30 January 2023

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Champions League: Halkbank directly to quarterfinal; Ziraat snatch playoff spot from Ljubljana; Aluron become “lucky loser” thanks to Lube’s tie break!

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Round 6, the last round of the group stage of 2023 CEV Men’s Volleyball Champions League played today, determined the last five playoff participants, while other five teams claimed their playoff tickets already two weeks ago.

What was inevitable even before the last round of the competition has just turned into reality: Halkbank Ankara sealed the top spot in Pool B following a clear straight-set win (25:22, 27:25, 25:19) over Bulgaria’s Hebar Pazardzhik.
This pool was the most interesting prior to the last round with three teams vying for the two playoff places.
The Turkish powerhouse left nothing to a case, topped the Pool, and thus secured a direct spot in the quarterfinals, mostly thanks to the Dutchman Nimir Abdel-Aziz, top scorer of the day with 16 points, while Argentine Nicolás Bruno served five aces. A newcomer for Hebar, Italian Giulio Sabbi, was the top scorer of the game with 18 points.

Germany’s Berlin Recycling Volleys reached the playoffs as second in this group.
After a surprisingly easy victory at home against Poland’s Aluron CMC Warta Zawiercie, 3-0 (25:22, 25:17, 25:19), the team from country’s capital will play for a place in the quarterfinals via the playoffs, pushing the PlusLiga side to third place.
However, Aluron were literally saved by Lube! 5,120 spectators in the Max-Schmeling-Halle witnessed a hard-fought first set, after which the hosts were far superior to the rivals, led by the Czech Marek Šotola (16 points; 77% reception; 13 digs; 1 error; 31% excellent). Dawid Konarski scored 10 points on the other side of the net.

Turkey’s Ziraat Bank Ankara inflicted a very painful defeat on Slovenia’s ACH Volley Ljubljana in Pool E. At home, the Efeler Ligi titleholders proved better than their direct rival for a place in the playoffs with a score of 3-2 (23:25, 25:23, 22:25, 25:21, 15:8).
Just like in the first head-to-head this season in the Slovenian capital, Ziraat prevailed at tie-break and again after ACH Volley had 2-1 in sets! As a result, the Ankara side claimed second place in the group, behind Italy’s Sir Sicoma Monini Perugia, squeezing ACH Volley down to third place without a chance of earning a spot in the playoffs via the overall ranking of third-placed sides. Luckily for their fans, however, the Slovenians will resume their European path in the CEV Cup.
Bulgarian Martin Atanasov topped Ziraat with 21 points, while a great Bedirhan Bülbül set up seven blocks. North Macedonian Nikola Gjorgiev scored 24 points on the losing side, Matej Kök served four aces, and Serb Nemanja Mašulović made four blocks.

With a clear, with the only exception of first set, straight sets win (27:25, 25:10, 25:18) against the Portuguese Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Tours VB have validated their ticket for the playoffs of the Champions League from second place in Pool C.
Thanks to Brazilian Aboubacar Neto, who ended the game with 19 points, and Ukrainian Dmytro Teryomenko who also contributed with four blocks), the French club did their part of the job. Brazilian Pablo Ventura scored 10 for Benfica.

However, that could’ve been in vain if Belgian powerhouse Knack Roeselare managed to upset the direct quarterfinal qualifier from this group, Italy’s Cucine Lube Civitanova. And they were on their way to doing so given they had 2-1 in sets. But the SuperLega defending champions didn’t agree and, led by Cuban Marlon Yant, who ended the game with an impressive amount of 30 points, they turned the match around, eliminating Roeselare (for which Argentine Pablo Kukartsev scored 21 points and Pieter Coolman made six blocks) from further participation.
To get worse for Roeselare, they are ranked second in the overall charts of third-placed teams (only first advances to the playoffs) just behind the lucky loser Aluron CMC Warta Zawiercie, from Pool B.

