MKB Euroleasing Expect 'Hard Game' In Venice

22 October 2008

MKB Euroleasing Sopron will be gunning for a second straight victory at the start of the EuroLeague Women campaign but they are expecting a much rougher ride in Venice, Italy, on Wednesday when they go up against Umana Reyer.

The Hungarian outfit pulled off a surprisingly easy 86-71 triumph at TTT Riga in Latvia in their opener last week, but Umana Reyer also won impressively away from home, 77-68 at last season's beaten finalists Gambrinus Sika Brno.

Norbert Székely, the coach of MKB Euroleasing, said: "Venezia is a TEAM. Their defense is similar to ours. We have to be creative, and have to look for (Simona) Ballardini and (Vanessa) Hayden."

Ballardini had 13 points and Hayden 10 along with 10 rebounds in the win at Gambrinus.

"It will be a hard game," Székely said. "It could be a big help that our fans will be there."

Indeed, Sopron expect many of their supporters to travel to Venice from Hungary to cheer on the team.

Székely does have some concerns about the health of his players.

Serbia international power forward Jelena Milovanovic, who had nine points at Riga, hasn't been able to practice for a few days because of back problems while most of the girls were feeling unwell on Sunday and Monday although they were able to train.

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