Second round of the CEV Champions League Volley 2023 | Men has been played entirely today, with all 10 matches scheduled.
Jastrzębski Węgiel added another win, but it was not easy for the Polish silver medalists in France.
They were favorites in Pool A’s encounter against French titleholders Montpellier HSC VB and they confirmed it. Despite the fact that they didn’t show their full power, the PlusLiga leaders won their second match of competition but only after losing the first set and struggling in the third, that could’ve gone the other direction. Partially it was 25:23, 19:25, 23:25 and 20:25.
The French duo Boyer-Clévenot scored the joint team’s match-high of 16 points, while Jakub Popiwczak had 77% reception (22 digs, 41% excellent). Théo Faure scored 17 points for Montpellier.
MVP Tomasz Fornal from Jastrzębski Węgiel scored 12 points.
In the same Pool, Germany’s VfB Friedrichshafen routinely defeated Serbia’s Vojvodina NS Seme Novi Sad on the road with a clear straight sets win (20:25, 17:25, 17:25). Luciano Vicentin was the most prolific player of the match with 13 points with 77% in attack, and was named MVP of the match. The winners were also great in blocking, with 13 points from this element. No players among the hosts reached a double digit.
In Pool B, Turkish powerhouse Halkbank Ankara recovered from a first-round defeat to Poland’s Aluron CMC Warta Zawiercie and needed four sets to defeat Germany’s Berlin Recycling Volleys on their home soil. Partially it was 25:21, 25:19, 22:25 and 25:23, and the top scorer was once again Nimir Abdel Aziz, with 19 points and 62% in attack, the same number of point made by Czech Marek Sotola on the losing side.
“Somehow this game was suddenly over far too quickly. It feels like a not finished job. We knew that Nimir could tip the match again at any time when he goes to serve. But this ending hurts. We fought so well and got back into the match. That makes it even more bitter that we couldn’t push it to the tiebreak,” said Johannes Tille
setter of Berlin Recycling Volleys.
“We are really disappointed today. We were aware of Ankara’s serving quality, but we were supposed to have the class to stand up to it. Aces on the lines, as we were unfortunate to concede a few today, can happen. But our task was to control the middle of the field in the reception. Maybe we missed experience, because we have to finish the fourth set without question and win it. There are no excuses. We missed clarity in our actions. We came back strong again, but unfortunately that’s not worth anything today,” said Cedric Enard, head coach of Berlin Recycling Volleys.
About Polish Aluron CMC Warta Zawiercie, they collected other three points today with a four sets win in Bulgaria, on the field of Hebar Pazardzhik. A super Uros Kovacevic made the difference on the winning side scoring an impressive amount of 30 points, through 53% in attack. On the warm up the opposite of Hebar Trifon Lapkov suffered an injury and did not take part in the game.
Pool C started with a battle, and Portugal’s Sport Lisboa and Benfica who suffered another tie break defeat after the one on the field of Cucine Lube Civitanova, a week ago. This time they were defeated at home by Belgium’s Knack Roeselare (25:23, 24:26, 23:25, 25:22 and 9:15), led in score by Pablo Koukartsev (24 points) and Rune Fasteland (8 winning blocks!).
“We knew we were going to face difficulties. These are very difficult games [group stage]. The game was balanced but we failed to win. It’s not lack of capacity. They were better in the serves. The game was close. We wanted to win and now we have to keep working,” said Marcel Matz, head coach of Sport Lisboa e Benfica
“Our spirit has to be to leave everything on the court, regardless of the team we face. We felt we had a chance to get a better result at home. We took a point; we could have gotten the win. But they are a tough team, who play well, who have experience in the Champions League. We knew we were going to face difficulties. They had merit in some moments, but we are also to blame for some wasted opportunities.” Ivo Casas, player of Sport Lisboa e Benfica
“The most important part is that we won the game. It was a big battle. Both teams were really challenging each other. I’m very happy with the result. Small mistakes decided the outcome of every set. I think it’s a fair result.” Steven Vanmedegael, head coach of Knack Roeselare
“It’s always amazing to get a victory like this one. I felt that the team fought from the first point. I felt we never gave up, we continued fighting. Even when we were trailing, we try to go for the win.” Rune Fasteland player of Knack Roeselare, and MVP of the game
On the same Pool, Italy’s Cucine Lube Civitanova didn’t excel in a duel against France’s Tours VB, but collected a three-point worth win. The match ended in four sets, partially 25:20, 20:25, 22:25 and 13:25. Tours’ opposite Aboubacar Drame Neto topped the scorers’ chart with 24 points, while Marlon Yant Herrera had 19 points (15 kills, 2 aces, 2 blocks and 56% of success in attack) and was named the MVP of the match.
