Craiova, Romania, June 21, 2014. After suffering a 1:3 loss to Romania on Friday, on Saturday Montenegro took revenge from its host in Craiova. In the second match of the third leg in Pool A of the 2014 CEV Volleyball European League - Men, the Montenegrins upset the Romanians by 3:1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-21).
Montenegro started the match focused on reception that helped the team construct better. This was the key for efficient attacks of opposite Aleksandar Minic and wing spiker Vojin Cacic that cracked Romania’s defense. Romania reacted at once to Montenegro’s pressure with well-placed attacks of opposite Laurentiu Lica and wing spiker Iulian Bala - rallies that placed the home team in the leader position at the second technical time-out. Montenegro tried to strike back with powerful spikes by Minic and Cacic, but the Romanians were certain of their capacity to finish the set in their advantage. Lica took control of the set with his unstoppable spikes and ended the hostilities at 25-23.
The second set started with Romania on high tide with relentless Lica whose powerful attacks weakened Montenegro’s defense. Romania’s efficient defense put pressure on Montenegro and the home team was running the show through 16-13. But Montenegro reacted strongly with good blocking action of the middle Gojko Cuk and the smashing attacks by Cacic that dismantled Romania’s defense. Montenegro’s continuous offensive put Romania in difficulty on each tactical construction. The visiting team managed to be more concentrated in each rally and the good serving of middle blocker Ivan Jemenica put an end to the set in Montenegro’s favor - 25-23.
The third set started again with Romania in advantage due to good reception of libero Mihai Maries and wing spiker Dan Borota which allowed the team to construct efficiently the attack’s phases. Again Lica did his job bravely and Romania was ahead at 8-4 and 16-13. Montenegro came back being more focused on reception which was the stronger fact that helped Minic and Cacic take their teammates in advantage at 21-18. Romania tried to balance the score with a few good blocks of middle blocker Razvan Mihalcea, but Montenegro, sensing the danger, reacted with Minic who demolished Romania and ended the set by 25-19.
In the fourth set Montenegro took control of the volleyball court. The efficient reception of Cacic put Romania in a difficult spot. The home team tried to balance the score with opposite Ciprian Matei, but Montenegro’s more aggressive blocking actions were too much to handle. Montenegro ended the set at 25-21 and won the match.
Laurentiu Lica was the best scorer of the match with 21 points for Romania, while Montenegro’s Vojin Cacic finished with 20.
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