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Champions League: Jastrzebski to quarterfinals also without middle-blockers. Ziraat defeats Warzawa, COVID knocks out St. Petersburg (with Grebennikov outside-hitter)

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Three matches of 2021/22 CEV Champions League were played today.

In POOL A, Jastrzebski Wegiel claimed their fourth 3-0 in as many games by beating Knack Roeselare despite the absences of middle-blockers Gladyr, Wisniewski and Dryja (first two with the flu, while third has to have hernia surgery).
On the field fourth middle blocker Macyra and outside hitter Clevenot. On the other side absent only D’Hulst.
Partially it was 25:21, 25:21 and 25:23.
MVP award went to Benjamin Toniutti. Jastrzebski stays unbeaten and becomes the first team to qualify to quarterfinals!
All the other teams in the pool remained at 2 points at the moment.

Benjamin Toniutti, captain, setter and MVP of Jastrzębski Węgiel: “We knew that we can qualify today if we win for three points. It is a great job to be already in the quarter-finals after four games. It was a goal of the team and the club to go at least to the quarters. It’s not over yet, we have to continue and win these two last games in the group. Now, we are going to take a rest and we should be ready for the next fights“.

Matthijs Verhannemanx outside hitter of Knack Roeselare: “We started the match believing that we would have some chances. Of course there were missing some players of Jastrzebski Wegiel. We also missed one player, so we expected a little bit more chances that we had in the match at home. At the end it’s again 3:0. Maybe we deserved one set, but in the important moments Jastrzebski Wegiel showed the quality and they were too strong for us.

In POOL B Ziraat Bankasi Ankara (with an excellent performance in blocking, 16 points from this element) repeated the success of first leg (3-1, partially 25:17, 17:25, 25:18 and 25:18) over a disappointing Projekt Warzawa despite the heavy absence of Ter Maat, Camejo fielded as opposite and Tuinstra alone on the bench. Decisive a super Atanasov with 24 points, 55% in attack, 4 winning blocks and 4 aces. He was named MVP of the match.
Among the guests, on the other hand, bad day for Kwolek and Petkovic.
Earning 3-1 win, the hosts gained three important points that made important step to stay in quest for a spot in quarterfinals.
This was the 3rd defeat in as many games for the PlusLiga side (1 point), while Ziraat are at 3-1 and 9 points, leading the pool.

In POOL D, resounding home 0-3 for
Zenit Saint Petersburg against Vojvodina NS Seme Novi Sad (15:25, 21:25, 21:25).
COVID knocks out Sammelvuo’s side, without Poletaev, Kliuka, Melkozerov and Ursov, and with Urnaut fielded as libero due to the injury while one of the best liberos in the world, Jenia Grebennikov, took part in the lineup as an outside hitter!
The Frenchman was rarely employed in the attack and scored 3 points out of 9 attempts. A bad evening of
Podrebinkin and Iakovlev complete the work of russian team, who surrenders in only three sets despite also the Serbs were heavily reworked, and played without starters Vilimanovic, Parapunov and Baranek.
This was the first win of the Serbian side in Pool D by which it created the biggest sensation of the season in the competition.
From the very beginning of a duel, Vojvodina managed to control the game, and Milan Zečević was the most prolific player with 16 points.

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🏐| CEV Champions League 2021/22Pool Stage – Day 4

🏐| POOL A

👉🏼 Tuesday 25th January
• Jastrzebski Węgiel (POL) – Knack Roeselare (BEL) 3-0 (25:21, 25:21, 25:23)

| Wednesday 26th January
• VfB Friedrichshafen (GER) – Hebar Pazardzhik (BUL) 3-0 (25:0, 25:0, 25:0)

| STANDINGS (updated on this day)
Jastrzebski Węgiel (POL) 12
VfB Friedrichshafen (GER) 5
Knack Roeselare (BEL) 2
Hebar Pazardzhik (BUL) 2

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🏐| POOL B

👉🏼 Tuesday 25th January
• Ziraat Bankasi Ankara (TUR) – Projekt Warzawa (POL) 3-1 (25:17, 17:25, 25:18, 25:18)

| Wednesday 26th January
• Dinamo Moscow (RUS) – VC Greenyard Maaseik (BEL)

| STANDINGS (updated on this day)
Ziraat Bankasi Ankara (TUR) 9
Dinamo Moscow (RUS) 8
Projekt Warzawa (POL) 1
VC Greenyard Maaseik (BEL) 0

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🏐| POOL C

| Wednesday 26th January
• Grupa Azoty Kędzierzyn Kozle (POL) – Lokomotiv Novosibirsk (RUS) POSTPONED to February 12
• Cucine Lube Civitanova (ITA) – OK Merkur Maribor (SLO)

| STANDINGS (updated on this day)
Cucine Lube Civitanova (ITA) 8
Grupa Azoty Kędzierzyn Kozle (POL) 7
Lokomotiv Novosibirsk (RUS) 3
OK Merkur Maribor (SLO) 0

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🏐| POOL D

👉🏼 Tuesday 25th January
• Zenit Saint Petersburg (RUS) – Vojvodina NS Seme Novi Sad (SRB) 0-3 (15:25, 21:25, 21:25)

| Wednesday 26th January
• Berlin Recycling Volleys (GER) – Sport Lisboa e Benfica (POR) 3-0 (25:0, 25:0, 25:0)

| STANDINGS (updated on this day)
Berlin Recycling Volleys (GER) 9
Zenit Saint Petersburg (RUS) 6
Vojvodina NS Seme Novi Sad (SRB) 3
Sport Lisboa e Benfica (POR) 0

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🏐| POOL E

| Wednesday 26th January
• Fenerbahçe HDI Istanbul (TUR) – Trentino Itas (ITA)

| Thursday 27th January
• Sir Sicoma Monini Perugia (ITA) – AS Cannes Dragons (FRA) 3-0 (25:0, 25:0, 25:0)

| STANDINGS (updated on this day)
Sir Sicoma Monini Perugia (ITA) 9
Trentino Itas (ITA) 6
Fenerbahçe HDI Istanbul (TUR) 3
AS Cannes Dragons (FRA) 0

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