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Volleyball Continental Leagues 2017 - 2018 Discussion Thread

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VolleyRuller96    126

Luxembourg, January 31, 2018.  Poland’s Asseco Resovia RZESZOW, Turkey’s Ziraat Bankasi ANKARA, France’s GFC AJACCIO VB and MONTPELLIER Volley UC, Italy’s Calzedonia VERONA and Belgium’s  Lindemans AALST all qualified for the quarterfinals of the 2018 CEV Volleyball Cup - Men on Wednesday, joining Russia's Belogorie BELGOROD and Slovenia's ACH Volley LJUBLJANA, who made it among the best eight of the competition on Tuesday.

Here are the full results and the match reports received:

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Asseco Resovia RZESZOW (POL) vs. Vojvodina NS Seme NOVI SAD (SRB) 3-0 (25-20, 28-26, 25-21)

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•    Asseco Resovia RZESZOW quickly gained a five-point advantage, before cruising comfortably to a 25-20 win, shaped up with an attack by Jakub Jarosz, who scored seven times in the first set.
•    In the second set, Vojvodina NS Seme NOVI SAD played much better, but the decisive points were won by the home team, securing progression to the next round with a 28-26 close. Aleksander Śliwka was the best scorer of this set with six points, as many as those scored by Jarosz.
•    In the third set, Vojvodina failed to concentrate. The final point was won by Lukasz Perlowski with a kill block.
•    Jakub Jarosz was the best scorer of the game with 14 points. Miran Kujundzic scored 13 times for Vojvodina.

Dominik Depowski, player of Asseco Resovia RZESZOW: “We played a good match. In two of the sets the opponents fought and were close to winning, but ultimately we emerged victorious and advanced to the next round. We are already focusing on the next match.”

Vuk Todorovic, player of Vojvodina NS Seme NOVI SAD: “Resovia played a very good match. We fought, but that was not enough. Congratulations to Asseco Resovia for the victory and the qualification to the next round. We wish them luck!”

SWD powervolleys DÜREN (GER) vs. Ziraat Bankasi ANKARA (TUR) 2-3 (25-27, 18-25, 25-19, 25-23, 9-15)

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•    The shortest player of Ziraat Bankasi ANKARA, setter Ulaş Kıyak, delivered two crucial blocks at the end of the first set and closed the set at 27-25.
•    Dawid Konarski brought back Ziraat in the second set with his serves. First, he gave his team a 9-8 lead coming back from 3-8 down. Then he helped his side to an 18-14 lead. This helped silence SWD powervolleys DÜREN and decide who is going to the quarterfinals.
•    Both teams resorted to subs from the start of the third set. SWD powervolleys’ defence and blocking were much sharper at the end of the set. So they avoided being swept in straight sets. Although Ziraat Bankasi played with more intensity in the fourth set, the home team kept their courage and managed to force a tie-break. A couple of mistakes by the hosts helped the Turkish squad, playing on a high level anyway. Oleg Antonov sealed the deal with a couple of strong serves.
•    When Konarski served in the second set, it showed that the German side was a bit short-handed, because their two experienced outside hitters Dirk Westphal and Romans Sauss were out. Young guns Karli Allik and Julius Firkal did a good job, but Ziraat had more to offer with German national team player Denys Kaliberda and Oleg Antonov, the new arrival from Italy. 

Gilles Braas, player of SWD powervolleys DÜREN: "We can be proud of our performance. In the first, the third and the fourth sets we showed that we can compete on a very high level, even with some injury problems. To be out of the CEV Cup is painful, but we did not go down without a fight. All of our reserves were motivated and that showed. For sure Ziraat did not want to play a tie-breaker, but we forced them to."

Denys Kaliberda, player of Ziraat Bankasi ANKARA: "It was tough for DÜREN with two outside hitters out. In the first set they really put us to the test. We made too many mistakes. After that we increased the intensity and secured the ticket to the next round. Hats off to DÜREN! They deserved to force us into the tie-break."

GFC AJACCIO VB (FRA) vs. Volley AMRISWIL (SUI) 3-0 (25-11, 25-12, 25-20)

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Report expected...

MONTPELLIER Volley UC (FRA) vs. Shakhtior SOLIGORSK (BLR) 2-3 (25-23, 23-25, 25-21, 23-25, 9-15)

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•    MONTPELLIER Volley UC started the match easily and quickly took the lead. However, on several good series in serving, Shakhtior SOLIGORSK came back. In a beautiful duel, MONTPELLIER won by 25-23 in the end.
•    Shakhtior raised their level and stepped up the pace in the second set. With very good blocking, they won the set by 25-23.
•    The third set was very balanced. Both teams showed some very nice Volleyball. MONTPELLIER chased the attacks and won the set by 25-21, thus qualifying for the quarterfinals.
•    With the stakes off, Shakhtior continued to fight and took control of the fourth set. The young players of MONTPELLIER brought in more energy to tie it at 23-23, but at last a block won the set for the Belarusians - 25-23.
•    Both teams rotated their squads for the tie-breaker, which eventually led Shakhtior to the 3-2 victory in the match.

Davide Saitta, player of MONTPELLIER Volley UC: "We are happy with the qualification. We confirmed our victory in the first match in front of our many supporters. Personally, I am excited to play against an Italian team in the next round."

Viktar Beksha, coach of Shakhtior SOLIGORSK: "The first match was crucial for the outcome of this clash. We wanted to show our true face. I am still satisfied with our performance tonight despite the overall defeat. It was a good experience for my young team."

