The CEV Champions League group stage has been started yesterday. Zaksa and BR Volleys opened the season in #CLVolleyM with 3-0 wins!
Zaksa hosted the Serbian representatives Vojvodina Novi Sad and defeated them in straight sets 25:20, 25:21, 25:21. It was a good performance by the Serbian team but the Polish side controlled the situation during the entire match.
Arpad Baroti was the best scorer in Zaksa with 16 points, while Simone Parodi also contributed with 15. In Vojvodina, Aleksandar Blagojevic had the best display, finishing the match with 17 points.
Sinisa Gavrancic, head coach of Vojvodina NS Seme NOVI SAD: “We showed that we deserved the promotion to the group stage. Although ZAKSA was better, I am happy with my players’ performance.”
Nikola Grbic, head coach of Zaksa KEDZIERZYN KOZLE: “We played without a few injured players and we had an opportunity to check a few substitutes in the game against my compatriots.”
BR Volleys have also opened its Champions League campaign with a 3-0 victory over ACH Volley. The Slovenian side gave a huge resistance, especially in the third set but they couldn’t extend the match. Benjamin Patch was the best scorer for the winners with 17 points, while Bozidar Vucicevic scored 15 points on the other side.
Cedric Enard, head coach of BERLIN Recycling Volleys: “I’m very happy with our performance. The victory is the perfect start, but it was only the beginning of the pool phase. We are still underdogs. Anyway, we showed that we could become dangerous for our upcoming opponents.”
Benjamin Patch, player of BERLIN Recycling Volleys: “The support of our fans was outstanding today. There was so much positive energy around us. In order to be successful in the Champions League, we need all of our 13 players. A tied set is important for the progress of our game; it helps us to gain strength.”
2020 Volleyball CEV Champions League, pool stage – Round 1
Fenerbahçe HDI Sigorta Istanbul (TUR) – Jihostroj České Budějovice (CZE) 2-3 (20:25, 25:21, 25:17, 21:25, 12:15)
January 26, 2020:
Cucine Lube Civitanova (ITA) – Itas Trentino (ITA) 3-0 (25:21, 25:18, 25:15)
Berlin Recycling Volleys (GER) – ACH Volley Ljubljana (SLO) 3-0 (25:21, 25:14, 26:24)
Kuzbass Kemerevo (RUS) – Fakel Novy Urengoy (RUS) 3-0 (26:24, 25:21, 25:18)
Halkbank Ankara (TUR) – VC Greenyard Maaseik (BEL) 2-3 (25:20, 25:23, 27:29, 20:25, 10:15)
Zenit Kazan (RUS) – Jastrzębski Węgiel (POL) 2-3 (25:18, 16:25, 25:20, 22:25, 14:16)
Verva Warszawa Orlen Paliwa (POL) – Tours VB (FRA) 3-0 (25:15, 25:22, 25:23)
Sir Sicoma Monini Perugia (ITA) – Benfica Lisboa (POR) 3-1 (25:18, 24:26, 25:15, 25:19)
Zaksa Kędzierzyn-Koźle (POL) – Vojvodina NS Seme Novi Sad (SRB) 3-0 (25:20, 25:21, 25:21)
VFB Friedrichshafen (GER) – Knack Roeselare (BEL) 0-3 (23:25, 21:25, 15:25)
Source and Photos: CEV