The soundsof classical musichad ceased to reignin Viennaon Friday’s evening. The city of Ludwig van Beetoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was conquered by volleyball atmosphere due to the annual Gala organized by European Volleyball Federation, where best players of the last season were singled out with financial awards. However, DenizBank Women’s and Men’s Champions League group stage drawing was the most substantive moment that evening. Moreover, André Meyer, CEV president, also presented a new official ball, allocated only to the Champions League competition.
Emotionsassociated with theChampions League Final Fourhas already fallen so it is the best moment for a summary. The Cup of Europe flew away to Belgorod with players of Belogirie, who proved a peremptory supremacy on the Continent. Halkbank’s players, tournament hosts, did not come up to expectations set up in front of them before finals and this team probably will not be so strong in the nearest future. Jastrzebski Wegiel of Poland achieved a massive success having beaten Zenit Kazan in the bronze medal match climbed on the highest summit in club history, while Zenit is on the opposed pole in spite of having superpower ambitions.
On Saturday and Sunday best European female's teams played in Baku in Final Four of Women's Champions League. Champion became Dinamo Kazan, smashing defending champion, VakifBank Istanbul in three sets.
After good first set by visitors, French team stopped playing. The greatest problem was their reception - team committed 18 errors there, 7 of them made libero Deborah Ortschitt! Other obstacle were game by Outside Hitters, both Eva Yaneva and Tatjana Bokan were disappointment. In Turkish team back in game was captain, Gozde Sonsirma, she's still not fully recovered yet, but despite trauma she was the best player of team. Also Christiane Fuerst and Carolina Costagrande had significant impact on game. In second set Vakifbank's libero Gizem Karadayi got injured her knee and she'll be out for about 1,5 month. She was replaced by Guldeniz Onal Pasaoglu with decent result.
Omichka: Babeshina, Mammadova (16), Shlyakhovaya (1), Carillo De La Paz (29), Kutyukova (9), Yurieva (10), Kuzyakina (L) and Orlova (8), Kornienko (1), Belkova, Terekhina Eczacibasi: Karakoyun (5), Gumus Kirici (11), Picussa (7), Demir (26), Usic Jogunica (11), Poljak (12), Kuzubasioglu (L) and Kayacan, Ercan, Havelkova
Omichka made so many mistakes in all sets and it's main reason for their loss. Cuban Opposite, Nancy Carillo had good game in three sets, but in last set she hit into block many times and sent next few balls out. Second bet scorer from Omsk, Outside Hitter Natalya Mammadova is getting older and she isn't so strong as she was in previous years. In team from Istanbul brilliant performance again by Neslihan Demir. Main setter, Denise Hanke was absent, but her backup Asuman Karakoyun had good game. Surprisingly good comparing to previous game played Outside Hitter, Senna Usic Jogunica. Other OH from Istanbul, Helena Havelkova is slowly getting back to team after injury and she had a small sub. Both Carillo and Demir had strong serves - both got 7 aces.
Except second set it was a tough battle. Volero's weakness were Outside Hitters - Kenia Carcaces was main serve target and because of that she lost her killer's instinct, while defensive Outside Hitters: Karla Klaric and Ines Granvorka were too weak in terms of spiking, what cost Volero especially lost third set. The only one who kept their standard level was Opposite from Ukraine, Olessya Rykhliuk, which I probably saw in last commercial of Korean Air (you can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYEZNB9xJWM) By Dinamo again good game by Ekaterina Gamova, Middle Blockers Maria Borodakova and ReginaMoroz played better than expected. Jordan Larson had almost perfect reception, but she wasn't good spiker, it was compensated a bit by Antonella Del Core. Attitude both by Gamova and Larson was horrible, both were arrogant, quarrelled with referees (Larson even with Volero's coach) and yelled at opponents (for some actions both Jordan and Ekaterina should've got at least yellow cards, but I would give them red or even throw out of court like Spiridonov in one World League game). It was so irritating certainly not only for me, but also for many spectators in front of TVs, computers and in hall.