“I am happy to be back in Tours. We were a bit shy at the beginning but in the second set we relaxed and we were able to put them in difficulty in the reception,” said Barthelemy Chinenyeze, middle blocker of Lube Civitanova.
“We are happy to win. For us it is difficult because we loose in national competition. It is a new team with new players. But we are happy because this win in another level is important for us.”
Gianlorenzo Blengini, head coach of Lube Civitanova.
“Congratulations to the Lube team. We made a lot of mistakes tonight, and against this type of team it is difficult to win in these conditions. But congratulations to Lube who raised their game to win the match.” Aboubacar Drame Neto, opposite of Tours VB
“It was a very strong start for us. We are able to play in a very high level, but in the second set we loose control, we loose confidence and after itw as to late.” Michael Parkinson, middle blocker of Tours VB.
Pool D started with a four sets win of Lube’s compatriots Trentino Itas in Czech Republic, on the field of ČEZ Karlovarsko (19:25, 20:25, 25:21 and 13:25). Itas lost a set but dominated in the other three to also be 2-0 in this pool.
“Trentino are a very tough opponent; we started the match very well, and with a good energy. Difficult end of the match, but Trenitno showed their class,” said James Weir, ČEZ Karlovarsko
All easy for Polish titleholders Grupa Azoty Kędzierzyn-Kozle, better know in world of volleyball as ZAKSA, who defeated Belgium’s Decospan VT Menen on the road with a clear straight sets win (17:25, 22:25, 21:25).
“We did what was necessary. We knew Menen would maybe play the best game of their season. So we put maximum effort on every point. In the second set, Menen started to defend many balls, but we remained patient and kept controlling their outside hitters. A 3-0 win away is always great, and we are very happy with this result.” Tuomas Sammuelvo, Head Coach of ZAKSA
“It was great to play this ‘gala match’ in a nice atmosphere with a fantastic audience. Maybe we should have won the second set and afterwards you never know. But overall, we are satisfied with the team performance. We played against the two big favourites now, and we are looking forward to the third game in Karlovarsko. Hopefully, we can take our first win there and stay in the running for the third place and CEV Cup.” Jelle Sinnesael, captain Decospan Menen
In Pool E, Slovenia’s ACH Volley Ljubljana celebrated their first win by beating at home SWS Powervolleys Düren from Germany by 3-1 (25:20, 25:22, 21:25, 25:13) while, on the same Pool, Sir Sicoma Monini Perugia earned their second win in as many games in the competition.
They earned a comeback victory against Ziraat Bank Ankara.
After losing the first set, italian powerhouse beat the Turkish champions 1-3 (26:24, 22:25, 20:25, 23:25) on the road and put the rivals in an inevitable position already after two matches (0-2). Wilfredo León put down 19 points, just like his teammate from Luxembourg (with an Italian passport) Kamil Rychlicki, while Argentine Sebastian Solé made 4 blocks.
It was a tough match at the TVF SC Başkent Sports Hall in Ankara, with the hosts putting in a high-level performance, trying to redeem themselves for a surprising opening loss in Germany that forced the SuperLega vice-champions to play a point-to-point match for large stretches. The Dutchman Wouter Ter Maat top-scored Ziraat with 25 points (72% attack, 23/32).
