Champions League: Golden Sets launch Vojvodina Novi Sad and Mladost Zagreb to 3rd Round
Golden Sets were deciders in the first two rematches of the 2nd Round of the 2020 CEV Volleyball Champions League.
At home, Serbian titleholders Vojvodina NS Seme Novi Sad bounced back from a straight-set defeat vs. Romanian side C.S. Municipal Arcada Galați in the first leg. Yesterday they recorded a four-set victory and pushed the match to the Golden Set in which they were the better side: 3-1 (25:20, 21:25, 25:21, 25:22), Golden Set (15:11). Thus, the only team that represents Serbia in any of the European cups this season has progressed to the 3rd Round!
Aleksandar Blagojević was the top scorer for the winners with 26 points, while Nemanja Mašulović impressed in the block: 9 winning blocks for him! The Dutchman Niels Klapwijk scored 19 points for Arcada, including 4 aces, while Estonian Kristo Kollo made 84% reception (19 digs, 26% excellent).
On the other yesterday’s match, SK Zadruga Aich/Dob failed to repeat the stunt that Vojvodina made in their face-off. Austrian team fought hard against croatian Mladost Zagreb to earn the right to play Golden Set valid for advancing to the next round, but lost it. In the first leg it was 3-1 for Mladost, yesterday it was the same outcome but into the favor of Aich/Dob. As for the Golden Set, Mladost dominated in it and eliminated big MEVZA rivals. Marino Marelić led the ultimate winners with 24 points, while Slovakian Peter Mlynarčík scored 31 points for Austrians.
2020 CEV Volleyball Champions League – 2nd Round (2nd leg)
Vojvodina NS Seme Novi Sad (SRB) – C.S. Municipal Arcada Galați (ROU) 3-1 (25:20, 21:25, 25:21, 25:22), Golden Set (15:11), 1st leg 0-3
SK Zadruga Aich/Dob (AUT) – Mladost Zagreb (CRO) 3-1 (26:28, 25:18, 28:26, 25:23), Golden Set (9:15), 1st leg 1-3
OK Budva (MNE) – Benfica Lisboa (POR), 1st leg 0-3
Ford Store Levoranta Sastamala (FIN) – Shakhtior Soligorsk (BLR), 1st leg 0-3
Source & photos: cev.eu