Calzedonia VERONA (ITA) vs. Dukla LIBEREC (CZE) 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 28-26)

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•    The beginning of the first set was balanced, before Calzedonia VERONA did some good things in blocking for a 10-8 lead, which was then extended to 18-12. Dukla LIBEREC narrowed the gap down with an ace and a block-out - 18-16, but then Tonček Stern became the key player  to carry his team to a 25-19 win.
•    There was no story to tell in the second set - Calzedonia powered to a 17-5 lead. Jan Stokr tried to lessen the damage with his serves - 23-13, but Mitar Tzourits closed the set at 25-16.
•    With qualification guaranteed, Calzedonia played more relaxed in the third set, taking a 12-10 lead thanks to Stephen Maar’s serving and Aleks Grodzanov’s spiking. Dukla did not give up and benefited from Calzedonia’s mistakes to tie at 19-19. Two mistakes in a row by the Czech team ended the tough overtime battle at 28-26 in favour of the home side.
•    Jan Stokr was the best scorer of the match with 13 points for Dukla.

Lindemans AALST (BEL) vs. Posojilnica AICH/DOB (AUT) 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-21)

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After the 3-1 victory that they had claimed two weeks ago in Austria, two sets were enough for Lindemans AALST to qualify for the last eight in the CEV Cup. The hosts cruised to a 25-23, 25-15 and 25-21 victory, much to the delight of the almost 600 fans in attendance. 

Lindemans ran slightly behind at 12-14 and 19-20 in the first set, but after edging ahead at 23-22, they eventually claimed the first set 25-23. Lindemans needed another set to qualify. The home team stuck together, jumping from 8-6 to 16-9 at the second technical time-out. The difference grew to 23-14 as opposite Gert Van Walle scored 18 points and team captain Adrian Staszewski added 15 to the Belgian team’s tally by the end of the match. 

At 2-0, the qualification was in the bag. Coach Johan Devoghel: “The most important thing was not to lose concentration. That is how I wanted it. I decided to replace Gertjan Claes with Antti Mäkinen. In the third set AICH/DOB pressed on until 8-11. However, we wanted to win by 3-0. That was mentally important for competing with leaders Noliko MAASEIK in the national league this coming weekend, especially after they beat Zaksa KEDZIERZYN-KOZLE in the Champions League”. Best scorers for Posojilnica AICH/DOB were Lukasz Wiesze and Michal Petras with eight and seven points, respectively. 

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Luxembourg, January 31, 2018.  Turkey’s Maliye Piyango SK ANKARA, Bulgaria’s MONTANA Volley and Switzerland’s Biogas Volley NÄFELS  became the first three teams to progress to the quarterfinals of the 2018 CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup - Men on Wednesday. They all played tie-breakers in their return matches after having secured their advancement in earlier sets. Russia’s Gazprom-Ugra SURGUT and Belgium’s PAR-KY MENEN also made the best eight after straight-set wins in the second leg of the 8th Finals. In the last game of the day, Portugal’s Sport LISBOA e Benfica took the penultimate quarterfinal spot available, with one more left to be assigned on Thursday.

Here are the full results and the match reports received:

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Stroitel MINSK (BLR) vs. Maliye Piyango SK ANKARA (TUR) 2-3 (24-26, 25-20, 25-15, 19-25, 12-15)

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•    It was the second time in history Maliye Pyango SK ANKARA met Stroitel MINSK in the CEV Challenge Cup. In 2015 Stroitel had also lost the first match in Ankara, but won the Golden Set at home, in Minsk. This time Maliye Piyango took revenge with a 3-2 victory in Belarus.
•    Close to a thousand spectators watched the game at the Uruchje Palace of Sports and offered their noisy support for the players of Stroitel.
•    Oliver Venno was the best scorer of the match with 24 points for Maliye Pyango.
•    Kanstantsin Panasenko was Stroitel’s top scorer with 16 points on his tally.
•    Uladzislau Davyskiba, who is just 17 years old and came in as a sub, also showed a good game.

Aliaksandr Sinhayeuski, coach of  Stroitel MINSK: “Good game! A turning point, of course, was the first set, which we should have won, but we made mistakes and gave it away. In the next two sets we played well. I should say ‘thanks’ to my team becaus we were able to gather up and adequately fix the errors. But we failed in the beginning of the fourth set. We were all so sure that the opponents were weakened and it would come down to a Golden Set, but they are experienced and were able to get together and take the game. I am sorry we could not repeat the success from three years ago. We will continue to work.”

Siarhei Akulich, captain of Stroitel MINSK: “There was no surprise for us about the way the opponents played their game. There was nothing new compared to the last game in Ankara. We were prepared, but the errors we made were our own fault. Too bad we gave away the first set! Then we pulled out the next two sets, but again the errors on our side affected the outcome of tonight’s game.”
 
Foinikas SYROS (GRE) vs. MONTANA Volley (BUL) 3-2 (29-31, 25-22, 23-25, 25-22, 15-12)


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Report expected...

Biogas Volley NÄFELS (SUI) vs. ČEZ KARLOVARSKO (CZE) 3-2 (25-23, 27-29, 25-21, 19-25, 16-14)

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Report expected...

Orion DOETINCHEM (NED) vs. Gazprom-Ugra SURGUT (RUS) 0-3 (20-25, 14-25, 17-25)

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Report expected...

