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19/10/2011 18:01
Stade Poitevin wins but Czechs are happy as they claim their first set in Champions League
2012 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Men

Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, October 19, 2011. France’s Stade Poitevin POITIERS lived up to the expectations and claimed the first match in Pool D of the 2012 CEV Volleyball Champions League – Men by beating the home guys of Jihostroj CESKE BUDEJOVICE 3:1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-14, 25-20). However, the Czechs were nevertheless quite happy as they could celebrate their first set won in Europe’s most elitist competition.
POITIERS got the right tips from the head coach and claimed the opening set before the Czechs stormed back for the 1:1. Stade Poitevin immediately opened the gap (10:2) in the third set; Jihostroj tried to respond with some substitutions but Stade Poitevin easily controlled the game also via the major international experience of its players for a massive 25-14, extending its rule also to the fourth set for the final 3:1.
Radek Motys, opposite of Jihostroj, commented at the end: “We played a good game and I think we surprised our opponent, especially in the second and fourth set. It is a pity that we did not have a little bit more of luck in the last set”.
“Jihostroj is quite a good team and I like that kind of matches” added Montenegrin Milos Culafic, best scorer for Stade Poitevin tonight with 22 points. “They have quite many options in attack and our blockers could not stop them that often”.
“This is an important win for us although we had some ups and downs throughout this game” singled out the French head coach Olivier Lecat. “The first match in such a competition is always difficult, as everyone has got big dreams and ambitions and nobody wants to start with a defeat”.   
“We made some unnecessary mistakes in set 2 and 4” concluded the mentor of Jihostroj, Jan Svoboda. “Nevertheless I think it was a pretty balanced match; we have a very good team this year and I hope we’ll enjoy a successful season”.

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