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Champions League: six teams already qualified for quarterfinals

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Before the last day of CEV Champions League, teams already qualified for quarterfinals are six: Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kedzierzyn-Kozle, PGE Skra Belchatow, Sir Sicoma Monini Perugia, Cucine Lube Civitanova, Zenit Kazan, Itas Trentino.
For the last two places, the main contenders are Berlin Recycling Volleys (which finished in second place Pool C with 4 wins, 12 points, 12 sets won and 6 sets lost) and, favorite, Leo Shoes Modena (currently at the top of the Pool D with 4 wins and 12 points, tomorrow plays at home against Knack Roeselare) and Verva Warszawa Orlen Paliwa (second in Pool D with 4 wins and 11 points, tomorrow plays against the already eliminated Kuzbass Kemerovo). In fact, the two teams involved in the Modena pool will only need to win with any score to pass the round. Three out of four seeds have already decided: ZAKSA, Kazan and Trentino. For the last place the favorite is Perugia who will only need a 3-point victory against Tours.

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Sir Sicoma Monini Perugia make an important step in the race for a Quarterfinal phase of the CEV Champions League. In italian derby, the tournament hosts face Cucine Lube Civitanova, who secured their Quarterfinal spot on a Tuesday night, and this straigt sets victory keep Perugia in the second place with 12 points. However, the Pool B table composition might yet change if Perugia will manage to win against their next opponent VB Tours on the last day of the competition. Wilfredo Leon was named MVP of the match, scoring 17 points for Perugia, including 13 winning spikes, 3 blocks and 1 ace, while Osmany Juantorena was the best scorer on Civitanova with 10 points for his team. He was the only player in his squad to have a double-digit. Perugia defeated Civitanova in all elements, including 6 aces, of which 4 by Thijs Ter Horst, and 7 blocks, while Civitanova closed the match with 2 aces and 2 blocks.

Dragan Travica, setter of Sir Sicoma Monini Perugia: “It was a delicate match and this is an important victory against a great opponent. Our play has been great. Tomorrow we will play against VB Tours to hopefully enter the Quarterfinal phase“.

Osmany Juantorena, outside hitter of Cucine Lube Civitanova: “It was a very bad match for us, as despite having already qualified for the Quarterfinal, by winning two sets tonight we would have definitely secured the first place in the Pool. We have many regrets from the first set, where we were leading till the score was 19-16 and then got too nervous when Perugia came back. They performed at a very high level in reception and attack, while we definitely lost the way to perform our usual volleyball

Jiri Kovar, outside spiker of Cucine Lube Civitanova: “It was important for us to qualify ourselves to the Quarterfinals and we reached the goal. Besides this we obviously wanted to play a better game today. I congratulate Perugia, who played a great match today. Now we go back to work and focus on the second part of the season“.

In Pool C, Zenit Kazan have qualified for the quarterfinals of the 2021 campaign. At their home court they beat Berlin Recycling Volleys in straight sets, as they did in Germany in the first tournament. With their third victory and the two forfeits of Jastrzebski Wegiel, KAZAN now have five victoried and are certain of winning the Pool. Earvin Ngapeth was top scorer of the match with 15 points, while Benjamin Patch of Berlin was awarded as the MVP, scoring 14 points and 52% in attack.

Headcoach Cedric Enard of Berlin Recycling Volleys: “I am disappointed. Of course, Kazan played and served well, but we did not fight as we are able to. We know about the strength of Kazan, but against such an opponent you have to be active and search for your opportunities. We did not play this match like we were supposed to play.”

Julian Zenger, libero for Berlin Recycling Volleys: “Kazan played very consistently and put really big pressure on serving. It was very difficult for us. The head may still go down a bit too early, which is why we missed our possibilities. It’s a pity, but now we hope that we can get a ticket for the quarterfinals anyway.

Kemerovo started the game without their top players including Zaytsev, Kobzar, Sivozhelez and Krsmanovic but, despite that, they opened the set very well reaching the significant advantage 17:10, closing the set easily. However, Knack Roeselare managed to win the game in four sets. Matthijs Verhanneman was the top scorer for the winners with 16 points, while Matthijs Desmet also contributed with 14. Bogdan Glivenko put down 14 for Kemerovo. It’s the first victory for Roeselare this season.

Steven Vanmedegael, head coach of Knack Roeselare: “We played better and better in this game, We had control putting service pressure on them. In the end they did too many mistakes and we were really stable, actually. So a quite good game for us.

