Cucine Lube Civitanova achieved the second consecutive away victory in Pool A in the 2020 CEV Volleyball Champions League – pool stage even if they were weakened with the absence of the two starters. Besides the injured Iranian international Amir Ghafour, Lube head coach Ferdinando De Giorgi decided to begin the match against Turkish champions Fenerbahçe HDI Sigorta Istanbul without setter Bruno Rezende, who played only few points in the second set. Fenerbahçe managed to exploit the weaknesses of Italian and world champions in the third set but not in the rest of the match: 3-1 (25:15, 25:19, 20:25, 25:17). Cuban-born Yoandy Leal was the top scorer for Lube with 15 points including 5 aces, while the Dutchman Wouter Ter Maat scored 13 points on the other side of the net.
Mariusz Sordyl, coach of Fenerbahce HDI Sigorta Istanbul: “From the beginning, it’s been difficult games for us, especially with the serve and receive area. Lube started to serve very well. We have problems in the second set against all teams. Our team was fighting; I could see positive elements for our team.”
Ogulcan Yatgin, Fenerbahce HDI Sigorta Istanbul: “We knew it would be a difficult match. We tried our best. We’ve fought well but we couldn’t resist their services. I think it was a good match. I congratulate the opponent.”
Polish team Jastrzębski Węgiel easily prevailed over VC Greenyard Maaseik from Belgium in Pool C (3-0) to remain one of the two teams that didn’t concede a single set in the competition so far. The other one is also from Poland, Zaksa Kędzierzyn-Koźle, in Pool E.
Joel Banks, Head Coach of VC Greenyard Maaseik: “We have been beaten by a clearly better opponent. Jastrzębski Węgiel played very good and analysed us very well. Their block-defence was very good. We fought as hard as we could, but if look at the game they were clearly better.”
Graham Vigrass, Middle-blocker of Jastrzębski Węgiel: “It was a good game for us. The Belgian team is good and we had to play well to win like we won tonight. We served very well today and we broke them in reception a little bit. That’s why the game looked easy for us.”
Trento swept Česke Budejovice in straight sets in a match lasted 73 minutes, with 16 points by Vettori and Aaron Russel who did not set foot on the court. This was the second victory for the Italians who will face their compatriots of Civitanova on January 26 to access to the first place of Pool A. (photogallery of the match)
Angelo Lorenzetti, Head Coach of Itas Trentino: “It has probably been one of our best seasonal performances ever, for the spirit we put on the pitch but also for the approach to the game we had. We didn’t make many mistakes and that’s also because we were always ahead in terms of score and then everything became easier. But the team did its best and showed how good they’re doing during the training sessions.”
Tomas Skolka, Assistant Coach of Jihostroj Ceske Budejovice: “Trento is a very strong team, but we did our best. It has been a tough match in all sets and their blocking and serving phases were great.”
Finally, the last match of this third leg was a very tight match in which Tours, who won the Champions League in 2005, managed to get their first victory in the competition on the court of Benfica Lisboa. The Estonian middle blocker of Tours, Timo Tammemaa was the top scorer with 19 points.
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)
Photos: cev.eu, volleytimes