PRESS RELEASE 03.11.2004


Opening matches attracted a wide audience

Luxembourg, November 03, 2004 - With the first five matches of the Men's Indesit European Championships 2004/05 League Round having been played on Wednesday night the outlook for the coming preliminary pool battles is very promising.

Dinamo MOSCOW (RUS) decided the first match of the fifth Indesit European Champions' League 2004/05 in their favour beating Lokomotiv KHARKIV from the Ukraine after one hour of play in three straight sets. Even though the beginning of the match was fairly balanced the Russians soon became more confident in their game winning the first set 25:20 and dominating throughout the subsequent two sets.

'I'm satisfied with the result of the match but not quite with the game', commented Dinamo's head coach Boris Kolchin after the match, 'However, we came to Kharkov to win and even though we faced serious opponents we are glad to have won the opening match of the Champions' League.'

For the six times Ukrainian volleyball champion Lokomotiv KHARKIV it was the first appearance in the Indesit European Champions' League but with the appointment of a new head coach only shortly before competition start, namely Yuriy Kravzov, they finally had to accept a first defeat against the stronger Muscovites.

The other encounter of Pool D between Knack ROESELARE from Belgium and PARIS Volley (FRA) was won in the fifth set by the Parisians whom had to fight hard in order to regain control of the match. Already leading 2-0 after the first two sets the home team came back to draw at 2-2 but they didn't manage to take the tiebreak, granting the first victory in Pool D to the French.

The German team of VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN were also unlucky in their first match of Pool A having to surrender to the Greeks from Iraklis THESSALONIKI, who finished fourth in the previous edition, in straight sets. Pool B experienced tighter encounters with the Austrians from Aon hotVolleys VIENNA overcoming the pressure of playing at home by defeating their Polish rivals JASTRZEBSKI Wegiel in four sets, only conceding the third (20:25).

After winning the first two sets against the 12 times champion from Serbia Montenegro, Vojvodina Novolin NOVI SAD, the Bulgarian guest team from Levski Siconco SOFIA lost the following two sets so that the tiebreak had to decide. In front of 4'200 spectators in the sports hall of Vojvodina the home crowd finally saw their team lose the deciding set 13:15.