Four-set Playoff 6 matches set the stage for an exciting second-leg showdown
France's multiple champions RC Cannes will try to upset reigning champions VakifBank in the second round of the Playoffs 6 coming up next week |
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
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
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