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CEV EC M: Romania edges Cyprus in five and steps closer to second round berth

by WoV
source: cev.lu

Romania scored a decisive victory in five sets over Cyprus Sunday evening in Limassol for the first round of the 2013 CEV Volleyball European Championship and moved one step closer to advance to the next stage of the competition scheduled for this coming September. The visiting team, however, had to come back from a crucial 24:20 for Cyprus in the first set, to rally for six straight points, take an overall lead and eventually finish the match 2-3 (24-26, 26-24, 14-25, 25-22, 6-15).

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Despite the way the first set was lost, Cyprus continued to challenge Romania in the second set and gained a quick 20:15 lead. When Romania closed in at 21:20 it seemed like a repeat of the opening set, but Cyprus held on to win the two decisive points at 24:24 with an attack by Gavrilis Georgiou and an ace by captain Nikos Kolas to tie the overall score at 1-1.

Romania came away with an easy third set, before the home team pulled together to come back from 15:18 in the fourth and go on to score four straight points at 20:21 to come ahead 24:21 and force the game into a tie-break.

The fifth set, however, was a walkover for Romania, who shot off to a 1:11 lead and never looked back.

Romania scored off 16 block points (to Cyprus’ 15) and 8 aces (to 5) and rounded off the victory with 50/122 kills (41%) to Cyprus’ 46/118 (39%). Romania’s opposite Ciprian Matei was top scorer of the match with 27 points, followed by Cyprus’ Georgiou with 22.

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