PAR-KY MENEN (BEL) vs. PÄRNU VK (EST) 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-20)

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•    PAR-KY MENEN easily secured the qualification for the quarterfinals by taking set 1 and set 2 each by 25-21.
•    Outside spiker Gilles Vandecaveye played a stunning first set: 80% in attack and 80% in reception.
•    The qualification gave the opportunity to PAR-KY MENEN’s coach Ratko Peris to give all his players opportunities in set 3. 
•    Gilles Vandecaveye topped the charts with 13 points. Kevin Saar and Edvinas Vaškelis were the best scorers for PÄRNU with seven points apiece.
•    PAR-KY MENEN’s quarterfinal opponent (either Greece’s Olympiacos PIRAEUS or Azerbaijan’s Lokomotiv BAKU) will become known on Thursday.

Jelle Sinnesael, captain of PAR-KY MENEN: "It was easier than we thought before the game. Of course, we are stronger in our own town, be we were expecting some revenge after VK PÄRNU lost by 1-3 at home. Nevertheless, we played a very solid game and we are happy we could finish the match in straight sets. We are looking forward to the next round. Hopefully, we can play against Olympiacos, which are a very strong team."

Sport LISBOA e Benfica (POR) vs. CSA Steaua BUCURESTI (ROU) 3-1 (25-19, 19-25, 25-15, 28-26)

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Benfica beat CSA Steaua BUCURESTI 3-1 to progress to the quarterfinals of the Challenge Cup. 

José Jardim, Benfica head coach: “It was a spectacular game, as I expected it would be, and we beat a great team. We played two great Volleyball games. As I told the players before the game, although we delivered a great performance in Romania, we had to raise the level and play even better at home; by not doing so, we would not have been able to beat this opponent.”

Hugo Gaspar, Benfica captain: “We managed to claim a great victory. It was a great fight, a great battle, a great game. It took a lot of soul, a lot of heart, a lot of physical and emotional energy. It was difficult but we secured a great victory against a great team. We all deserve credit for this.”

Bogdan Tanase, Steaua head coach: “First of all, I keep my opinion that Benfica is a very strong team. I respect them. They play very well, they are very experienced but in my opinion, we lost the last set because of a refereeing mistake. Sorry, I respect Benfica but I think this game should have had a fifth set.” 

Nicolae Gabriel Ghionea, Steaua captain:  “We lost the game. In the first set, we had a bad start, also tactically. However, we started to come back right in time, and were able to play better and better. What I did not like was this last set and the last points. I do not know what happened with the referees. In my opinion, they did not judge the last points correctly.”

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YESTERDAY'S RESULTS
 

Znalezione obrazy dla zapytania cev champions league

 

LEG 4

 

GROUP B

:FIN Ford Store Levoranta Sastamala 0-3 :TUR Halkbank Ankara

 

GROUP E

:TUR Arkas Izmir 1-3 :ITA Trentino Diatec

 

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ROUND 1/8, 2nd Leg

:AZELokomotiv Baku 0-3 :GRE Olympiacos Piraeus

 

QUALIFIED TO NEXT ROUND

:GRE Olympiacos Piraeus

 

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TRENTINO Diatec motivated to top pool E at the end of 4th Round, Halkbank ANKARA looking confident towards #CLVolleyM Playoffs 
2018 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Men 

Luxembourg, February 1, 2018. While admitting that the loss in the Italian Cup influenced the team’s start in the match against Arkas IZMIR, TRENTINO Diatec bounced back after the first set, claiming a victory that strengthens their position in Pool E and moves them one step closer towards reaching the Playoffs of the 2018 CEV Champions League. Halkbank ANKARA remain second in pool B with nine points, after defeating Ford Store Levoranta SASTAMALA in straight sets in Turku, Finland. 

Arkas IZMIR (TUR) vs. TRENTINO Diatec (ITA) 1-3 (25-22, 9-25, 17-25, 17-25)

•   Both teams made a good start in the first set, with TRENTINO Diatec being the leading part at the beginning (8-7). However, the home team controlled the rhythm of the first set at the second technical time out, leading 16-12. Arkas IZMIR kept playing the last part of the set well and won 25-22. 
•   TRENTINO Diatec made a perfect start to the second set leading 8-3. Arkas IZMIR tried to show some resistance, but the visitors used their experience and didn't give a chance to the home side, leading 16-7 and finishing the set 25-9. 
•   The team from TRENTINO controlled the third set with the help of their brilliant setter Simone Giannelli and crafty outside hitter Uros Kovacevic, extending the gap throughout the set from 8-4, 16-11 and winning it at 25-17. 
•   The last set repeated the scenario of the third one with TRENTINO working hard to increase their lead at 8-5, 16-10 and 25-17. Nicholas Hoag, outside hitter of TRENTINO Diatec, didn't show any mercy towards his father, Arkas IZMIR coach Glenn Hoag and the Italians won the away game 3-1. Best scorer of the game was Uros Kovacevic with 18 points for TRENTINO Diatec and Nicholas Hoag followed suit with 17. Cuban opposite Michael Sanchez Bozhulev was the best scorer for the home side with 13 points.

Glenn Hoag, coach of Arkas IZMIR: “We started well in the first set and won it in front of our fans. Afterwards TRENTINO started to serve strong and we couldn't show much resistance to this. We played well in some parts of the game but we need some more consistency. We will keep working on this aspect.”

