After the hosts of Sada Cruzeiro, Cucine Lube Civitanova earned a place in the final of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Club World Championship in Betim, Brazil. European champions will play their third successive Club World Championship final: they swept the Qatari side and also Asian champions, Al-Rayyan Sports Club, in straight sets (25:21, 25:22, 25:23) and will play a home team of Sada Cruzeiro Vôlei (who defeat Russian powerhouse Zenit Kazan) for the gold medal.
Cuban-born Yoandy Leal led Lube with 18 points and was the only double-digit player on the Italian side. Portuguese Marco Ferreira scored 10 points on the other side. Iranian opposite Amir Ghafour debuted for Lube in the competition because he had just recovered from an injury but he played only the first set.
2019 FIVB Volleyball Club World Championship – semifinals
(2) Sada Cruzeiro Vôlei (BRA) – (3) Zenit Kazan (RUS) 3-0 (25:21, 25:22, 25:23)
(1) Cucine Lube Civitanova (ITA) – (4) Al-Rayyan Sports Club (QAT) 3-0 (25:21, 25:22, 25:23)
3rd place match
Zenit Kazan (RUS) – Al-Rayyan Sports Club, 13:30 CET
Sada Cruzeiro Vôlei – Cucine Lube Civitanova, 16:30 CET
Source and photo: clubworldchampionships.2019.men.fivb.com