Lokomotiv Novosibirsk and Galatasaray HDI Istanbul advanced to the semifinal of Cev Cup 2019/20. team from Siberia won in straight sets vs. Lindemans Aalst to set up an all-Russian semifinal clash with Zenit Saint Petersburg, while Galatasaray emerged victorious from the all-Turkish quarterfinal series against Arkas Izmir.
Having won the first match at home in four sets, Galatasaray secured their spot in the semifinals as soon as they claimed the first two sets of the return leg, but went on to take the victory in a hard-fought tie-break, partially 25:19, 25:21, 14:25, 23:25, 19:17. Arkas’s Yigit Gulmezoglu was the best scorer of the match with 19 points, while Burutay Subasi scored 15 for Galatasaray.
Glenn Hoag, head coach of Arkas Izmir: “Galatasaray played a really good match. The serve and block-defence errors we made cost us a lot. We have to work more to develop our game. We congratulate our opponent! They deserved to qualify to the semifinals.”
Nedim Ozbey, head coach of Galatasaray HDI Istanbul: “It is a big pride for us to see two Turkish flags hanging here. We would like to thank Arkas for their hospitality and friendship. We played well and deserved to win. We are very happy to win against a strong team like Arkas. We continued to play with our young players and managed to win the tie-break with their help. I would like to thank both teams’ fans for the great atmosphere.”
On the other match, Lokomotiv Novosibirsk take a second straight-set victory over Lindemans Aalst, this time in Belgium (25:12, 25:19, 25:23). Konstantin Bakun, who joined the match for the first two sets only, was the top scorer for the winners with 13 points (including three aces), while Polish outside spiker Jakub Rybicki scored the same number of points on the other side of the net.
Geert Walravens, assistant coach of Lindemans Aalst: “We did well in Europe this season, but we met a really strong opponent in the quarterfinals. Now we focus on Belgian competition.”
Roman Martynyuk, libero of Lokomotiv Novosibirsk: “We are really happy to qualify for the semifinals! We keep working hard to perform on several fronts this season.”
The semifinals in the CEV Cup should be played on March 18 and 25. Lokomotiv will welcome Zenit to Novosibirsk for the first game and travel to Saint Petersburg for the second, while Galatasaray are due to host their opponent in the first leg in Turkey.
The second-leg game between Italy’s Leo Shoes Modena and France’s GFC Ajaccio, which was also supposed to be played on Wednesday in Modena and determine the semifinal opponent of Galatasaray, has been postponed to a date yet to be determined.
2020 CEV Volleyball Cup, quarterfinals – 2nd leg
• Hypo Tirol AlpenVolleys Haching – Zenit Saint Petersburg 3-1 (25:22, 23:25, 25:10, 25:15) – 1st leg 2-3
• Leo Shoes Modena – GFC Ajaccio N/D – 1st leg 0-3
Source and Photos: CEV