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Champions League: Arcada Galati survive Sastamala and join Jastrzębski Wegiel and Kaposvár in 2nd Round

The three teams went through to the 2nd Round of the 2021 CEV Volleyball Champions League, and all three matches on the last, third day of the 1st Round of the competition were decisive for the progression to the next stage.
Pool B hosts C.S.M. Arcada Galați qualified to the 2nd Round through a dramatic five-sets-game against Finland’s Ford Levoranta Sastamala. The Romanian side saved no less than five match balls before winning the tie-break: 3-2 (28:26, 18:25, 25:13, 23:25, 20:18). The Dutchman Niels Klapwijk led Arcada with 25 points, while Moldovan Vasile Talpă made as many as 8 kill blocks. Croatian Filip Šestan made 87 % reception (40 % excellent).

In a decisive Pool C match for the promotion to the 2nd round, the hosts Jastrzębski Węgiel defeated the Dutch side Draisma Dynamo Apeldoorn in straight sets and thus moved to the next stage of the competition. Interestingly, Polish team’s head coach Luke Reynolds gave the chance to a 15-year-old libero Maksymilian Granieczny to feel the gunpowder of the Champions League. The attendee of the youth team came in at the finish of the third set.

Hungary’s Fino Kaposvár VC repeated a perfect match against Erzeni Shijakut from yesterday and swept Albanian rivals once again to advance to the 2nd Round from Pool A in Zagreb (Croatia).

2021 CEV Volleyball Champions League, qualifications

Pool A | Zagreb | September 22
• Erzeni Shijakut — Mladost Zagabria cancelled (Croatians have several positive results for coronavirus)

September 23 |
Fino Kaposvar — Erzeni Shijakut 3-0 (25:16, 25:19, 25:19)

September 24 |
• Mladost Zagabria – Fino Kaposvar cancelled (Croatians have several positive results for coronavirus)

Tournament 2 (moved from Kaposvar to Zagreb | September 24
Erzeni Shijakut — Fino Kaposvar 0-3 (18:25, 16:25, 15:25)
Top Scorers: Kula 12, Baruti 11; V. Melnikov 14, K. Horvath 10, Bogoly 9, Veletskyi 8.

| Final Standings:
Fino Kaposvar 12
Erzeni Shijakut 6
Mladost Zagabria 0

POOL B | Galati | September 22
OK Ribola Kastela — CSM Arcada Galati 0-3 (0:25, 0:25, 0:25)

September 23 |
Ford Levoranta Sastamala — OK Ribola Kastela 3-0 (25:10, 25:22, 25:17)

September 24 |
CSM Arcada Galati – Ford Levoranta Sastamala 3-2 (28:26, 18:25, 25:13, 23:25, 20:18)
Top Scorers: Klapwijk 25, Bala 22, Sestan 16, Talpa 14, Nalobin 11; Sauss 24, Nikula 23, Makinen 11, Pettersson 9, Karjarinta 6.

| Final Standings:
CSM Arcada Galati 5
Ford Levoranta Sastamala 4
OK Ribola Kastela 0

Pool C | Jastrzebie-Zdroj | September 22
Stroitel Minsk — Jastrzebski Wegiel 0-3 (25:27, 24:26, 14:25)

September 23 |
Draisma Dinamo Apeldoorn — Stroitel Minsk 3-0 (25:23, 25:16, 25:18)

September 24 |
Jastrzebski Wegiel — Draisma Dynamo Aperldoorn 3-0 (25:20, 25:16, 25:17)
Top Scorers: Al Hachdadi 17, R. Szymura 14, Szalacha 11, Wisniewski 8, Louati 8; Rauwerdink 12, Hoogendoorn 9.

| Final Standings:
Jastrzebski Wegiel 6
Draisma Dynamo Aperldoorn 3
Stroitel Minsk 0

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