Sport Sfaxien overcome La Romana in five sets
Betim, Brazil, October 17, 2013 – Tunisia’s Sportif Sfaxien erased a two-set deficit to defeat Deportivo La Romana of Dominican Republic 22-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-14, 15-11 in a match of Pool B of the FIVB Men’s Club World Championship on Thursday.
The victory allowed Sportif Sfaxien to even their win-loss record at 1-1 while the Dominican left the competition winless in their three outings.
Mohamed Ben Abdallah and Ismael Moalla registered 23 and 20 points, respectively, to lead the winning club. Hakim Zouari contributed 16 points, including a tournament-high 8 blocks, and Nouredinne Hfaiedh added 13 tallies.
Henry Tapia was the best for the losing club with 23 points. German Recio and Elvis Contreras concluded with 18 and 12 points.
Sportif Sfaxien led 8-7 and 16-15 at the technical time-outs. Deportivo La Romana tied at 20-all when Emmanuel Lara blocked Ben Abdallah. The Tunisian club won the next point via the spike by Ben Abdallah but German Recio hit back from the Dominican side. Trailing 21-20, Recio landed his spike and then blocked Ben Abdallah for the lead 23-22. Noureddine Hfaiedh and Henry Tapia exchanged kills and Kelvyn Campechano blocked Hfaeidh for the 25-23 score in favor of La Romana.
Recio’s hit off the Tunisian block gave La Romana an 8-7 lead in the second set. The Dominicans trailed 14-13 when Tapia parlayed spike and ace but Hakim Zouari evened at 15. Then Recio provided the edge 16-15 for La Romana. Tunisian Ismail Moalla’s spike and big serve tied the score at 20 only two see how Lara and Recio scored for La Romana for the 22-20 margin. The second set concluded 25-22 for the Dominican side.
Sportif Sfaxien led 8-6 and 16-13 at the TTO with Moalla and Ben Abdallah as the most productive attackers. The Tunisian side was in front 20-15 when the coach of La Romana called for time-out. The Dominicans rallied to reduce the deficit to 20-18 following the spike by Tapia. Recio scored with a tip following the big serve by Elvis Contreras and then Lara scored after another huge serve by Contreras for the tie at 20-all. Sportif Sfaxien took the set 25-23 when Zouari blocked Contreras.
Ben Abdallah broke the tie at 7 with a cannon shot from the right side and the Tunisian representative went on to build a 14-10 advantage. The score at the second TTO favored Sportif Sfaxien 16-11. Zouari attacked and then blocked Lara for the seven-point difference at 18-11. The fourth set closed 25-14 capped by the block by Sellam against Pedro Garcia.
It was a close battle in the tie-breaker with both sides playing hearts-out. At 6-6 Zouari blocked Tapia and then Tapia’s spike sailed long for an 8-6 advantage of Sportif. The margin grew up to 11-7 with the spike by Ben Abdallah and a wild attack by Recio. The set concluded 15-11 for the Tunisian club.