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Champions League: Lube and Dinamo Moscow keep impeccable records in their respective pools to progress to playoffs

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Other four matches of 2021/22 CEV Volleyball Champions League were played today.

In Pool A, Knack Roeselare defeat VfB Friedrichshafen by 3-2 (25:20, 14:25, 20:25, 31:29,15:11)

Russia’s Dinamo Moscow kept an impeccable record in Pool B (5-0) after sweeping Poland’s Projekt Warszawa on the road and secured a ticket for playoffs as the pool leader without a chance of losing such status given that their only competitor for No.1, Turkey’s Ziraat Bankası Ankara, surprisingly lost yesterday. Sokolov was the best scorer with 13 points and received MVP award.

The unbeaten leaders of Pool C Cucine Lube Civitanova, became the second team to earn a slot in the playoffs.
Russia’s Lokomotiv Novosibirsk started the match of the week against italian powerhouse in a great manner by winning the first set but succumbed in the continuation of the encounter by which they lost all chances of advancing to the playoffs.
On the other hand, Lube became the second team after Poland’s Jastrzębski Węgiel to secure a ticket for quarter-finals.
It’s still an open question whether Lube (5-0; 14 points) or Grupa Azoty Kędzierzyn Koźle (ZAKSA) (3-1; 10 points) will top the charts in this Pool. Puerto Rican Gabriel García Fernández ‘Gabi’ top-scored Lube today with 17 points (16 in attack and 1 block, 57% of success in attack) and received MVP award. Lokomotiv’s leader Drazen Luburic scored 14 points.

Robertlandy Simon, middle blocker of Cucine Lube Civitanova: “We expected a very tough match as the opponent team needed points for their standing. We struggled to sleep last night, as we came from a long trip and arrived to Siberia with 6 hours jet lag. But we fought as a team and faced the game in the best possible way. Now we want to get the final first position, so we are exciting to play next week another great match against Zaksa“.

Luciano De Cecco, setter of Cucine Lube Civitanova: “The game was really tough. We played a very good volleyball. I think Lokomotiv also performed well. We had some opportunities to make breaks and play our game, so we are really happy. The mentality and approach were very important in this game, maybe we didn’t play the best Volleyball we have, but we hope that we will learn this lesson.

Ivan Zaytsev, opposite of Cucine Lube Civitanova: “A great victory for us, a very very important against a strong team of Novosibirsk. We are really proud of our performance and our guys. Now we will focus on our national championship and on our next game against Zaksa at home.

Drazen Luburic, opposite of Lokomotiv Novosibirsk: “There were too many emotions today, in the second set we can say that we couldn’t play with a cool head. I am disappointed particularly with my performance. If we could won the second set, the result could have been completely different. The opponent turned out to be stronger, the Italian champions – they showed their best. We hope that we will also be able to show our fans great game on Saturday, when we will meet Zaksa at home for the second time.

Plamen Konstantinov, head coach of Lokomotiv Novosibirsk: “There was a great atmosphere at the arena, we are very happy to return home, but today we did not show the result we wanted. Undoubtedly, Civitanova consists of top-level players. But that’s not the point. Today I really wanted to see the fighting spirit – in the second set, after an equal ending and a loss, I did not see it at all. We stopped fighting. I understand everything – fatigue, not all players have an ideal physical condition. The character could compensate it, we didn’t manage to do it. The second set was the key one. We could have been in the end with an advantage. It was then that the initiative moved to the other side of the court.

With the 4th win (3-0 against Serbia’s Vojvodina NS Seme Novi Sad) in as many matches, Berlin Recycling Volleys remained on the top of Pool D, keeping all their chances to make it to the quarter-finals.
Now they need one victory out of their two games against Russia’s Zenit Saint Petersburg next week to theoretically take a promotion to the next stage.

Jeff Jendryk, Player of BERLIN Recycling Volleys: “I think the key to success today was our offense. We were looking really good and felt good out there. First set was little rocky, but we were able to finish it positive. With twelve points we definitely feel confident now. But we know St. Peterburg will be a really though team to play against. So we have to bring up our best game up their to make it to the next round.

