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CEV CL W: Calcit Volley Narrowly Misses Victory in Champions League Thriller

by WoV

Slovenia’s reigning champions, Calcit Volley, fell just short of a win in their latest Champions League Pool C encounter. Hosting the match in Ljubljana, they clashed with Germany’s runner-up team, Potsdam, ultimately losing 2-3 in a nail-biting finish. Despite this, Calcit Volley succeeded in claiming their first point in this year’s competition during the Pool stage’s third round, while Potsdam marked their second win.

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The match began on a high note for the Slovenian team, who convincingly took the first set. They remained competitive in the second set, though it eventually slipped from their grasp. A setback in the third set was counteracted by a spirited comeback in the fourth, setting the stage for a tense tie-break. The Kamnik-based team, led at one point 9-6 in the tie-break, only for Potsdam to level the scores repeatedly, eventually seizing victory with a decisive ace.

Maša Pucelj shone brightly for Calcit Volley, contributing a substantial 26 points, supported by Andjelka Radišković’s 17 points. Kamnik Coach Bruno Najdič expressed his disappointment, stressing the team’s self-defeating errors in critical moments. However, he also acknowledged the positive aspects, praising the team’s strong start and resilience.

Danielle Harbin led the Potsdam team with a remarkable 21 points, emerging as the top scorer, while Rodica Buterez contributed significantly by adding 20 points to the team’s victorious tally.

In other Pool C action, Fenerbahçe continued their winning streak, securing a straightforward victory over Grot Budowlani in Lodz, maintaining their dominance in the group.

Calcit Volley: Špoljarič (L), Rituper 10, Gorjup, Radišković 17, Šen 11, Najdič 5, Hutinski 12, Boisa, Maček, Pucelj 26, Čižman, Banko (L). Coach: Bruno Najdič.

Potsdam: Taubner 2, Breland 1, Harbin 21, Wong-Orantes (L), Kokkonen 2, Stautz 4, Stiriz (L), Buterez 20, Čekulajev 9, Lazaro 6, Dokić 7, Kiss 7. Coach: Riccardo Boieri.

CEV Champions League – Pool C

November 28, 2023

Budowlani Lodz vs. Fenerbahçe 0-3 (26-24, 18-25, 19-25)

November 30, 2023

Calcit Volley vs. Potsdam 2-3 (25-18, 23-25, 18-25, 25-23, 14-16)

Standings provided by Sofascore

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