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02/03/2015 15:06
Rote Raben do not feel any pressure against BURSA, will try to seize their chance in Challenge Cup quarter-finals
2015 CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup - Women

Vilsbiburg, Germany, March 2, 2015. Germany’s Rote Raben VILSBIBURG are looking forward to the first leg of their 2015 CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup quarter-final against Turkey’s BURSA BBSK on Wednesday night. Playing home at the Ballsporthalle the Rote Raben players want to achieve a solid result to keep all of their chances alive for the re-match that will follow one week later in Turkey.

Basically the ladies from Vilsbiburg do not consider themselves as the pre-favourites against BURSA, a team from the highly competitive Turkish league. But the Rote Raben, coached by 27-year-old Jonas Kronseder, want to seize their international chance and – as a first step – show a good performance in their home game.

What makes the VILSBIBURG team and its supporters quite optimistic, are the latest results they have achieved at national level. They won their last four games in the German Bundesliga and this positive series also includes a victory in game 1 of the Pre-Playoffs with VT Aurubis HAMBURG (see picture). So VILSBIBURG is just one more win away from making the quarter-finals.

The Rote Raben team for sure does not feel any pressure in the upcoming matches against BURSA BBSK. “We are really looking forward to this game, we will give our very best and see what happens“, says coach Kronseder. He watched several video tapes of the Turkish rival and was mostly impressed by their opposite Meryem Boz. “I think we must try to resist her offensive power as good as possible but that will not be an easy task,” he adds. VILSBIBURG itself faces the situation of having one or two middle blockers missing the home match on Wednesday. Celin Stöhr suffers from pneumonia and so did Nikol Sajdova who came back to practice only at the beginning of this week.
And it’s interesting enough to take a look at the size of the two cities where the quarter-final rivals come from. Some two million people live in Bursa, while the small city of Vilsbiburg just counts about 11,000 inhabitants.

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