27 January 2023


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Challenge Cup: Allianz Milano and Sporting Club Lisboa complete the picture of semifinals!

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Italy’s Allianz Powervolley Milano and Portugal’s Sporting Club Lisboa advanced to the semifinals of the CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup 2020 and will face each other in a two-game to determine one of the finalists in the tournament.
Sporting Club Lisboa took only 67 minutes to record a clear straight sets victory (25:18, 25:18, 25:21) victory over visitors Penzugyor Budapest. Having also won the first game in Hungary in five sets, the team from Portugal’s capital reached the semifinals of the Challenge Cup for the second year in a row. Angel Dennis was the top scorer for the winners and of the match with 21 points, while Daniel Kiss was Penzugyor’s most prolific player with 12 points.

On the other match, Allianz Powervolley Milano managed another three-point victory, this time in four sets (21:25, 25:22, 25:21, 25:18). Dutch opposite Nimir Abdel-Aziz top-scored for the winners with 28 points.

Nemanja Petric, outside hitter of Allianz Powervolley Milano: “It was a unique situation as we played both matches for two days in a row in Saaremaa. These were not easy games for us, especially today as the opponent played on a good level. Saaremaa started better today, their service and reception were much better than yesterday. Luckily, we were able to bring our best effort from the second set and secure the victory.

Ioannis Kalmazidis, head coach of Saaremaa VC: “It was a good effort from us; we played on a high level – two and a half sets yesterday and two sets today but it was not enough, because Milano is an experienced team that plays on a very high level. I like the fact that we put them under pressure today by winning the first set and that the second was close too. This is a good step for the club and for the team, I am happy for the team.”

In the other CEV Challenge Cup semifinal series, the duel for a spot in the big final will be between France’s Rennes Volley 35 and Turkey’s Spor Toto SC Ankara, both qualified on Wednesday. According to the preliminary schedule, the semifinal playoffs should be played on March 19 and 26, with Allianz Powervolley and Rennes Volley 35 hosting the first-leg duels.

Source and photos: CEV

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