Angelo Lorenzetti, coach of TRENTINO Diatec: “We lost the Italian Cup last weekend and this affected us in the first set. Then my players started focusing on the game and served well, which was the key point of the win. We became even more motivated to reach the first position in our group after Zaksa KEDZIERZYN-KOZLE lost the other day to Noliko MAASEIK.” 

Ford Store Levoranta SASTAMALA (FIN) vs. Halkbank ANKARA (TUR) 0-3 (21-25, 18-25, 21-25)

•  Halkbank ANKARA have qualified to the Playoffs after winning on Thursday against Ford Store Levoranta SASTAMALA in Turku, Finland. 
• Ford Store Levoranta SASTAMALA need two wins in their last two games to have a chance to be among the best three third placed teams across all pools that will qualify to the Playoffs.
• Halkbank ANKARA outside hitters Burutay Subasi, who missed the previous matchup with SASTAMALA in Ankara, and Nemanja Petric showed a great performance. Subasi scored 12 points in two sets and Petric 18. The Turkish team attacked with 61% efficiency, while Petric's attacking performance reached an even higher and more impressive 70% success rate.
• Swedish Erik Sundberg was the best scorer for the home team with 10 points.
• The game was played in Turku with 2,600 local fans supporting SASTAMALA. It was the first ever international Volleyball game held in the recently opened Kupittaa hall. Ford Store Levoranta SASTAMALA won the Finnish Cup just three weeks ago in the same venue.

 

Sami Kurttila, coach of Ford Store Levoranta SASTAMALA: “Halkbank is a really, really good team, they played great Volleyball again today. They attacked amazingly. There was a big difference in aggressiveness on the court. Mostly I am upset about the end of the first set, three mistakes in the end made our work too hard. In the second set we lost our service and reception, but in the third we fought again.”

Mikko Esko, captain of Ford Store Levoranta SASTAMALA: “Halkbank ANKARA were really tough. I think that with this level of performance we would have won matches in our domestic league 3-0. All the respect to the opponent, we can still play better and we are proudly here to fight until the last ball of the last match touches the floor.”

Slobodan Kovac, coach of Halkbank ANKARA: “We showed a good performance, especially in controlling their setter Mikko Esko. We tried to use our good service and made it. I think overall it was a good game from us. We achieved a great result in this game. Every victory is important, and today it was special with this nice atmosphere and our first win away.”

 

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Olympiacos complete Challenge Cup quarterfinal line-up 

 

Luxembourg, February 1, 2018.  Greece’s Olympiacos PIRAEUS became the last known team to secure a ticket to the quarterfinals of the 2018 CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup - Men, where they will play against Belgium’s PAR-KY MENEN for a spot among the best four.

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Lokomotiv BAKU (AZE) vs. Olympiacos PIRAEUS (GRE) 0-3 (12-25, 20-25, 24-26)

•    Olympiacos PIRAEUS once again defeated Azerbaijan’s champions Lokomotiv BAKU in straight sets. The Greeks claimed a 3-0 (25-12, 25-20, 26-24) victory in the away return match. 
•    The visiting team managed to take an early 8-3 lead after blocks by Marcus Böhme and Jeroen Rauwerdink. They were also very effective in serving with Böhme as their main star. Lokomotiv tried to decrease the gap, but the Greeks were incredible, especially in defence, on the way to a 25-12 first set win.
•    Lokomotiv gained a 3-0 lead in the beginning of the second set after some good efforts in attack, but it was Olympiacos who had a one-point lead at the first technical time-out. They widened the gap to 16-11. Amazing blocks by the Greeks proved crucial for the final 25-20 in the second set, which guaranteed their progression to the next round. 
•    Lokomotiv managed to gain some advantage before the first break of the third set (8-6). In the meantime, Olympiacos made some changes in their line-up. Coach Fernando Muñoz Benítez decided to rest some of his key players, but the home side still failed to convert the lead they had towards the end and suffered a 24-26 loss.

Farid Jalalov, coach of Lokomotiv BAKU: “We did everything we could. It is just the difference in class. They were stronger and they deserved to win. This tournament was a big experience for us.”

Fernando Muñoz Benítez, coach of Olympiacos PIRAEUS: “We knew that Lokomotiv play well at home. We had analysed them very well and we played well here as we did in Greece, both technically and tactically. We were better. Our aim is to go as far as possible.” 

 

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Znalezione obrazy dla zapytania cev champions league

CEV CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUND ROBIN STANDINGS

after LEG 4 out of 6
 

 Best 2 teams in each group and the best 2 3-rd placed teams will qualify to the play-offs round 
 

mw = matches won

ml = matches lost

pts = points

sets = sets won:lost

 



GROUP A

 

Standing

Team Name MW (3:2) ML (2:3) PTS Sets
1 :ITA Sir Safety Perugia 4 (2) 0 (0) 10 12:4
2 :ITA Cucine Lube Civitanova 3 (0) 1 (1) 10 11:4
3 :BEL Knack Roeselare 1 (0) 3 (1) 4 5:10
4 :TUR Fenerbahce Istanbul 0 (0) 4 (0) 0

2:12


GROUP B

 

Standing Team Name MW (3:2) ML (2:3) PTS Sets
1 :GER VFB Friedrichshafen  4 (1)  0(0) 11 12:3
2 :TUR Halkbank Ankara 3 (0) 1 (0) 9 10:4
3 :FIN Ford Store Levoranta Sastamala 1 (1) 3 (0) 2 3:11
4 :GRE PAOK Thesaloniki 0 (0) 4 (2) 2 5:12

