All the names of all semifinalists of the 2021 Volleyball CEV Cup are known.
Russia’s Dinamo Moscow swept Romania’s C.S.M. Arcada Galați in straight sets, led by Bulgarian Tsvetan Sokolov author of 17 points, collected through an 81% (13/16) attack.
Konstantin Brianskii, head coach of Dinamo: “I am very happy with this victory and I wish to share this joy with all of Dinamo’s fans. We played a very good match and we performed better than our opponent did in all aspects of the game. We are slowly finding back our shape after the period of quarantine. In the next couple of weeks we will be playing three, four matches against some of the top teams in the Russian Superleague.”
Mostly thanks to Canadian Ryan Sclater, author of 14 points, 71 % attack; 12/17, France’s Montpellier Castelnau UC didn’t have much trouble surpassing Serbia’s OK Niš in the quarterfinal encounter on their home soil.
Javier Augusto Gonzalez Paton, captain of Montpellier Castelnau UC: “We are very happy with this victory and we hope to continue the same way regardless of which team we will be playing in the semi-finals. We must be ready to fight.”
Dragan Svetozarevic, head coach of OK Nis: “We are disappointed with the result but happy with the fact that we fought from start to end against a strong team such as MONTPELLIER. I wish to thank those involved in the organisation of these matches. We remain positive, travel home and resume training for the rest of the season.”
Belgium’s VC Greenyard Maaseik overcame Spain’s CV Guaguas Las Palmas in five sets in 133 minutes of a play in Las Palmas to complete the semifinal lineup. Jolan Cox made 19 points on the winning side while Pieter Verhees set up 5 blocks, and the Dutchman Just Dronkers had 83 % reception (53 % excellent). Maaseik will face Russia’s Zenit Saint Petersburg, who progressed yesterday in the semifinals.
📌| CEV Cup 2020/21 | 1/8 Finals
🗓| December 15
IBB Polonia London – OK Nis NIS 1-3
Mladi Radnik Pozarevac – Montpellier Castelnau UC 0-3
Zenit St. Petersburg – Hebar Pazardzhik 3-1
VK Dukla Liberec – Stroitel Minsk 3-0
VC Greenyard Maaseik – Spor Toto Ankara 3-0
CV Guaguas Las Palmas – Galatasaray Istanbul 3-1
🗓| December 16
📌| CEV Cup 2020/21 | 1/4 Finals
🗓| December 16
🗓| December 17
C.S.M. Arcada Galati – Dinamo Moscow 0-3
OK Nis – Montpellier Castelnau Volley UC 0-3
VC Greenyard Maaseik – CV Guaguas Las Palmas 3-2
Source and images: CEV