Cedric Enard, Head coach of BR Volleys: “It was time to prove something, and we did it. We stayed mentally strong after a not so easy start and stepped up on our own side. Jeffrey played an excellent game, but Sergey also executed the match plan well. Special praise also goes to our entire reception around Ruben, Santiago, Tim and of course Samu, who laid the foundation for the victory. With twelve points now, we have every chance of advancing. That’s what we were hoping for.

Slobodan Boskan, Head coach of Vojvodina Novi Sad: “I am sorry we lost the first set. It was a key for the whole game. We couldn’t resist on the pressure.


🏐| CEV Champions League 2021/22Pool Stage – Day 5


👉🏼 Wednesday 9th February
• Knack Roeselare (BEL) – VfB Friedrichshafen (GER) 3-2 (25:20, 14:25, 20:25, 31:29,15:11)

| Thursday 10th February
Hebar Pazardzhik (BUL) – Jastrzebski Węgiel (POL) 1-3 (28:26, 23:25, 19:25, 16:15)

| STANDINGS (updated on this day)
Jastrzebski Węgiel (POL) 12
VfB Friedrichshafen (GER) 6
Knack Roeselare (BEL) 4
Hebar Pazardzhik (BUL) 2



| Tuesday 8th February
VC Greenyard Maaseik (BEL) – Ziraat Bankasi Ankara (TUR) 3-2 (25:19, 23:25, 25:22, 25:19, 13:25)

👉🏼 Wednesday 9th February
• Projekt Warzawa (POL) – Dinamo Moscow (RUS) 0-3 (20:25, 23:25, 13:25)

| STANDINGS (updated on this day)
Dinamo Moscow (RUS) 14
Ziraat Bankasi Ankara (TUR) 10
VC Greenyard Maaseik (BEL) 2
Projekt Warzawa (POL) 1



| Tuesday 8th February
OK Merkur Maribor (SLO) – Grupa Azoty Kędzierzyn Kozle (POL) 0-3 (19:25, 11:25, 21:25)

👉🏼 Wednesday 9th February
• Lokomotiv Novosibirsk (RUS) – Cucine Lube Civitanova (ITA) 1-3 (25:21, 23:25, 22:25, 20:25)

Recovery of Day 4 @ Novosibirsk

| Saturday 12th February
• Grupa Azoty Kędzierzyn Kozle (POL) – Lokomotiv Novosibirsk (RUS)

| STANDINGS (updated on this day)
Cucine Lube Civitanova (ITA) 14
Grupa Azoty Kędzierzyn Kozle (POL) 7
Lokomotiv Novosibirsk (RUS) 3
OK Merkur Maribor (SLO) 0



| Tuesday 8th February
Sport Lisboa e Benfica (POR) – Zenit Saint Petersburg (RUS) 0-3 (16:25, 18:25, 16:25)

👉🏼 Wednesday 9th February
• Vojvodina NS Seme Novi Sad (SRB) – Berlin Recycling Volleys (GER) 0-3 (25:27, 20:25, 23:25)

| STANDINGS (updated on this day)
Berlin Recycling Volleys (GER) 12
Zenit Saint Petersburg (RUS) 9
Vojvodina NS Seme Novi Sad (SRB) 3
Sport Lisboa e Benfica (POR) 0



| Tuesday 8th February
AS Cannes Dragons (FRA) – Fenerbahçe HDI Istanbul (TUR) 2-3 (19:25, 25:19, 25:19, 13:25, 9:15)

| Thursday 10th February
Trentino Itas (ITA) – Sir Sicoma Monini Perugia (ITA) 0-3 (18:25, 21:25, 23:25)

| STANDINGS (updated on this day)
Sir Sicoma Monini Perugia (ITA) 12
Trentino Itas (ITA) 9
Fenerbahçe HDI Istanbul (TUR) 5
AS Cannes Dragons (FRA) 1


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