The italian side Sir Sicoma Monini Perugia continued to score three points in the 2020 CEV Volleyball Champions League: they recorded the third consecutive victory in Pool D, this time winning in front of nearly 6,000 spectators in the Polish capital against Verva Warszawa Orlen Paliwa in four sets (25:17, 23:25, 25:21, 26:24). Interestingly, Perugia head coach Vital Heynen commanded his first official match in Poland after taking over the bench of the country’s national team, while another member of Poland national team, Wilfredo León, was the top scorer of the match, scoring 25 points for Perugia. Bartosz Kwolek scored 14 points for Warszawa, who already have two defeats in the pool.
Wilfredo León, player of Sir Sicoma Monini PERUGIA: “This was not an easy match for us. We played a tough game with MODENA two days ago only and did not have much time to rest. We proved that despite that we can maintain a high level of performance. I’m happy that I was able to do my best. The COS Torwar is a beautiful hall, however it’s not an easy hall to play in and WARSZAWA did not make it easy for us either.”
Aleksandar Atanasijević, opposite hitter of Sir Sicoma Monini PERUGIA: “We are very happy about the victory as the result confirms we are the clear leaders of Pool D. After this result people may think that the qualification for the quarterfinals is very close, but the reality is that it is not booked yet. We must absolutely win the rematches in January and February.”
Andrea Anastasi, head coach of Verva WARSZAWA Orlen Paliwa: “Since PERUGIA are one of the strongest teams in Europe at the moment, we prepared for this match very thoroughly. In the fourth set, we put up a fight and were close too, but we were not able to cause a sensation as we did in the second set. We hope that our supporters had a lot of fun during this match.”
Bartosz Kwolek, player of Verva WARSZAWA Orlen Paliwa: “We played good volleyball today. The end of the fourth set was really close, but we had a problem to stop Wilfredo León. He made the difference in every set, so he was the real man of the match tonight.”
In Pool E, Serbian Vojvodina NS Seme Novi Sad bounced back from 0-2 against Knack Roeselare from Belgium but had no strength to completely turn the match around.
Siniša Gavrancic, head coach of Vojvodina NS Seme NOVI SAD: “I have said before that I am sure we have the quality to fight in the Champions League . That’s what we showed in this match and I believe it will be even better. I am sorry we did not win.”
Andreas-Dimitrios Fragkos, player of Knack ROESELARE: “It was a difficult match, we were leading 2-0, but the young home team host put up a good fight and showed great quality. We made fewer mistakes in the important moments, and this decided the outcome of the match.”
Fakel Novy Urengoy avenged countrymen Kuzbass Kemerovo and beat ACH Volley Ljubljana in Pool B.
Matija Pleško head coach of ACH Volley: “We played point-by-point. We made some stupid mistakes in the first set, but we won it. In the second set, we made some serious mistakes at the beginning. We spent a lot of energy to catch up with the Russian team. Kliuka and Padar played very physical volleyball today, and we did not find the answers against these two guys.”
Sergey Antipkin, setter of Fakel: “We are very happy to win. The game was a difficult one. The opponent is well trained. ACH Volley have a very good opposite. In the second set, we were able to put more pressure with our serve, made fewer mistakes and after that, the game became much easier.”
2020 CEV Volleyball Champions League, pool stage – Round 3
Fenerbahçe HDI Sigorta Istanbul (TUR) – Cucine Lube Civitanova (ITA) 1-3 (15:25, 19:25, 25:20, 17:25)
Itas Trentino (ITA) – Jihostroj České Budějovice (CZE) 3-0 (25:11, 25:16, 25:21) —PHOTOGALLERY—
Fakel Novy Urengoy (RUS) – ACH Volley Ljubljana (SLO) 3-1 (24:26, 25:20, 25:19, 25:16)
Berlin Recycling Volleys (GER) – Kuzbass Kemerovo (RUS) 1-3 (17:25, 23:25, 25:19, 19:25)
Halkbank Ankara (TUR) – Zenit Kazan (RUS) 1-3 (26:24, 23:25, 20:25, 22:25)
Jastrzębski Węgiel (POL) – VC Greenyard Maaseik (BEL) 3-0 (25:17, 25:20, 25:21)
Verva Warszawa Orlen Paliwa (POL) – Sir Sicoma Monini Perugia (ITA) 1-3 (17:25, 25:23, 21:25, 24:26)
Benfica Lisboa (POR) – Tours VB (FRA) 1-3 (20:25, 25:20, 22:25, 18:25)
Vojvodina NS Seme Novi Sad (SRB) – Knack Roeselare (BEL) 2-3 (21:25, 20:25, 25:22, 25:22, 12:15)
VFB Friedrichshafen (GER) – Zaksa Kędzierzyn-Koźle (POL) 0-3 (23:25, 22:25, 20:25)
Source and photos: cev.eu