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25/02/2018 21:17
Despite setback away from home, Lindemans AALST remain hopeful about progressing to #CEVCupM semis
2018 CEV Volleyball Cup - Men

Aalst, Belgium, February 25, 2018. On February 15, Lindemans AALST lost 1-3 to Ziraat Bankasi ANKARA and as a result, the Turkish side ‘only’ has to take two sets from the return match to reach the semi-finals of the #CEVCupM. Nevertheless, Lindemans continue to hope for a positive outcome before the home crowd when the re-match takes place on Tuesday, February 27 in Aalst.

“We won away the first set 25-23,” says head coach Johan Devoghel. “However, after claiming that early lead, we had problems trying to stop their key player Oleg Antonov, who scored 18 points in the end.  The biggest problem turned out to be the low pressure we put with our service. A better performance in this aspect of the game is the starting point for a successful comeback. However, it will not be easy. Ziraat is a fantastic team.”

In order to qualify for the semis, Lindemans first need three points (i.e. they have to win 3-0 or 3-1), plus a victory in the Golden Set. “Only if we do so, we reach the semi-finals against Calzedonia VERONA of Italy or France’s MONTPELLIER UC Volley. It is an opportunity that does not present itself every season. I do not think my players need a lot of motivation. However, I have to admit that it is getting very difficult,” says Devoghel. “Yet, I dare to see a sparkle of light at the horizon, even though Gertjan Claes cannot play. He visited a doctor for a hernia in his neck. Therefore, Antti Mäkinen will be replacing him. The Croatian Ivan Mihalj is not available either. Our medical staff is doing everything to get Laszlo De Paepe ready to play. Our young middle blocker is struggling with a sacroiliac joint dysfunction in the back.”

Play Sports Telenet will broadcast the match live and the home team will also use the video challenge system.

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