Omichka claims CL home debut with straight victory over German vice-champions
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Women
Omsk, Russia, October 31, 2013. Omichka OMSK REGION claimed on Thursday their first victory in the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Women as they downed DRESDNER SC in straight sets (25-21, 25-16, and 25-17) at the “V. Blinov” sports complex where Europe’s elite club competition returned some months after this hall had hosted the men’s Final Four.
DRESDNER SC actually caught a very good start and set the tempo of the game at the first technical time-out as Omichka spiker Nancy Carrillo lacked accuracy and consistency; on the other side of the net Jaroslava Pencova and Rebecca Perry were doing a good job for the guests (4:8). After the game was stopped by Omichka head coach Zoran Terzic, the hosts found back their best play and with two mistakes by Perry and Lisa Izquierdo the score was evened at 11 all. German mentor Alexander Waibl asked for a time-out and the teams played point for point for most of the set before Omichka had the upper hand at 25-21.
The second set followed a similar plot with the hosts trailing 1:4 before Marina Babeshina and Natalya Mammadova finally found the right tempo to move the charts up to 8:6 for Omichka. Pencova and Izquierdo tried hard to keep the score close for DRESDNER SC but Omichka could rely on the outstanding defense actions by Iuliia Kutiukova. Omichka team captain Elena Yureva moved the score up to 11:9 and with a series of attacks killed by Carrillo the “Cats” as they are nicknamed in Russia got a margin of four points by the second technical time-out (16:12). They could keep up that good pace and eventually cashed the second set with a comfortable 25-16.
Omichka caught a flying start in the third set with Mammadova and Kutiukova paving the way for the provisional 6:2 together with an ace by 2013 European champion Anastasia Shlyakhovaya. German mentor Alexander Waibl asked for an early time-out but it did not change the course of the game as Carrillo was simply outstanding and she outplayed Kristina Mikhailenko, the Belarusian opposite of DRESDNER SC (17:11). A block by Yureva and Mammadova made it 23:14 for the home heroines and it was the Azeri Volleyball superstar that finished it off at 25-17 for a deserved 3:0 victory.
“This is a historic victory for us” said home mentor Zoran Terzic. “Omichka is participating in the CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League for the first time and we just won our first home game before more than 4,000 fans. We did not start very well but we got more and more confidence as the game progressed. The injury of our setter Marina Babeshina really scared me but today she showed that she is not just a valuable player but also a great person.”
“Congratulations to Omichka” said DRESDNER SC head coach Alexander Waibl. “They have a very good team and they deserved to win tonight. We started the game really well and showed good block and defense but as they found their best play in all fundamentals, we could not hold onto their pace. I really liked our journey to Omsk and we were warmly welcomed by everyone here” he added.
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