Rabita too much to stand for brave rookie BEZIERS Volley
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Women
Béziers, France, October 29, 2013. Rabita BAKU edged France’s rookie BEZIERS Volley in straight sets (25-23, 25-20, and 25-16) on Tuesday to claim their second victory in the prelims of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Women. Some 1,800 fans were in attendance for what was the first CL match ever played in Béziers.
Though they were the underdog as they were playing last year’s silver medalists, BEZIERS Volley started out strong and could put up a good fight right from the go of their game with Rabita BAKU. Their only player with previous experience in the CEV Volleyball Champions League was Sherline Holness who even had spent one season in Azerbaijan playing for Rabita in 2010. Rabita was able to close the first set in their favor at 25-23. BEZIERS Volley jumped out to an 8:5 lead in the second set but Rabita was hitting every ball very hard to make it 25-20 in the end. In the third set BEZIERS seemed to lack energy and power and could no longer stand the pace imposed by Rabita that wrapped it up at 25-16 for a straight-set victory.
Libero Brenda Castillo did leave a very good impression with her great actions in defense and even though BEZIERS head coach Cyril Ong tried out some young players – even 18-year old – that could not change the course of the game anymore.
Though they still lack experience the players of BEZIERS Volley can be very proud of what they have done in their match up with one of the strongest sides in Europe in what was only their second game in Europe’s elite club competition.
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