PROSTEJOV fight hard but still loses in straight sets to RC CANNES
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Women
Prostejov, Czech Republic, October 30, 2013. The match for the second round of action in Pool D of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Women between Agel PROSTEJOV and RC CANNES ended in a clear victory for the guests from France. The hosts had to wait until the second half of set 2 to find their game and make it a close match, but it was still not enough to win a set. The French champions scored a 0:3 win in the Czech Republic (18-25, 22-25, and 23-25) to follow on their straight home win over SCHWERINER SC of Germany from last week.
The opening set was clearly orchestrated by RC CANNES and also set 2 was unfolding in their favor at the beginning (3:11). However, the Czech champions stepped up, improved in reception as well as in the other fundamentals and almost equalized to 1:1. But the guests, who were stronger on paper, did better in the remainder of set 2, and after that also in the final part of set 3. In set 3 PROSTEJOV had the lead for most of the time, sometimes with a margin of 3 points, but they did not manage to claim this set either.
“Our performance tonight was much better than in the match played in Istanbul last week. I was worried about Markevich’s absence in reception, but finally both young spikers coped well with the unpleasant situation. Both teams did a good job in defense and the opponent was slightly stronger in blocking, which was probably decisive for the result, I think. But we certainly had the chance to claim one set at least” said Agel PROSTEJOV head coach Miroslav Cada.
“The guests were the hot favorites tonight but we played good Volleyball with the exception of the first set. We gradually found the rhythm and found our game and we created a lot of chances to win at least one set. It is a real pity that we did not manage to do that. But we are on a good path and I am confident that we will score a win in the next match against SCHWERINER SC” said Agel PROSTEJOV middle-blocker Quinta Steenbergen.
“In general I am happy with our performance. We were in great form especially in the opening set, but in the middle of set 2 the opponent made significant improvement and we lost our confidence and slowed down the tempo. The game became close and we lacked stability. But what really matters is the 3:0 result” commented RC CANNES head coach Yan Fang.
“It was an excellent match and the quality was very good on both sides. PROSTEJOV just could not find its game in set 1 which we had under total control. However, in the middle of set 2 the game became really close. We can be happy that we managed to win the two close finishes and bring back home three valuable points” concluded RC CANNES team captain Nadia Centoni.
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