Luxembourg, February 7, 2014 - All three games in
the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Women Playoff 6 round
ended up after four sets of play and set the stage for an exciting showdown in
the decisive return matches next week.
On Thursday evening the teams of VakifBank ISTANBUL and Eczacibasi VitrA ISTANBUL from Turkey and Dinamo KAZAN from Russia celebrated 3-1 victories over their opponents to move a step closer to the Final Four in Baku.
The winner of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League will represent Europe at the 2014 FIVB Women's Club World Championship which is due to take place through May 6-11 in Zurich, Switzerland.
French side RC CANNES tried to get on the road to another sensational result against an ISTANBUL powerhouse, after having eliminated Galatasaray Daikin in the Playoff 12 stage, by claiming the first set against the reigning champions VakifBank. However, after that the home team was merciless in shaping up a 3-1 (21-25, 25-7, 25-18, 25-9) victory despite an injury that prompted their libero Gizem Karadayi to leave the game early in the third set. Regardless of this result, VakifBank’s captain Gözde Sonsirma is cautious about the final outcome of the clash.
“We still remember what happened two years ago and that is why we will play at our best in the next game,” she said referring to the golden set that her team lost against CANNES at the same stage of the competition back in 2012.
Similarly, Volero ZÜRICH took the first set at home against the Russian powerhouse Dinamo KAZAN, but then ended up losing by 3-1 (25-20, 14-25, 25-27, 22-25). The Swiss underdogs were not able to convert some important set points in the third period and missed the opportunity to overcome their strong opponent at home.
However, Volero did manage to defeat Dinamo in KAZAN during the pool stage of the competition and hopes to achieve another exploit there next week in the second leg of this duel. Volero’s assistant coach Jan Lindenmair commented: “Of course, we are disappointed after a defeat like this. I think we would have deserved to win at least two sets.”
Looking forward, Dinamo’s head coach Rishat Gilyazudtinov added: “The game at home will not be easy as we have two other matches this weekend, but we want to win.”
The support of almost 5 thousand spectators on the stands of the Athletic Concert Complex V. Blinov could not help the local heroines of Omichka OMSK REGION to emerge victorious in their game against Eczacibasi VitrA. Overcoming the jetlag and the cold Siberian weather, the visiting Turkish side claimed a 3:1 (25-17, 29-27, 22-25, 25-21) win over the Russian team. The two teams’ top scorers - Nancy Carrillo (29 points for Omichka) and Neslihan Demir (26 points for Eczacibasi) also impressed with seven aces each in the game.
"Eczacibasi deserved to win,” Omichka coach Zoran Terzic admitted. ”If we succeed in performing better in the favorable moments of the next match, we have a good chance to show a good game in Istanbul.”
"Our team played very well in defense,” his Eczacibasi counterpart Lorenzo Micelli added. ”But I will be a lot tougher with my team when preparing for the home game.”
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