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Romania and Austria open World Championship Pool C with victories in Vienna

Austria opened their World Championship campaign with a win

Vienna, Austria, January 3, 2009 - With a victory over Hungary the Romanians opened the Pool C first round of the FIVB 2010 Men’s Volleyball World Championship at the Viennese Budocenter. The team of Stelian Moculescu, who has coached club aon hotVolleys in the past, beat Hungary 3-2 (20-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-27, 16-14) in 134 minutes. Top scorer with 26 points was Romania’s Olteanu. On the Hungarian side Szabó scored 18 points.

After losing the first set Romania won the next two sets easily. During the fourth set it seemed clear who the favourite was but the Hungarians were able to catch up and win the set with 27-25. The deciding set looked to be going to Hungary, led by aon hotVolley player Szabolcs Németh, but after three match balls favourites Romania won the game with 16-14.

Stelian Moculescu, head coach of Romania, said, "It has been a difficult game and I would have wished for a win in four sets. But in total I am really satisfied with my team’s achievement.”

Sándor Kantor, head coach of Hungary, said, “It has been a very, very important game against a very good opponent. Romania played a very good tactical game. We need to win the rest of the games and this means to make fewer mistakes on our side.”
The Austrian Men’s team had also a great start. The Austrians won against Bosnia & Herzegovina on Saturday 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-22) and took the lead in the tournament ranking. Romania will be Austria’s next opponent on Sunday.

Austria started the game with the following players: setter Lukas Weber, diagonal hitter Matthias Mellitzer, middle blockers Gerald Reiser and Daniel Gavan, outside hitters Philip Schneider and Markus Hirczy as well as the libero Philipp Kroiss.

Right from the start the hosts dominated the game. In the first set the Bosnian players had many problems with the Austrian serves and made many mistakes with their own serves.

Austria, led by head coach Claudio Cuello, also dominated the second set, when suddenly the guest had some luck and took over the lead with 16-15. After the second technical time out the Austrians took over the lead again. Schneider and Co took over the lead with 23-20. In the end Austria won with 25-21.

From now on Bosnia had a hard time. They fell back 0-4 but suddenly the Austrian team seemed to be nervous. At 6-7 Cuello substituted Laimer for Mellitzer and the Austrians came back. Schneider especially played better and made some spectacular points. After the second technical time out the Austrians were able to extend their lead. But even at 17-21 the Bosnians didn’t give up – it was too late in the end, though, and Austria won the match.

Cuello said, "It was important to start out with a victory, since we faced a couple of problems before the tournament. I’m very proud of the players. We fought very hard today. Now we’re facing two difficult games. But everything is possible in such a short tournament.”

Dalibor Stevic, head coach of Bosnia & Herzegovina, said, “I’m basically quite satisfied with my players. We’re about to form a team for the upcoming Olympic Games. That’s why many of our young players are playing this tournament. We simply made too many mistakes today.”

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