Major sensation in Belgium as Noliko MAASEIK cruises past Bre Banca Lannutti CUNEO

woensdag 15 december 2010

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2011 CEV Champions League

Belgium’s Noliko MAASEIK caused the major surprise of the night as, in front of a full house, the hosts edged out Italy’s giant Bre Banca Lannutti CUNEO in four sets to delight the home audience and get rid of the awful performance displayed last week against Wijsmans & Co.

Pool B – Noliko MAASEIK (BEL) vs. Bre Banca Lannutti CUNEO (ITA) 3:1 (25-22, 15-25, 25-18, 25-23)

Noliko MAASEIK caused the major surprise of the night as the Belgians delighted a massive audience by edging out Italy’s stellar team, Bre Banca Lannutti CUNEO, in four sets. There was a quick start from the Italian team in the opening set (0:4) and coach Heynen had to call for a first break very soon. It didn’t change the trend as the Belgians were trailing down 3:8 by the first mandatory stop. A good attack and an ace by captain Van Decraen moved the count to 5:9. A rather nervous Noliko wasn’t able to come closer. After some more rallies, CUNEO went up 11:16; three points in a row were scored by Noliko (15:17) forcing the Italians into a time-out. MAASEIK kept on going with two aces of Jelte Maan (22:21) before the Belgians made it through at 25-22. Once again, also in the second set the start of the Italians was very promising (6:10) via excellent attacks of Wijsmans and Nikolov. Coach Heynen called for a break at 9:15. CUNEO faced no problems and at 14:22 the set was already finished even before the final 15-25. Noliko set the pace in the opening of set nr 3 (4:3 and 8:5). Radovic blocked marvelously (11:6) but then CUNEO closed the gap up to 11:9. However, as the score moved to 14:9, the Italians needed another break. After being up 16:11 by the second mandatory stop, MAASEIK stretched the margin (20:14) and Wounembaina forced a block-out for the 25-18. Noliko started set nr 4 very well (6:4 and 8:5), but CUNEO fought back with much energy (15:16); the Belgians got back to their previous efficiency and Sidibe brought match point to be silvered at 25-23.
Cameroonian Nathan Wounembaina said: “We were tactically better, our reception was good and on the other hand, we were not as tired and sleepy as in Cuneo. All those things could help”. Setter Yannick van Harskamp: “This is a triumph for the supportive and very enthusiastic crowd in the hall. It was unexpected as we hoped for at least one point, by losing 2:3. It is unbelievable.”
Bulgarian star Vladimir Nikolov said for CUNEO: “MAASEIK tonight was as strong as they can be. We made many mistakes in attack and Parodi couldn’t perform at his best. We had a lot of problems to find our normal game”.

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