 

GROUP C
 

Standing Team Name MW (3:2) ML (2:3) PTS Sets
1 :RUS Lokomotiv Novosibirsk 4 (1) 0 (0) 11 12:3
2 :FRA Chaumont VB 52 Haute Marne 2 (1) 2 (1) 6 9:9
3 :POL PGE Skra Belchatow 2 (1) 2 (0) 5 7:9
4 :RUS Dinamo Moscow 0 (0) 4 (2) 2 5:10

 

 

GROUP D

 

Standing Team Name MW (3:2) ML (2:3) PTS Sets
1 :RUS Zenit Kazan 4 (0) 0 (0) 12 12:2
2

:GER Berlin Recycling Volleys

2 (0) 2 (0) 6 7:7
3

:POL Jastrzebski Wegiel

2 (0) 2 (0) 6 6:6
4 :FRA Spacers Toulouse 0 (0) 4 (0) 0 2:12

 

GROUP E

 

Standing Team Name MW (3:2) ML (2:3) PTS Sets
1

:ITA Diatec Trentino

3 (0) 1 (1) 10 11:5
2

:POL Zaksa Kedzierzyn Kozle

3 (1) 1 (1) 9 10:7
3 :BEL Noliko Maaseik 2 (2) 2 (0) 4 7:9
4 :TUR Arkas Izmir 0 (0) 4 (1) 1 3:12

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YESTERDAY'S RESULTS
 

Znalezione obrazy dla zapytania cev champions league

 

LEG 5

 

GROUP A

:BEL Knack Roeselare 0-3 :ITA Cucine Lube Civitanova

 

GROUP B

:GRE PAOK Thesalloniki 3-1 :TUR Halkbank Ankara

 

GROUP C

:POL PGE Skra Belchatow 3-0 :RUS Lokomotiv Novosibirsk

 

GROUP D

:FRA Spacers Toulouse VB 2-3 :POL Jastrzebski Wegiel

 

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PAOK and Skra delight home crowds as #CLVolleyM resumes with fifth round 

Luxembourg, February 13, 2018. PAOK THESSALONIKI and PGE Skra BELCHATOW made full use of the home-court advantage as the pool stage of the 2018 CEV Volleyball Champions League – Men resumed on Tuesday night. The Greek national champions stormed to a 3-1 victory over Halkbank ANKARA to remain in contention for a spot in the Playoffs as PGE Skra routed Lokomotiv NOVOSIBIRSK in three sets to extend their winning streak in Pool C to three matches in a row. Lokomotiv, on the other hand, suffered their first setback in Europe’s elite club competition this season, with their superstar György Grozer leaving the court after the first set and Nikolay Pavlov taking his spot. In Pool A, Cucine Lube CIVITANOVA beat Knack ROESELARE in three sets to fight with their compatriots Sir Colussi Sicoma PERUGIA for first place in the group once these two teams cross swords in about ten days. 

Knack ROESELARE (BEL) vs. Cucine Lube CIVITANOVA (ITA) 0-3 (16-25, 23-25, 23-25) 


•    Knack ROESELARE and Cucine Lube CIVITANOVA played their tenth match in the history of the Champions League. These teams had previously locked horns in the 2016, 2009 and 2007 editions (in 2007 they crossed their ways in the first round and in the Playoffs 6 as well). In all these years, Lube had never been able to claim a victory at Schiervelde Sports Hall.
•    Knack made a terrible start with consecutive mistakes in attack and serve. In no time, the visitors took the lead with 8-2 and 11-3. The home team started to score their first points with an ace from Arno Van de Velde and attacks from Ruben Van Hirtum. However, Lube kept control over the set with Tsvetan Sokolov and Taylor Sander as their best scorers. Finally, the Italians needed four set balls to finish the first set 25-16.
•    Set two brought a more balanced game with 8-7, 14-16 and 20-21 as intermediate scores. Every time Knack Volley could force a small gap, Lube, or read Osmany Juantorena, levelled the score again in no time. Sander and Juantorena finished the set for the visitors (25-23). 
•    Set three looked like a copy of set two. Both teams fought for every ball and the audience at Schiervelde got to enjoy a nerve-wracking spectacle delivered by both teams, with spectacular saves from both outstanding liberos, Stijn Dejonckheere for Knack Volley and Jenia Grebennikov for CIVITANOVA. The tension stayed high until the end but finally Lube finished the set and the match with 25-23. 
•    Matthijs Verhanneman (11 points) and Tsvetan Sokolov / Taylor Sander (13 apiece) top scored for Knack and Lube, respectively. 
 

 

Micah Christenson, setter of Cucine Lube CIVITANOVA: “We expected a difficult match here. Up to now, we were not able to win at Schiervelde. Even not two years ago when we lost 3-1. Knack ROESELARE have a very good defence and the home crowd is bringing a real atmosphere. Luckily, we made a very good start in the first set. After winning that first set, we kept control over the match. Now we are looking ahead for the last match in Pool A in which we will go for the victory against PERUGIA.”

Angel Trinidad de Haro, setter of Knack ROESELARE: “Indeed, our start was terrible. It made it impossible for us to fight back after such a backlog. Even in the other sets, we felt that every small mistake that we made had an immediate effect. Now, we will have to concentrate on our last home match against Fenerbahce SK ISTANBUL to keep our chances to proceed to the next round.”

