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07/02/2018 23:00
Magical night for Switzerland in #CEVChallengeCupW
2018 CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup - Women

Luxembourg, February 7, 2018. Swiss teams Viteos NEUCHATEL Université and Sm'AESCH Pfeffingen advanced to the #CEVChallengeCupW quarterfinals despite defeats in the 1st leg, while BURSA BBSK (TUR), TJ OSTRAVA (CZE), and Dinamo KRASNODAR (RUS) claimed their second victories in as many matches to secure a spot in the quarterfinals as well.

Here are the full results and the match reports:

BURSA BBSK (TUR) vs. CHARLEROI Volley (BEL) 3-0 (33-31, 25-20, 25-23)

  • The two teams had a strong blocking game in the opening set as both collected five block points apiece.
  • As in leg 1 of the 8th Finals, Oleksandra Bytsenko of BURSA BBSK was the best scorer of the game. The Ukrainian middle blocker gathered 15 points in the 2nd leg game.
  • CHARLEROI Volley committed 26 unforced errors in the three sets, that is more than eight errors per set.

Viteos NEUCHATEL Université (SUI) vs. Ibsa CV LAS PALMAS (ESP) 3-1 (17-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-17), Golden Set 15-10

•    The hosts caught a nervous start to the game and ended up losing the first set 17-25.
•    However, with the support of 1,070 fans, Viteos NEUCHATEL fought back, sweeping the second and third sets.
•    The fourth set was a tight one – with both teams playing at a high level. The audience enjoyed some great rallies and with the home side emerging victorious, it was time for a Golden Set.
•    The hosts carried on that momentum and they did lead from start to end of the all-deciding Golden Set, with their captain and eventual MVP Mandy Wigger playing a leading role. Saray Manzano top scored for LAS PALMAS with 22 points, as many as the tally recorded by Tiana Dockery for Viteos NEUCHATEL Université.

Silvan Zindel, head coach of Viteos NEUCHATEL Université: “After the match in Las Palmas, we knew we had to play at our best level in order to progress to the next round. In front of our fantastic home crowd, we were able to do so.” 

Stiinta BACAU (ROU) vs. Sm'AESCH Pfeffingen (SUI) 1-3 (26-28, 25-23, 23-25, 23-25)

  • Almost 1,000 spectators came to the Bacau Sports Hall to watch the match deciding the side progressing to the quarterfinals.
  • All sets were extremely close. The first one ended after a ball saved by a Swiss receiver landed straight on the home team’s side of the court. 
  • Stiinta claimed the second set after wasting two opportunities to do so, thanks to a strong attack from Loredana Filipas.
  • In the end, it was the Swiss team to win sets three and four thanks to a better service game and to the unstoppable Nicole Patricia Walch.
  • Nicole Patricia Walch of Sm’AESCH Pfeffingen top scored with 23 points. Teammate Anu Ennok followed next with 14.
  • Georgiana Fales of Stiinta BACAU scored five block points, while teammate Melinda Sipos registered four.
  • Stiinta BACAU combined as many as 37 errors in the game. That is more than nine errors per set.

Florin Grapa, coach of Stiinta BACAU: “I am really sorry we could not win this match, I did not expect such a result. Maybe our players did not believe they could qualify, that is why we lost. I also think we were tired after the intense match we played in the Romanian championship on Saturday.”

Nicole Patricia Walch of Sm’AESCH Pfeffingen: “We came out very excited and very pumped to play, after a long trip. We always come out to win the games, so I believed we could qualify in Bacau. I think the difference was made by our better energy in the game.”

TJ OSTRAVA (CZE) vs. OrPo ORIVESI (FIN) 3-1 (25-15, 15-25, 25-21, 25-19)

  • Vilte Makauskaite of TJ OSTRAVA topped the scorers' list with 16 points. However, the home squad’s offensive game was spread on many shoulders as Helena Kojdová added 14 points, while Iva Nachmilnerová registered 12.
  • Nachmilnerová of the Czech side TJ OSTRAVA was best blocker of the game with five points.
  • Home squad TJ OSTRAVA convinced with a very solid performance in the offensive game. Every second rally directly resulted into a point for the Czech side.

Strabag VC BRATISLAVA (SVK) vs. Dinamo KRASNODAR (RUS) 1-3 (16-25, 24-26, 25-22, 14-25)

  • This was the second visit for Dinamo KRASNODAR in Bratislava in the last five years. In 2013 the team from Russia beat former club Doprastav BRATISLAVA two times in straight sets in the 8th Finals of the Challenge Cup too.
  • Two-time world champion, two-time Olympic silver medallist and two-time European champion, 40-year-old star player Liubov Shashkova travelled to Bratislava, but eventually did not play for Dinamo.
  • Doprastav BRATISLAVA rushed to a 21-17 lead in the second set, but the Dinamo KRASNODAR fought back to emerge victorious at 26-24.
  • Strabag recorded 16 blocks vs. 18 for Dinamo.
  • Erika Salanciova of Strabag VC BRATISLAVA was best scorer with 18 points, while Angelina Sperskaite of Dinamo KRASNODAR scored 16 times for the visitors.

Strabag VC BRATISLAVA coach Tomáš Varga: “We played a very good match against the big favourites. Therefore, we have to be satisfied. Every player on the court played a very good match and that is what is important. We had 16 blocks against a strong team from Russia, that is great.”

Konstantin Ushakov, coach of Dinamo KRASNODAR: “We are in the next round and that is important. We won in four sets and we are satisfied.”

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