Unicaja ALMERÍA wins Spanish national league
News from National Federations
Almería, Spain, April 8, 2013. Unicaja ALMERÍA is the 2013 Spain’s national champion. The Andalusian squad claimed its ninth league title after beating CAI Voleibol TERUEL in the Championship series that came to a close this past weekend.
The team trained by Italian Piero Molducci exploited the home-court advantage to win in the final series of the tournament, played with the formula “best of five”, by claiming three victories and suffering only one defeat. CAI Voleibol TERUEL and Unicaja ALMERÍA had closed the first weekend of the finals with a 1-1 tie, certifying the equality in the race to the league title. However, in the second weekend of the series, the support of the local fans from Almería was decisive, as the green squad was able to impose its power at Moises Ruiz sports hall to beat the reigning champions, CAI Voleibol TERUEL 3:0 (25-21, 25-19 and 25-22) and 3:1 (25-16, 28-30, 25-18 and 25-22).
The distribution by Victor Viciana gave Unicaja ALMERÍA the required edge to overcome the spikes by Juan Carlos Barcala coming from the other side of the net. The Andalusian group showed a greater efficiency in setting and reception, which together with the direction by Viciana, was too much to handle for the defending champions.
In addition to this, the contribution of opposite player Andres Villena constituted a critical factor in the rise of Unicaja ALMERÍA to glory, as the young international re-affirmed his status as the new star of Spanish Volleyball with an exceptional offensive showdown. Villena totalled 69 points and 51% average of perfect attacks in the four matches of the series, an exceptional performance for which the 20-year old player was awarded as MVP of the finals.
Thus, Unicaja ALMERÍA was proclaimed as the new Spanish “Superliga” champion and lifted its first domestic crown in eight years. “We deserve this victory; we have played at a great level throughout the competition and this title represents the confirmation of our hard word,” said team captain Julian Garcia-Torres. “It was a well-deserved victory; the team showed their strength in all the aspects of the game, especially in serve; also, the role of Andres Villena was instrumental; he was spectacular,” stated Unicaja ALMERÍA head coach Piero Molducci.