Haching Hold off Lennik
Posted by Salman Mitha
Posted in Volleyball
Generali Haching and Euphony Asse-Lennik serve it up in the CEV Volleyball Champions League
Generali Sport Arena – After stumbling in their league opener at home, Generali Haching started their Champions League match against Belgium’s Euphony Asse-Lennik heading down a similar path. They blew a six point lead and lost the first set. However, some timely kills and unforced errors by their opponents led to a 3-1 win in Pool D of the CEV Volleyball Champions League.
Haching were the favorites coming into the match, as their opponents were struggling in their domestic league so far, losing three of their first four matches and their opening Champions League match against Lube Banca Marche Macerata. After an even opening, Haching went on a run shortly after the first technical timeout. Kills by Simon Hirsch, Alexander Shafranovich, Jan-Willem Snippe, Konstantin Shumov and Christian Dünnes built a 19-13 lead. Lennik head coach Marko Klok called timeout.
Errors by Haching and a kill by Dejan Radic, it was 19-16. Timeout Haching to regroup. But an ace by Valters Ramma, a block by Radic, and kills by Francois Lecat gave Lennik the 23-22 lead. Mihai Paduretu’s men tied it, but the Belgians were on a roll, ready to shock their hosts, and they won 25-23.
The second set went exactly like the first. Even match till the first technical timeout. This time Roy Friedrich got into the action with consecutive kills and a block by Snippe, Haching led at the second technical timeout 16-13. And they controlled the set until Lennik made another run, and tied it at 21. Their plan to dig Haching into a 2-0 hole was working. But then they committed unforced errors, and kills by new additions Shumov and Snippe, Haching evened the match at 1-1 with 25-23 in the set.
Both clubs came out, looking to grab control of the match by winning the third set. Again, both were exchanging shots and points, tied at 9-9. But then three consecutive kills by Snippe, Dünnes, Shumov and Friedrich, and timeout Lennik, Haching were up 18-14. Lennik kept it close, but Haching held up the lead, winning 25-21.
Lennik were not deterred, they continued to fight, led by Estonian Eivo Zuravljov whose kills and blocks kept his team in the match. But by second technical timeout of the fourth set, Haching were converting their chances and capitalized on their opponents errors, and the set was 25-19.
Lennik fall to 0-2 in the pool and will hope to turn things around when they visit ACH Volley Ljubljana. Haching (2-0) will try to once again defend homecourt when Italian giants Macerata visit Unterhaching and battle for the lead. Macerata host Ljubljana on November 1st, a win will set up a classic match.
Generali Haching will host two home matches this weekend, Saturday, November 3rd against VCO Berlin and then on Sunday, November 4th vs. NETZHOPPERS KW-Bestensee. First serve for both matches are at 16:00 CET.
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