Dinamo secure home victory over Romanian rookies, Fenerbahce make it four wins in a row in Pool E
Luxembourg, February 6, 2019. Dinamo MOSCOW dropped one set in their home matchup with CL rookies C.S.M. BUCURESTI but were able to record their third victory in Pool E to stay well in contention for a spot in the quarterfinals of Europe’s premier competition. Luxembourg, February 6, 2019. Dinamo MOSCOW dropped one set in their home matchup with CL rookies C.S.M. BUCURESTI but were able to record their third victory in Pool E to stay well in contention for a spot in the quarterfinals of Europe’s premier competition. Over in Szczecin, Fenerbahce Opet ISTANBUL came from behind in the first set before pulling out a 3-0 victory over Chemik POLICE to improve their win-loss record to an impeccable 4-0.
Dinamo MOSCOW (RUS) vs. C.S.M. BUCURESTI (ROU) 3-1 (25-18, 25-20, 14-25, 25-15)
• In the first set, the home side started better. After a long break, Maja Ognjenovic re-joined Dinamo and this immediately had a positive impact on their game. However, even the score was not looking great for the Romanians, Japanese libero An Saita tried to pick up the most difficult balls, and C.S.M. BUCURESTI finished many attacks with great enthusiasm. Dinamo won the set with Elena Gendel’s ace.
• In the second set, the visitors seemed more used to the style of Dinamo and started to play more relaxed. They claimed an early 11-3 lead but the home side fought back and secured a 25-20 victory.
• After suffering a 14-25 loss in the third set, Dinamo found their winning way thanks to their better serving, blocking and spiking. They finished the match relatively easily (25-15) to secure a 3-1 victory with the help of Yana Shcherban and Helena Havelkova and with Ekaterina Lyubushkina replacing Ekaterina Efimova.
• The result is especially important for the Russian team as they lost their first home match in the pool to Fenerbahce and dropped two sets in the away game with Chemik POLICE.
Ekaterina Lyubushkina, player of Dinamo: “We made a number of substitutions, so Daria Talysheva and Daria Stoliarova could help the team as well. We are like one family and we are especially happy with the comeback of Ognjenovic.”
Alexander Sukomel, head coach of Dinamo MOSCOW: “Even if we made a lot of mistakes, I am happy that we could win the match somehow. We played better in the fourth set, and that is what I would like to see in the future.”
Maret Balkestein-Grothues, player of C.S.M. BUCURESTI: “Although we found our game in the third set, we could not win afterwards. They were smarter in attacks, and that is the reason why we lost the match.”
Chemik POLICE (POL) vs. Fenerbahce Opet ISTANBUL (TUR) 0-3 (24-26, 20-25, 15-25)
• Chemik dominated until the end of the first set, when Fenerbahce were able to recover from 22-24 and eventually won the set.
• An excited crowd of 3,878 spectators created a great atmosphere in Azoty Arena, but they were unhappy after the second set when Fenerbahce outplayed Chemik and doubled their lead thanks to their strong display, especially in the last rallies.
• The away side finished the match with an easy 25-15 victory in the third set to collect their fourth victory in as many matches in this year’s Champions League.
• Samantha Bricio and Melissa Vargas both collected 19 points and played a crucial role in Fenerbahce’s offense. Fenerbahce recorded 10 aces in the match.
• Chemik played great in blocking, but made too many mistakes and struggled with efficiency from the left side.
Samantha Bricio, player of Fenerbahce Opet ISTANBUL: “Winning the first set from 22-24 was the key to win the match afterwards. It had an impact on the rest of the game, and I am happy that we could win our fourth match in the contest.”
Martyna Lukasik, player of Chemik POLICE: “The better team won the game. We just were not able to receive their serves in a way that we wanted and these mistakes decided the whole game.”
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