After the victory in the women’s competition of Imoco Volley Conegliano, also from Italy, in China, Cucine Lube Civitanova won the trophy in the 2019 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Club World Championship in Betim, Brazil!
So, Italian Cucine Lube Civitanova won the title which they had never won before: In the final of the 2019 Club World Championship, they beat three-time champions and a home side of Sada Cruzeiro Vôlei in four sets (25:23, 19:25, 31:29, 25:21). Thus, the trophy in the competition remained in Italy as Itas Trentino took it last year. After losing two finals before, Lube have finally reached the highest step on the podium, less than seven months after winning the CEV Champions League super final in Berlin.
The third set turned out to be crucial because Cruzeiro failed to convert as many as six set points to take the lead in sets of 2-1. Cuban-born duo Osmany Juantorena and Yoandy Leal scored 20 points each for the winners, while Argentinean Facundo Conte scored 21 points for Cruzeiro.
Cucine Lube Civitanova’s head coach Ferdinando De Giorgi: “It’s unbelievable! This has been a perfect season for us and this is a title the team didn’t have, so this is a big victory for us. Sada Cruzeiro is a great team and it was a very tough match, but all of our players helped us to get this win and that makes it even more special.”
Cucine Lube Civitanova’s outside hitter Yoandy Leal: “Sada Cruzeiro played a great match, they deserve all the credit for a great final. They played really well, put a lot of pressure on us, but I think our individual quality made the difference in the end. We deserved to win the way we did. It was fantastic to come back here and see so many people who were part of my story while I played for Sada Cruzeiro.”
Cucine Lube Civitanova’s setter Bruno Rezende: “I’m really happy that my family got to come and support me this week. My dad was here, my mom was here and my sister too. To win a tournament in Brazil and in Minas Gerais, which is one of the states in which volleyball is most popular, it’s a great satisfaction. I could feel the love people have for me even though I never played for Sada Cruzeiro. We deserved this title.”
Sada Cruzeiro Vôlei’s outside hitter Filipe Ferraz: “I think we should be really proud of what we did. We left everything we had in the court and that’s all we can ask for. I think we played a great game tactically and on defense, but their serve makes the different and when they’re on, it’s hard to stop them. That was the case today. But to think that we have several new starters this season and made it this far, that’s promising.”
On the final for third place, Zenit Kazan claimed the bronze medal, beating Qatar’s Al-Rayyan Sports Club in straight sets (25:21, 25:18, 25:17).
Zenit Kazan’s outside hitter Earvin Ngapeth: “We never found our rhythm in this tournament. I don’t know why, but it was really difficult for us to play here, we couldn’t play well. Overall, it was a negative tournament for us, but it was important that we won this match and ended with a medal. Now our next step is to forget what happened here and get back to work.”
Al-Rayyan Sports Club’s opposite Marco Ferreira: “It was a great learning opportunity for all of us. Most of the players in our team had never played in an event of this level, so our commitment was with making the most of this experience, which I think we did. We had good moments, but more importantly we learned things that will help us in the future.”
2019 FIVB Volleyball Club World Championship
3rd place match – Zenit Kazan (RUS) – Al-Rayyan Sports Club 3-0 (25:21, 25:18, 25:17)
Final – Sada Cruzeiro Vôlei – Cucine Lube Civitanova 1-3 (23:25, 25:19, 29:31, 21:25)
Source and photos: clubworldchampionships.2019.men.fivb.com