TOURS VB ousts CEV Cup winners PARIS Volley to claim French Cup
News from the National Federations
Paris, France, April 5, 2014. After winning the CEV Volleyball Cup a week ago, France’s PARIS Volley could not add yet another trophy to their showcase for the home heroes lost on Saturday the final match of the national cup to their archrivals TOURS VB (1:3; 16-25, 25-21, 23-25, 19-25). This way TOURS VB claimed their eighth title in the competition, thereby setting a new record.
TOURS VB had to fight hard to retain the title they had won last year but they eventually brought it home once again. After a very close start, TOURS VB broke away halfway through the opening set anchored by Kamil Baranek, David Konecny, and Gérald Hardy-Dessources (15:10). PARIS Volley could not respond to that acceleration and TOURS VB comfortably claimed the first set by 25-16.
Things changed completely in the second set where PARIS Volley could minimize their errors and impose their rule right from the go cruising to the final 25-21 with the help of an outstanding Mory Sidibé.
The hosts of PARIS Volley tried to continue the same way also in the third set but TOURS VB was able to claw back drawing level at 12 before cashing the final 25-23 to the delight of their many fans that had travelled to Paris for that much anticipated final match. “We were not able to capitalize on our lead in the third set,” Mory Sidibé said after the match. “We should have won that set but we were not able to break away when we got the chance. Our opponents, on the other hand, strongly believed in their chances to come back and they finally succeeded in doing so.”
“I think that the difference was made by our roster, I mean we have more opportunities to change players because our second lines are stronger than those of PARIS” commented TOURS VB team captain David Konecny. “On top of this, we showed more focus by the time it counted the most.”
After claiming the fourth set by 25-19, TOURS VB started their celebrations knowing that the rivalry with PARIS Volley will continue in the national league. “I hope we will be playing each other again in the final of the national league,” said head coach Mauricio Paes. “We have to keep in mind that the next time it won’t be as easy as it was today.”