SCHWERINER SC fights bravely but Eczacibasi VitrA proves too strong for Germany’s champions
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Women
Schwerin, Germany, October 30, 2013. Turkey’s Eczacibasi VitrA ISTANBUL needed ninety minutes to claim their second victory in prelim Pool D of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Women with a 3:0 (25-21, 25-18, and 25-23) to edge the hosts of SCHWERINER SC.
The former star of SCHWERINER SC currently playing for Eczacibasi, Denise Hanke, received a very warm welcome by the audience. Eczacibasi was the heavy favorite of this game but actually the start was very promising for the home heroines who moved up 8:5 at the first technical time-out of the opening set. Saskia Hippe was very effective for the home side and the fans were standing on their feet as SCHWERINER SC was still up 17:12 after the second mandatory stop. Eczacibasi finally woke up and stormed back to draw level at 18 all and eventually flipped the charts around to claim the provisional 1:0 in sets (25-21).
The start of the second set was very close with the score leveled at 3 and 7 all and once more – showing finally their best play after a very weak opening of the season also in the Bundesliga – the players of SCHWERINER SC could set the pace (10:9) as they had done in the previous set. Eczacibasi head coach Lorenzo Micelli was not happy at all with the development of the match and after a time-out to shake his players, the team from Turkey’s megalopolis responded to their coach’s instructions with Hanke, Maja Poljak and Neslihan Demir setting the tempo and chiefly contributing to the final 25-18.
SCHWERINER SC still hoped to win at least one set and they worked hard to create a slim cushion in the third set (8:5); however, Eczacibasi once more showed their determination to fight back and flipped the tables around (23:21). SCHWERINER SC was able to draw level at 23 all but Eczacibasi scored the next couple of rallies to finish it off in straight sets (25-23).
Saskia Hippe and Neslihan Demir were the best players of the game for SCHWERINER SC and Eczacibasi VitrA respectively.
Though their heroines lost in straight sets the fans of SCHWERINER SC were happy with the good performance showed by the home team whose primary goal is to perform well in the Bundesliga and retain their title also in the national cup. SCHWERINER SC will go for their first victory in this competition as the Champions League resumes after a break hoping to edge Czech champions Agel PROSTEJOV in the away match scheduled for November 26.
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