PAOK THESSALONIKI (GRE) vs. Halkbank ANKARA (TUR) 3-1 (25-16, 16-25, 26-24, 25-20) 

•    PAOK THESSALONIKI celebrated their first victory in this edition of the CEV Volleyball Champions League - Men, beating Halkbank ANKARA 3-1 and keeping alive their hope to qualify to the Playoffs as one of the best third-placed teams across all pools.
•    Despite having setter Matthias Valkiers on the bench due to injury and starting with Athanasios Terzis instead, the Black-and-Whites managed to come from behind (6-10) and win the first set in an emphatic fashion. 
•    The visitors took a slight advantage and got four points ahead right after the first technical time-out (10-6), but Ioannis Takouridis stroke back: three consecutive ace points by the Greek middle blocker made it even (12-12) and PAOK’s rally extended to a 7-0 (15-12) series. 
•    Halkbank ANKARA continued having serious problems in reception and the local side stretched their advantage to seven points (20-13) and ultimately nine (24-15) before the final score stood at 25-16. 
•    The second set had a completely different storyline, as the Turkish team learned from their mistakes. They once again made it first to the technical time-out (8-5) and took it from there to expand their lead to six points (14-8), giving PAOK no chance to fight back and winning easily 25-16. 
•    The third set was the most suspenseful and critical one, as the lead changed hands quite a few times, before it all came down to the final points: with a 22-22 tie on the scoreboard, Burutay Subasi delivered two kills in a row (24-22), but then was blocked by Terzis (24-24). Rafail Koumentakis made it 25-24 for PAOK and Subasi himself had another chance, however he missed target and the set was over (26-24).
•    The Turkish side reacted in a positive way after the loss and caught a flying start into set four, nevertheless it was far from over when they took a 10-5 lead. Greece’s national champions found the way to put extra pressure with their serves before they drew level (12-12) and got ahead by three (18-15). In spite of the visitors’ efforts, Takouridis delivered an important long-fought point (23-19) and Lucas Loh’s missed spike put an end to the match (25-20), much to the joy of the local fans who attended the match at “PAOK Sports Arena”.
•    Legendary Cuban Freddy Brooks, former player and assistant coach of PAOK, attended the match along with his pupils at Kronos Academy, among many other spectators.

 

 

13/02/2018 23:37
PAOK and Skra delight home crowds as #CLVolleyM resumes with fifth round 
2018 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Men 

191502_NIVE9928.JPGLuxembourg, February 13, 2018. PAOK THESSALONIKI and PGE Skra BELCHATOW made full use of the home-court advantage as the pool stage of the 2018 CEV Volleyball Champions League – Men resumed on Tuesday night. The Greek national champions stormed to a 3-1 victory over Halkbank ANKARA to remain in contention for a spot in the Playoffs as PGE Skra routed Lokomotiv NOVOSIBIRSK in three sets to extend their winning streak in Pool C to three matches in a row. Lokomotiv, on the other hand, suffered their first setback in Europe’s elite club competition this season, with their superstar György Grozer leaving the court after the first set and Nikolay Pavlov taking his spot. In Pool A, Cucine Lube CIVITANOVA beat Knack ROESELARE in three sets to fight with their compatriots Sir Colussi Sicoma PERUGIA for first place in the group once these two teams cross swords in about ten days. 

Knack ROESELARE (BEL) vs. Cucine Lube CIVITANOVA (ITA) 0-3 (16-25, 23-25, 23-25) 


•    Knack ROESELARE and Cucine Lube CIVITANOVA played their tenth match in the history of the Champions League. These teams had previously locked horns in the 2016, 2009 and 2007 editions (in 2007 they crossed their ways in the first round and in the Playoffs 6 as well). In all these years, Lube had never been able to claim a victory at Schiervelde Sports Hall.
•    Knack made a terrible start with consecutive mistakes in attack and serve. In no time, the visitors took the lead with 8-2 and 11-3. The home team started to score their first points with an ace from Arno Van de Velde and attacks from Ruben Van Hirtum. However, Lube kept control over the set with Tsvetan Sokolov and Taylor Sander as their best scorers. Finally, the Italians needed four set balls to finish the first set 25-16.
•    Set two brought a more balanced game with 8-7, 14-16 and 20-21 as intermediate scores. Every time Knack Volley could force a small gap, Lube, or read Osmany Juantorena, levelled the score again in no time. Sander and Juantorena finished the set for the visitors (25-23). 
•    Set three looked like a copy of set two. Both teams fought for every ball and the audience at Schiervelde got to enjoy a nerve-wracking spectacle delivered by both teams, with spectacular saves from both outstanding liberos, Stijn Dejonckheere for Knack Volley and Jenia Grebennikov for CIVITANOVA. The tension stayed high until the end but finally Lube finished the set and the match with 25-23. 
•    Matthijs Verhanneman (11 points) and Tsvetan Sokolov / Taylor Sander (13 apiece) top scored for Knack and Lube, respectively. 

 

Micah Christenson, setter of Cucine Lube CIVITANOVA: “We expected a difficult match here. Up to now, we were not able to win at Schiervelde. Even not two years ago when we lost 3-1. Knack ROESELARE have a very good defence and the home crowd is bringing a real atmosphere. Luckily, we made a very good start in the first set. After winning that first set, we kept control over the match. Now we are looking ahead for the last match in Pool A in which we will go for the victory against PERUGIA.”

