place at stake in Pool F
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Men
Jastrzebie-Zdroj, Poland, December 16, 2013. After scoring four consecutive victories, Poland’s JASTRZEBSKI Wegiel will be fighting on Wednesday for first place in prelim Pool F of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Men. The hosts will welcome Turkey’s Halkbank ANKARA, one of the “hottest” favourites in this year’s edition of Europe’s elite club competition, whose roster is packed with some of the world’s best Volleyball players, including Matey Kaziyski, Osmany Juantorena, and Raphael Vieira de Oliveira among others.
The group placed under the guidance of Bulgarian-born head coach Radostin Stoytchev suffered last week their first setback in the competition as they lost at home to Romania’s Tomis CONSTANTA. On the other side, the fans of JASTRZEBSKI could only dream – at the beginning of the season – that their heroes could pocket the ticket to the Playoffs 12 even before the last round of the prelims. However, to get a good draw for the next round it is also important to claim that much anticipated home game with Halkbank so as to finish first in the Pool. This will also be the last home match played by JASTRZEBSKI in 2013 and therefore the players have invited their fans to flock to the hall wearing the orange outfits that the supporters of the team from Upper Silesia are known for.
“We are fighting for first place and this makes the match even more attractive” says team captain Michal Lasko. “We are both qualified to the Playoffs 12 but if you finish first in your group, in theory you get a better draw for the next round. I am sure that this game is going to turn into a great Volleyball show and it will be a pleasure for us to play Halkbank.”
“The most important thing is that with our away victory from last week in Innsbruck we got the ticket to the Playoffs 12. On Wednesday we will play our last game taking on a very strong opponent” says home mentor Lorenzo Bernardi. “There is no need to explain what this means to each of us. If we beat such strong opponent, we’ll get an enormous boost of confidence.”