Tirana claims Albanian women's cup
News from the National Federations
Tirana, Albania, March 10, 2013. The players of Tirana TIRANA claimed on Saturday Albania’s national cup, their second honor of the current season after seizing also the tournament held to celebrate the 100th anniversary since the country’s independence.
The final four was held at “Ramazan Njala” sports hall in the city of Durres and was attended by many fans. In the final match Tirana edged 3:2 the home heroines of Teuta who were quite evidently supported by the local audience. However, this time Tirana was not caught by surprise as it had happened in the Federation’s Cup final and cruised to a well-deserved victory.
Tirana opened the game by imposing its tempo (25-19) before Teuta responded well to draw level in sets (16-25). The home side eventually cruised to the front by winning also set 3 (19-25) and it looked like Teuta was going to celebrate another accolade in front of their fans as they moved up 13:8 in the fourth set. However, Tirana did not lose composure and that comeback (25-17) could eventually change the course and fate of the game. After calling for the tie-break, the side from Albania’s capital city dominated the scene there (15-10) and could celebrate their second major trophy of the year.
UMB Volley – the provisional leader of the national league – turned into the major disappointment of the competition as they lost their semifinal to Teuta in straight sets by evidently underestimating their opponents. In the other semifinal match, Tirana had easily claimed the derby with Partizani (3:0) to set the tone for a memorable weekend.
After completion of the national cup, Albania’s best Volleyball teams will not head into the Playoffs of the national league.