“After the unpleasant moment in the Italian Super Cup, returning to the Champions League tonight was nice. I feel good, and this is the most important thing. Tonight was a difficult game; after losing the first set we had an excellent reaction and demonstrated the great strength of the team in which everyone makes an important contribution“, said Wilfredo Leon, Sir Sicoma Monini Perugia
“I am very happy. I think that Ziraat delivered a very high level of game, they were finishing every ball. We need to work on our serve, we have a lot of games ahead to prepare ourselves.” Kamil Rychlicki, opposite of Sir Sicoma Monini Perugia
🏐| 2022/23 CEV Champions League | Pool Stage | Matches of the week
November 16, 2022
POOL A | 18.00 (Local Time) | Montpellier MHSC VB (FRA) – Jastrzebski Węgiel (POL) 1-3 (25:23, 19:25, 23:25, 20:25)
POOL A | 20.00 (Local Time) | Vojvodina NS Seme Novi Sad (SRB) – VfB Friedrichshafen (GER) 0-3 (20:25, 17:25, 17:25)
🏐| Standings of Pool A (updated on this day)
1. Jastrzebski Węgiel (POL) 6
2. VfB Friedrichshafen (GER) 5
3. Montpellier MHSC VB (FRA) 1
4. Vojvodina NS Seme Novi Sad (SRB) 0
POOL B | 17.30 (Local Time) | Halkbank Ankara (TUR) – Berlin Recycling Volleys (GER) 3-1 (25:21, 25:19, 22:25, 25:23)
POOL B | 19.00 (Local Time) | Hebar Pazardzhik (BUL) – Aluron CMC Warta Zawiercie (POL) 1-3 (22:25, 25:21, 18:25, 26:28)
🏐| Standings of Pool B (updated on this day)
1. Aluron CMC Warta Zawiercie (POL) 6
2. Halkbank Ankara (TUR) 3
3. Berlin Recycling Volleys (GER) 2
4. Hebar Pazardzhik (BUL) 1
POOL C | 18.15 (Local Time) | Sport Lisboa e Benfica (POR) – Knack Roeselare (BEL) 2-3 (25:23, 24:26, 23:25, 25:22, 9:15)
• POOL C | 20.00 (Local Time) | Tours VB (FRA) – Cucine Lube Civitanova (ITA) 1-3 (25:20, 20:25, 22:25, 13:25)
🏐| Standings of Pool C (updated on this day)
1. Cucine Lube Civitanova (ITA) 5
2. Tours VB (FRA) 3
3. Knack Roeselare (BEL) 2
4. Sport Lisboa e Benfica (POR) 2
POOL D | 18.00 (Local Time) | ČEZ Karlovarsko (CZE) – Trentino Itas (ITA) 1-3 (19:25, 20:25, 25:21, 13:25)
POOL D | 20.30 (Local Time) | Decospan VT Menen (BEL) – Grupa Azoty Kędzierzyn-Kozle (POL) 0-3 (17:25, 22:25, 21:25)
🏐| Standings of Pool D (updated on this day)
1. Trentino Itas (ITA) 6
2. Grupa Azoty Kędzierzyn-Kozle (POL) 6
3. ČEZ Karlovarsko (CZE) 0
4. Decospan VT Menen (BEL) 0
POOL E | 18.00 (Local Time) | ACH Volley Ljubljana (SLO) – SWS Powervolleys Düren (GER) 3-1 (25:20, 25:22, 21:25, 25:13)
• POOL E | 20.00 (Local Time) | Ziraat Bank Ankara (TUR) – Sir Sicoma Monini Perugia (ITA) 1-3 (26:24, 22:25, 20:25, 23:25)
🏐| Standings of Pool E (updated on this day)
1. Sir Sicoma Monini Perugia (ITA) 6
2. SWS Powervolleys Düren (GER) 3
3. ACH Volley Ljubljana (SLO) 3
4. Ziraat Bank Ankara (TUR) 0