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Ben updates Poland – defeating Treviso

Posted by devo on February 21, 2009

Aussie captain Ben Hardy

Aussie captain Ben Hardy

Aussies Ben Hardy and Igor Yudin play for  KS Jastrzebski Wegiel SABabel translation in the Polish League. Ben also writes a web page. Ben’s mail reports:

20-02-2009: WOW! Win 1.3 in Treviso. A historical moment for Jastrzebski as we fly into the final 4 of the European Challenge Cup.  After losing the first game at home 2.3 we needed a great return match in Italy to qualify and that’s exactly what we did. Starting and finishing the first set with aces was my personal highlight. We all played well and we had to if we were going to achieve this historic result. This is the first time the club has qualified for a final 4 in European competition. Highlighting the strength of Polish volleyball in Champions league – Czestochowa and Belchatow both qualified to the next round beating Piacenza and Moscow respectively. The final of Challenge Cup will not be played for a few weeks so we have time to concentrate on the local competition. We are only a couple of games from completing the regular season.

15-02-2009: 3.0 loss in Resovia. In front of a capacity crowd we went down in 3 sets. Resovia served and blocked very well putting us under alot of pressure and this was the key to there success tonight. We got close to taking the 1st set only to let ourselves down at the end. Resovia gained in confidence and continued to play well for the rest of the match. They deserved the victory.

12-02-2009: Sisley Treviso. European Challenge Cup. Going down 2.3 at home is no disgrace against Treviso. We really did not take advantage of the opportunities that were presented. Giving away some easy points at times. The second leg in Italy should be very interesting and we are still in with a chance to go to the final 4.

10-02-2009: Gdansk – Another hard game. The polish league is a tough one as all the teams are capable of winning if you don’t play well. Also they are a team with nothing to lose and were really going for the service. Also I have to say that the lights were not the brightest providing a tough time with reception. We battled through a tough fought 1st set even having set points against us. We proved the stronger at the end of the set. The 2nd was similar to the first as Gdansk played well and took out the set. For the rest of the match our block proved very effective as was our service so the remaining 2 sets were comfortably won. Also my first MVP for the season.

Regards,
Ben

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