Angel Trinidad de Haro, setter of Knack ROESELARE: “Indeed, our start was terrible. It made it impossible for us to fight back after such a backlog. Even in the other sets, we felt that every small mistake that we made had an immediate effect. Now, we will have to concentrate on our last home match against Fenerbahce SK ISTANBUL to keep our chances to proceed to the next round.”

PAOK THESSALONIKI (GRE) vs. Halkbank ANKARA (TUR) 3-1 (25-16, 16-25, 26-24, 25-20) 

•    PAOK THESSALONIKI celebrated their first victory in this edition of the CEV Volleyball Champions League - Men, beating Halkbank ANKARA 3-1 and keeping alive their hope to qualify to the Playoffs as one of the best third-placed teams across all pools.
•    Despite having setter Matthias Valkiers on the bench due to injury and starting with Athanasios Terzis instead, the Black-and-Whites managed to come from behind (6-10) and win the first set in an emphatic fashion. 
•    The visitors took a slight advantage and got four points ahead right after the first technical time-out (10-6), but Ioannis Takouridis stroke back: three consecutive ace points by the Greek middle blocker made it even (12-12) and PAOK’s rally extended to a 7-0 (15-12) series. 
•    Halkbank ANKARA continued having serious problems in reception and the local side stretched their advantage to seven points (20-13) and ultimately nine (24-15) before the final score stood at 25-16. 
•    The second set had a completely different storyline, as the Turkish team learned from their mistakes. They once again made it first to the technical time-out (8-5) and took it from there to expand their lead to six points (14-8), giving PAOK no chance to fight back and winning easily 25-16. 
•    The third set was the most suspenseful and critical one, as the lead changed hands quite a few times, before it all came down to the final points: with a 22-22 tie on the scoreboard, Burutay Subasi delivered two kills in a row (24-22), but then was blocked by Terzis (24-24). Rafail Koumentakis made it 25-24 for PAOK and Subasi himself had another chance, however he missed target and the set was over (26-24).
•    The Turkish side reacted in a positive way after the loss and caught a flying start into set four, nevertheless it was far from over when they took a 10-5 lead. Greece’s national champions found the way to put extra pressure with their serves before they drew level (12-12) and got ahead by three (18-15). In spite of the visitors’ efforts, Takouridis delivered an important long-fought point (23-19) and Lucas Loh’s missed spike put an end to the match (25-20), much to the joy of the local fans who attended the match at “PAOK Sports Arena”.
•    Legendary Cuban Freddy Brooks, former player and assistant coach of PAOK, attended the match along with his pupils at Kronos Academy, among many other spectators.

 


Daniele Ricci, head coach of PAOK THESSALONIKI: “We played a good match, against a very strong rival with a budget which is ten times bigger than ours. Maybe it was our best performance so far this season. We managed to play for a long time at a high level. Not at a perfect level, but quite well anyway. This is very important for us, because you cannot win such teams with just 30 minutes of good Volleyball, as we saw on our last home match against VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN. Tonight we did not make too many mistakes and we defended quite well. These are two elements which always are a problem for our team, because of our style of play, but this time we managed to pay more attention and take advantage of ANKARA’s errors.” 

Slobodan Kovac, coach of Halkbank ANKARA: “My players didn’t show the best of their Volleyball tonight. Maybe we were a little relaxed after our previous matches in the Turkish league. PAOK played better than us, especially in attack and high ball.”

PGE Skra BELCHATOW (POL) vs. Lokomotiv NOVOSIBIRSK (RUS) 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-19)

•    “If you want to fall in love with Volleyball, when Valentine’s Day is coming, there is no better place than Energia Hall and no better team to love than PGE Skra,” stated emphatically the President of PGE Skra BELCHATOW Konrad Piechocki, after his team defeated Lokomotiv NOVOSIBIRSK 3-0. 
•    It was the first defeat of the season for the Russian powerhouse in Pool C of the 2018 CEV Volleyball Champions League – Men.  
•    The service was the key for the home team, as PGE Skra’s six players recorded a terrific number of 13 aces. The home team added seven blocks to their tally, while Lokomotiv recorded four aces and just two blocks.
•    Srecko Lisinac was the best scorer of the night with 15 points (12/16 in attack). Mariusz Wlazly added 11 and Bartosz Bednorz 10. 
•    György Grozer killed only three of seven attacks and did not come back to the court after the first set, with Nikolay Pavlov (9/13) taking his spot and the German superstar enjoying some rest. The second opposite of Lokomotiv did not receive much support from the rest of the team.
•    PGE Skra began this year’s campaign with two losses but have now claimed three wins in a row. Lokomotiv NOVOSIBIRSK, on the other hand, had lost only three sets in four matches before their visit to Belchatow. 

 

 


“We are extremely disappointed. It was the same match like the reverse fixture in Novosibirsk, but the roles changed,” stated Grozer, who had previously played many times at Energia Hall with Asseco Resovia RZESZOW. “When I last visited Belchatow, we won the Polish national league but today it was different. PGE Skra played on a very high level in all elements of the game and we could not cause any problems to the home team. They deserved this victory.” 

His coach Plamen Konstantinov was another disappointed man, and he knows Belchatow very well too since he played here with JASTRZEBSKI Wegiel. “It was another painful defeat for me here. I am not happy but such matches happen. Our position in the pool is still good.”

