14 April 2021

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Champions League: ZAKSA continue to win without losing a single set, Berlin can’t compete with Russian teams, Kazan ok

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ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle continued its series of wins in the 2020 CEV Volleyball Champions League without losing a single set: this time they beat VfB Friedrichshafen on the road in straight sets in the third round of the Pool E of thr competition. Thus, not only the Polish champions remained unbeaten in the competition so far, but also remained the only team that didn’t concede a single set! ZAKSA recorded victory even though they came to Germany without two starters players: Łukasz Kaczmarek and Piotr Łukasik. Italian Simone Parodi and Hungarian Árpád Baróti were ZAKSA’s top scorers with 16 points each, while North Macedonian Nikola Gjorgiev scored 15 points for Friedrichshafen.

German champions Berlin Recycling Volleys are helpless against Russian teams this season: after losing vs. Fakel Novy Urengoy, a week ago, they now lost to the Russian titleholders Kuzbass Kemerovo in four sets. The encounter was played in Pool B.

Reactions:
Jeffrey Jendryk, BERLIN Recycling Volleys middle blocker: “Kuzbass served and received really well. They are a strong team and they knew how to show that today in front of our home crowd. In the third set we were aggressive enough to battle with them. But at the end we had to deal with a well-serving outside spiker Karpukhov, who decided this match.”

Cedric Enard, BERLIN RECYCLING Volleys head coach: “It’s tough because the frustration is high today. We had a bad start and were not ready to fight. During the third set we managed to find our passion together with our spectators. They pushed us really well but finally our reception was not as good as it should have been.”

In the Turkish capital, six-time European champions Zenit Kazan won in four sets vs. Halkbank (24:26, 25:23, 25:20, 25:22), their first win of the season, after their opening match defeat in Belgium to VC Greenyard MAASEIK. Maxim Mikhailov led the Russian side with 26 points and Bulgarian Tsvetan Sokolov added 21.

Reactions:
Taner Atik, Halkbank ANKARA head coach: “What was good was our block and our defence. It is not easy to play against this kind of a strong team. They have very good service. They used their talents better than us. I congratulate them and also my players because they did a good job tonight.”

Efe Bayram, Halkbank ANKARA outside hitter: “Tonight our game was good. We are not happy with the result, but we know they are stronger. They are the strongest team. We had good reception and good attack for the first two sets. Anyway it was a good spectacle for the fans.”

Alexey Verbov, Zenit KAZAN head coach: “Today’s was a very tough match – not so easy for us. We are not in a very good shape. We have been travelling too much lately and the team is not 100% ready. We had two players who twisted their ankles. I want to say very good words for the Turkish team. They played very well. We lost concentration, but I am still happy that we won. Now we want to return home and we will play against Kuzbass in our league and will have some time to rest before the other important matches start.”

Tsvetan Sokolov, Zenit KAZAN opposite: “I think we did not play our best game. It was a little difficult today, but the most important thing was that we won. I am very happy to meet meet again with my former team. Now we have to get ready for the Russian Cup which is very difficult also.”

2020 CEV Volleyball Champions League, pool stage – Round 3

POOL A

December 19:
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

POOL B

December 17:
Fakel Novy Urengoy (RUS) – ACH Volley Ljubljana (SLO) 3-1 (24:26, 25:20, 25:19, 25:16)

December 18:
Berlin Recycling Volleys (GER) – Kuzbass Kemerovo (RUS) 1-3 (17:25, 23:25, 25:19, 19:25)

POOL C

December 18:
Halkbank Ankara (TUR) – Zenit Kazan (RUS) 1-3 (26:24, 23:25, 20:25, 22:25)

December 19:
Jastrzębski Węgiel (POL) – VC Greenyard Maaseik (BEL) 3-0 (25:17, 25:20, 25:21)

POOL D

December 17:
Verva Warszawa Orlen Paliwa (POL) – Sir Sicoma Monini Perugia (ITA) 1-3 (17:25, 25:23, 21:25, 24:26)

December 19:
Benfica Lisboa (POR) – Tours VB (FRA) 1-3 (20:25, 25:20, 22:25, 18:25)

POOL E

December 17:
Vojvodina NS Seme Novi Sad (SRB) – Knack Roeselare (BEL) 2-3 (21:25, 20:25, 25:22, 25:22, 12:15)

December 18:
VFB Friedrichshafen (GER) – Zaksa Kędzierzyn-Koźle (POL) 0-3 (23:25, 22:25, 20:25)

Source and photos: cev.eu

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