Alexey Verbov, head coach of Kuzbass Kemerovo: “Yesterday we lost our chance to pass the preliminary round, so today we have an opportunity to give a chance to get into the rhythm for our players who play less than our starting team. Because we have a few really good young guys, and they don’t normally have many chances to be on the court. Our opponent today is a very good team, with European style…with good defense. It’s a really good opportunity for us to feel this kind of game out, and it’s a huge opportunity for these young players to be under some stress, to be in a situation when their opponent puts some pressure on them. I think we played in waves today, so to speak…the level of our game was really good at times, however, we were reckless at other times. In general, I think we just need to improve. This tournament is not really important, I mean the result. It doesn’t really matter at this moment. We need to focus on our championship and now we’re working towards it.”

Having a quarterfinal ticket at stake, Leo Shoes Modena opened the game against Verva Warszawa Orlen Paliwa confidently. However, the match was very balanced and ended after five sets in favor of the Pool D hosts. Kwolek was the best scorer of the game with impressive 25 points, while Daniele Mazzone was a top scorer of Modena with 14 points. Modena and Warszawa have the same record 4W-1L, but the Polish club is one point behind and thursday’s games will be decisive.

In Pool E, Despite being already qualified for the final eight teams, Trentino wins also against ČEZ Karlovarsko. For two sets the Italian team struggled to get past the Czech side, but in the end they prevailed in four sets. With this win they have recorded their ninth victory of the 2021 CEV Champions League Volley campaign. Nimir Abdel-Aziz top scored once again with 20 points.

| POOL B | Tournament in Perugia – Ita
| February 9
Arkas Izmir (TUR) – Sir Safety Perugia (ITA) 0-3 (forfait)
Cucine Lube Civitanova (ITA) – Tours VB (FRA) 3-1 (22:25, 25:20, 25:21, 25:15)

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| February 10
• Sir Safety Perugia (ITA) – Cucine Lube Civitanova (ITA) 3-0 (25:21, 25:18, 25:21)


• Tours VB (FRA) – Arkas Izmir (TUR) 3-0 (forfait)

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| February 11
• Cucine Lube Civitanova (ITA) – Arkas Izmir (TUR) 3-0 (forfait)
Tours VB (FRA) – Sir Safety Perugia (ITA) 1-3 (25:18, 15:25, 14:25, 21:25)

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| POOL C | Tournament in Kazan – Rus
| February 9
ACH Volley Ljubljana (SLO) – Berlin Recycling Volleys (GER) 0-3 (19:25, 20:25, 13:25)
Jastrzebski Wegiel (POL) – Zenit Kazan (RUS) 0-3 (forfait)

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| February 10
• Berlin Recycling Volleys (GER) – Zenit Kazan (RUS) 0-3 (18:25, 16:25, 14:25)


• ACH Volley Ljubljana (SLO) – Jastrzebski Wegiel (POL) 3-0 (forfait)

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| February 11
Zenit Kazan (RUS) – ACH Volley Ljubljana (SLO) 3-1 (25:21, 20:25, 25:20, 25:20)
• Berlin Recycling Volleys (GER) – Jastrzebski Wegiel (POL) 3-0 (forfait)

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| POOL D | Tournament in Modena – Ita
| February 9
Knack Roeselare (BEL) – Verva Warszawa Orlen Paliwa (POL) 1-3 (25:20, 19:25, 20:25, 18:25)
Kuzbass Kemerovo (RUS) – Leo Shoes Modena (ITA) 0-3 (22:25, 15:25, 21:25)
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| February 10
• Verva Warszawa Orlen Paliwa (POL) – Leo Shoes Modena (ITA) 3-2 (20:25, 27:25, 22:25, 25:18, 15:10)


• Knack Roeselare (BEL) – Kuzbass Kemerovo (RUS) 3-1 (18:25, 25:20, 25:20, 25:17)

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| February 11
Leo Shoes Modena (ITA) – Knack Roeselare (BEL) 0-3 (22:25, 21:25, 22:25)
Verva Warszawa Orlen Paliwa (POL) – Kuzbass Kemerovo (RUS) 2-3 (23:25, 25:21, 18:25, 25:19, 5:15)

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| POOL E | Tournament in Friedrichshafen – Ger
| February 9
ČEZ Karlovarsko (CZE) – VfB Friedrichshafen (GER) 3-0 (forfait)
Itas Trentino (ITA) – Lokomotiv Novosibirsk (RUS) 3-0 (25:19, 25:20, 25:15)
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| February 10
• VfB Friedrichshafen (GER) – Lokomotiv Novosibirsk (RUS) 0-3 (forfait)
• ČEZ Karlovarsko (CZE) – Itas Trentino (ITA) 1-3 (22:25, 25:23, 20:25, 22:25)

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| February 11
Lokomotiv Novosibirsk (RUS) – ČEZ Karlovarsko (CZE) 3-2 (25:20, 29:31, 27:29, 25:23, 15:13)
• VfB Friedrichshafen (GER) – Itas Trentino (ITA) 0-3 (forfait)

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Source And Photos: CEV

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