Konstantinov played versus Mariusz Wlazly and Michal Winiarski in the 2006 World Championships semi-final more than ten years ago in Japan and suffered a setback there as well. Winiarski is currently the assistant coach of PGE Skra. “We motivated our players all the time since the weekend. We were extremely focused and we believed in ourselves; we knew exactly what to do and we did it. The service was the key, but not the only one. We prepared our players for another small final and they won it,” said the former outside hitter of PGE Skra.

“Everything is in our hands; we came back and have good chances to qualify to the Playoffs. We will have another small final in two weeks’ time in France,” Winiarski concluded referring to the last match in the pool with CHAUMONT VB 52 Haute Marne. 

Spacer’s TOULOUSE VB (FRA) vs. JASTRZEBSKI Wegiel (POL) 2-3 (17-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-23, 12-15)

•    The Spacer’s TOULOUSE played their third tiebreak in 10 days and eventually claimed their first point in Pool D despite losing to their visitors from Poland.
•    JASTRZEBSKI Wegiel managed to open the match in emphatic style by winning the first set by 25-17. They did so especially with their good blocks and serves. Spacer’s TOULOUSE middle blocker Barthélémy Chinenyeze and captain Diogenes Zagonel were able to close the deficit a bit at 14-18 but the visitors could count on their excellent setter Lukas Kampa to pull out a 25-17 win. 
•    The second set followed a similar plot with Chinenyeze and Luka Basic fighting to keep the home side in contention. Basic moved the score to 21-all with two consecutive blocks but JASTRZEBSKI Wegiel were able to seal a 25-22 win. 
•    The hosts fought their way back in the third and fourth sets, levelling the match. 
•    The visitors claimed an early two-point lead in the fifth set and were able to hold on to it to secure a 3-2 victory. 

 

 

Diogenes Zagonel, captain of Spacer’s TOULOUSE: “We are lucky to be able to play such a match and to measure ourselves against such teams. For me, it is a dream come true and everyone needs to take advantage of these moments and enjoy them to the fullest. The match against the Polish team allowed us to play free from any pressure. I am proud of my team that fought up until the end of the tiebreak.”

Miguel Angel de Amo, setter of Spacer’s TOULOUSE: “There was a lot of fighting and quality Volleyball without giving up on our part. It was good for our fans who have been following us since the beginning of the season despite our disappointing results. We fought all the way until the tiebreak that we hoped to win.”
 
Ferdinando De Giorgi, head coach of JASTRZEBSKI Wegiel: “The staff and I advised the team that we needed to have quality in our play. Today we were not able to maintain this quality from start to end, and the match became more complicated because TOULOUSE played with courage and never gave up. Now we are waiting for the result of the match between the BR Volleys and Zenit KAZAN and we are preparing for a “final” when we play our last match in the pool in Berlin in ten days.”  

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TODAY'S SCHEDULE
 

Znalezione obrazy dla zapytania cev champions league

 

LEG 5

 

POOL B

:GER VFB Friedrichshafen - :FIN Ford Store Levoranta Sastamala

 

POOL C

:RUS Dinamo Moscow - :FRA Chaumont VB 52 Haute-Marne

 

POOL D

:GER Berlin Recycling Volleys - :RUS Zenit Kazan

 

POOL E

:POL Zaksa Kedzierzyn Kozle - :ITA Diatec Trentino

:TUR Arkas Izmir - :BEL Noliko Maaseik

 

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QUARTERFINALS, 1st Leg

:RUS Belogorie Belgorod - :SLO Ach Volley Ljubljana

:POL Asseco Resovia Rzeszów - :FRA GFC Ajaccio

:ITA Calzedonia Verona - :FRA Montpellier UC

 

 

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QUARTERFINALS, 1st Leg

:SUI Biogas Volleys Nafael - :RUS Gazprom Urga Surgut

:TUR Maliye Piyango SK Ankara - :BUL Montana

:ITA Bunge Ravenna - :POR Benfica Lisboa

:BEL PAR-ky Menen - :GRE Olympiacos Piraeus

 

Watch games at: https://www.laola1.tv/en-int/channel/volleyball

 

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VolleyRuller96    126

YESTERDAY'S RESULTS
 

Znalezione obrazy dla zapytania cev champions league

 

LEG 5

 

POOL B

:GER VFB Friedrichshafen 3-0 :FIN Ford Store Levoranta Sastamala

 

POOL C

:RUS Dinamo Moscow 3-1 :FRA Chaumont VB 52 Haute-Marne

 

POOL D

:GER Berlin Recycling Volleys 1-3 :RUS Zenit Kazan

 

POOL E

:POL Zaksa Kedzierzyn Kozle 3-2 :ITA Diatec Trentino

:TUR Arkas Izmir 0-3 :BEL Noliko Maaseik

 

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QUARTERFINALS, 1st Leg

:RUS Belogorie Belgorod 3-0 :SLO Ach Volley Ljubljana

:POL Asseco Resovia Rzeszów  3-0 :FRA GFC Ajaccio

:ITA Calzedonia Verona 3-1 :FRA Montpellier UC

 

 

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QUARTERFINALS, 1st Leg

:SUI Biogas Volleys Nafael 1-3 :RUS Gazprom Urga Surgut

:TUR Maliye Piyango SK Ankara 3-0 :BUL Montana

:ITA Bunge Ravenna 3-1 :POR Benfica Lisboa

:BEL PAR-ky Menen 1-3 :GRE Olympiacos Piraeus

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