Fakel NOVY URENGOY show no mercy in re-match with Norwegian Vikings
2017 CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup - Men
Bergen, Norway, February 28, 2017. Fakel NOVY URENGOY made it clear already from the start that they intended to grab a spot in the semi-finals of the 2017 CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup – Men and so they did. A record crowd of 1,100 spectators came to Haukelandshallen to see top international indoor Volleyball since the matchup featuring Fakel and home heroes Viking TIF BERGEN coincided with the first time ever that a Norwegian men’s team reached the quarterfinals of a European competition.
With an easy 3-0 victory (25-13, 25-18, 25-11), the Russians are through to the semis in six straight sets from two quarterfinal matches they played home and away.
“We are really pleased with the way our team played today, especially in service. Dmitrii Volkov and others had some good service runs and the Norwegians had problems controlling the ball because of the low ceiling,” Fakel captain Igor Kolodinsky said.
He now hopes that Fakel can make it to the finals of the CEV Challenge Cup for the second straight year. Last year the Siberian team lost two close final matches to Calzedonia VERONA of Italy. “That was a tough loss for us, so we hope to do better this year, but also fight for a medal in the Superleague playoffs,” Kolodinsky commented.
The head coach of Viking TIF BERGEN was proud of his team and their results in this year’s CEV Challenge Cup. “Today we lost to a better team. They have both power and height at the net, but the biggest difference today came from service and serve reception,” Scott Olsen said.
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