The start of the game was very tight (5:5) but Tours VB got up by the first technical time-out as they were much helped by their captain and opposite David Konecny (8:5). Copra Elior did not show their best game and Tours VB could comfortably take the opening set after setting the pace all the way (16:12, 23:18) to the final 25-19.
Copra Elior finally found back their best play in the second set (7:10) but their mistakes paved the way for a strong comeback by Tours VB that drew level at 13 all. The match continued with a neck-to-neck race (18 all) before a couple of good serves by Nuno Pinheiro brought Tours VB to the front (20:18). Tours VB nevertheless could not capitalize on two set balls and they eventually lost the set 27-29.
Tours VB opened the third set with a terrific 10:2 run and even though Piacenza captain Hristo Zlatanov tried to fire up the members of his team, the hosts never looked back and easily brought it home with a terrific 25-13.
Piacenza got back on track in the fourth set (5:7) whereas Tours VB was struggling to display their quality (10:14); the Italians made the difference with their block (19:23) and could eventually call for the tie-break (22-25).
Tours VB returned to perform strong there (5:1) and by exploiting many mistakes made by their opponents moved up 11:7 to complete a memorable volleyball night with a 15-10 tie-break win.
Austria’s rookie Posojilnica AICH/DOB could live up to the expectations of 1,600 fans in attendance at the Sportpark in Klagenfurt as they played a very good game and showed some good resistance while crossing their ways with Italy’s Volleyball heavyweight Lube Banca Marche Macerata. The guests from Italy won there in straight sets (25-20, 25-19, and 25-17) but it was nevertheless a night to remember as the CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League stopped for the first time in Klagenfurt.
The start of the match was thrilling with a very close race; the hosts were playing with glowing hearts but Macerata could exploit every single error made by AICH/DOB. Though their margin was not that big the Italians could keep it up to the very end, pocketing the first set with the score of 25-20. Macerata started out very strong in the second set (4:0) and Posojilnica head coach Johan Verstappen tried to stop that storm by asking for a time-out. It did help but just a bit as Lube Banca Marche Macerata confidently set the pace of the game at the second technical time-out (16:9) and continued to play superb Volleyball to cruise to the final 25-19. As they were struggling in reception, the hosts of AICH/DOB trailed 4:8 in the early phases of the third set but they were able to fight their way back to even the score at 14 all. Macerata got a very slim margin as the second technical time-out was called (16:14) and this was instrumental to their straight victory in the end (25-17). All in all Posojilnica delivered a strong performance but still it was not enough to stop the run of their decorated opponents whose roster includes five medalists from the 2013 CEV VELUX EuroVolley.
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