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01/08/2015 19:03
Israel’s ladies cruise to straight-set home win to complete first round of play
2015 CEV Volleyball European League - Women

Beer Sheva, Israel, August 1, 2015. After losing on Friday at the tie-break, the home heroines of Israel got back on track and in their second home matchup with Poland they could celebrate their first victory in the 2015 edition of the CEV Volleyball European League – Women. Israel stamped a convincing 3:0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-19) win in Beer Sheva to round out their first weekend of play in the competition.

Israel started the match with the right pace (6:4, 8:5) and some more actions by their captain Moran Zur (see picture, #10) widened their lead to 16:11 at the second technical time-out. Galit Devash scored for Israel to achieve the 20-point mark, but Poland fought back and levelled the score at 21 all. Israel cashed the next couple of rallies (23:21) and even though the Polish mentor asked for a time-out, the home heroines continued to play with a lot of determination and resilience to bring the first set to an end at 25-23. Israel’s outside spiker Sofia Starikov paced the home team in the opening set registering six points.

With the boost provided by this set win, Israel opened the second stanza with three consecutive points, including an ace by Zur. Poland drew level at 3 all but Israel eventually moved to the front at the first technical time-out (8:7). Zur scored another two points paving the way for an Israeli lead at 11:8. The score was evened again at 16 all but Zur delivered another few superb actions (19:16) before equality was restored at 23:23. Israel got their first set ball on a Polish service error and the hosts then sealed the final 25-23 on another ace by Zur, who finished the set on eight points of her own.

Israel claimed an early 5:3 lead in set 3 and was up by three points at the first technical time-out. The hosts continued to impose their rule (16:11, 23:18) and some more great actions paved the way for a well-deserved 25-19 set win to seal a 3:0 home victory.

Israeli coach Arie Selinger said he was very pleased with the team and their performance: “We studied our opponents analysing the video from yesterday’s match and we changed our tactics accordingly with serves that disrupted the Polish play. Our players came in with the desire to win and to delight the entire country. Our young generation has shown that with more experience we can play at the same level as some of the strongest teams out there. We have to be able to keep the same level also in the next rounds with Turkey and Greece.”

Polish coach Wieslaw Popik said: “We had a difficult day whereas Israel looked very well organised and played really good. We need to clean our minds and move on to the next rounds of play.”

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