DRESDNER SC take on Ukrainian champions after one-day long trip to Yuzhny
2014 CEV Volleyball Cup - Women
Dresden, Germany, February 4, 2014. After one month Germany’s DRESDNER SC will re-start their European campaign in the Challenge Round of the 2014 CEV Volleyball Cup where they are set to play Ukraine’s Khimik YUZHNY. The players mentored by head coach Alexander Waibl will play Khimik on Tuesday afternoon in the Ukraine and next week will vie for a spot in the semis via the home match at the Margon Arena.
The team started their journey already on Monday morning travelling by bus from Dresden to Berlin Schönefeld airport and from there they flew to Moscow. After a short stop in Russia’s capital city, they took another flight to Odessa where they arrived on Monday evening before making it by bus to Yuzhny after travelling for a total of 13 hours.
“We expect a very difficult game. Our opponent is a strong team, especially when they play at home” DRESDNER SC head coach Alexander Waibl says. “This will be our third match in seven days. However, we have prepared the best we could and we are ready to fight for every point.”
DRESDNER SC ended the prelims of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League in third place losing twice to Rabita BAKU as well as to Omichka OMSK REGION in Pool A.
Khimik YUZHNY, on the other hand, started their campaign beating twice VC OUDEGEM of Belgium before they took on Poland’s Aluprof BIELSKO-BIALA, a team starring a former player of DRESDNER SC, Heike Beier. After seizing the night in straight sets at home, Khimik lost the return game in straight sets but won the golden set that followed to claim a spot in the Challenge Round of the 2014 CEV Volleyball Cup.
The team from the Ukraine has many tall players who shall turn into quite a challenge for the block of DRESDNER SC. DRESDNER SC won’t be able to count on Corina Ssuschke-Voigt for the matches with Khimik since the middle-blocker already played some Champions League games this season for the likes of France’s RC CANNES.