The match did not start that well for Rabita as Atom Trefl impressed with some great play of US American Megan Hodge, with the side from Poland taking the provisional 1:0 lead (25-21). However, Rabita got back on track with the help of home heroine Natalya Mammadova who did a great job in attack. After taking the second set, the group around head coach Zoran Gajic went on to cruise to a 3:1 win and hence called for the golden set to determine the team advancing to the next round of Europe’s most elitist competition. There Rabita delighted many home fans – who had found their way to the sports hall in spite of very low temperatures, this being the coldest winter in 50 years in Baku – to dominate the scene and seize also the golden set (15-6).
“I am very happy for being part of this victory. We believed in ourselves and together cruised to the win. I have to thank our fans because they helped us a lot” stated Mammadova after the game.
“Our opponent was really strong but they did not maintain the same rhythm for the whole game. On the other hand we delivered a great performance; we needed such a strong opponent to play our best as we did not have any serious match since the end of the year 2011” comments Gajic.