Champions League Women | 5 Nov 2023
ETIVAL ASRTT secured points in Austria
ETIVAL ASRTT emerged successfully in the second match of the Champions League Women against LINZ AG Froschberg in Austria. The French club secured a straight match victory.
Still recovering from an injury, Sofia POLCANOVA fought hard against Marie MIGOT but lost in a closely contested match.
"Sofia is struggling to come back after a serious injury, and I admire her courage. I hope she will make a full recovery soon," said MIGOT.
Hana MATELOVA was absent from the French team, but ETIVAL managed to secure a very important win.
"We didn't expect a 3-0 victory against such a strong team. We beat them once two years ago with a 3-1 score, but winning 3-0 now, and doing it without Hana, is a big surprise even for us," said MIGOT. "Even now, I can't say how I beat POLCANOVA in the opening match. I was lucky to have the service at 5-5 in the decisive game. I used it, but it was a very close and nervous game."
MIGOT also had some internal struggles.
"Last week, I lost to Singapore's ZHENG Jian 9-11 in the last game, and I think my mindset was absolutely wrong. I thought I wasn't good enough to beat her. Now, again, that little voice came to me to warn me that Sofia is better, but I gave my best to overcome it. I was fighting against that voice."
With a 1-0 lead, ETIVAL paved the path to success. Next in line to create an upset was SHAO Jieni.
"She had a very tough adversary, very aggressive... SHAO was simply better tonight. Camelia played superbly against NOSKOVA, so I can only say that we showed amazing teamwork. However, this is only the beginning, this is our first match, and there is a long way to go."
In their next match, LINZ AG Froschberg will play against GRAND-QUEVILLY ALCL in France on November 21st. In their first match, the French club recorded a 3-2 win.
LINZ AG Froschberg - ETIVAL ASRTT 0-3
Sofia POLCANOVA – Marie MIGOT 2-3 (6-11, 11-8, 9-11, 12-10, 5-6)
Suthasini SAWETTABUT – SHAO Jieni 0-3 (10-12, 5-11, 3-11)
Yana NOSKOVA – Camelia IACOB 0-3 (8-11, 8-11, 4-11)