And, just to be clear:

Qualified to Quarterfinals:
Jastrzebski Wegiel (from Pool A), Sir Sicoma Monini Perugia (from Pool E), Trentino Itas (From Pool D), Cucine Lube Civitanova (from Pool C), Halkbank Ankara (from Pool B)

Qualified to Playoffs: Grupa Azoty Kedzierzyn-Kozle (from Pool D), Berlin Recycling Volleys (from Pool B), VfB Friedrichshafen (from Pool A), Tours VB (from Pool C), Ziraat Bank Ankara (from Pool E), Aluron CMC Warta Zawiercie (from Pool B).

Qualified to CEV Cup Quarterfinals: CEZ Karlovarsko (from Pool D), MHSC Montpellier VB (from Pool A), Knack Roeselare (from Pool C), ACH Volley Ljubljana (from Pool E).

Eliminated: Hebar Pazardzhik (Pool B), Sport Lisboa e Benfica (Pool C), Decospan VT Menen (Pool D), Vojvodina NS Seme Novi Sad (Pool A), SWD Powervolleys Düren (Pool E)

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🏐| 2022/23 CEV Champions League | Pool Stage | Matches of the week

| Wednesday | January 25, 2022
POOL A | 18.00 (Local Time) | Jastrzebski Węgiel (POL) – VfB Friedrichshafen (GER) 3-0 (25:22, 26:24, 28:26)

| Wednesday | January 25, 2022
POOL A | 19.00 (Local Time) | Montpellier MHSC VB (FRA) – Vojvodina NS Seme Novi Sad (SRB) 3-0 (25:19, 25:21, 25:16)

🏐| FINAL Standings of Pool A (updated on this day)
1. Jastrzebski Węgiel (POL) 18 👉🏼 to quarterfinals
2. VfB Friedrichshafen (GER) 10 👉🏼 to playoffs
3. Montpellier MHSC VB (FRA) 5 👉🏼 to CEV Cup
4. Vojvodina NS Seme Novi Sad (SRB) 3 👉🏼 eliminated

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| Wednesday | January 25, 2022
POOL B | 17.30 (Local Time) | Halkbank Ankara (TUR) – Hebar Pazardzhik (BUL) 3-0 (25:22, 27:25, 25:19)

NOT AVAIBLE

| Wednesday | January 25, 2022
POOL B | 19.30 (Local Time) | Berlin Recycling Volleys (GER) – Aluron CMC Warta Zawiercie (POL) 3-0 (25:22, 25:17, 25:19)

🏐| FINAL Standings of Pool B (updated on this day)
1. Halkbank Ankara (TUR) 13 👉🏼 to quarterfinals
2. Berlin Recycling Volleys (GER) 11 👉🏼 to playoffs
3. Aluron CMC Warta Zawiercie (POL) 10 👉🏼 to playoffs
4. Hebar Pazardzhik (BUL) 2 👉🏼 eliminated

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| Wednesday | January 25, 2022
POOL C | 20.00 (Local Time) | Cucine Lube Civitanova (ITA) – Knack Roeselare (BEL) 3-2 (25:23, 26:28, 23:25, 25:17, 15:9)

| Wednesday | January 25, 2022
POOL C | 20.00 (Local Time) | Tours VB (FRA) – Sport Lisboa e Benfica (POR) 3-0 (27:25, 25:10, 25:18)

NOT AVAIBLE

🏐| FINAL Standings of Pool C (updated on this day)
1. Cucine Lube Civitanova (ITA) 16 👉🏼 to quarterfinals
2. Tours VB (FRA) 10 👉🏼 to playoffs
3. Knack Roeselare (BEL) 8 👉🏼 to CEV Cup
4. Sport Lisboa e Benfica (POR) 2 👉🏼 eliminated

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| Wednesday | January 25, 2022
POOL D | 20.30 (Local Time) | Grupa Azoty Kędzierzyn-Kozle (POL) – Trentino Itas (ITA) 2-3 (25:17, 25:15, 18:25, 23:25, 12:15)

| Wednesday | January 25, 2022
POOL D | 20.30 (Local Time) | Decospan VT Menen (BEL) – ČEZ Karlovarsko (CZE) 0-3 (24:26, 20:25, 17:25)

🏐| FINAL Standings of Pool D (updated on this day)
1. Trentino Itas (ITA) 17 👉🏼 to quarterfinals
2. Grupa Azoty Kędzierzyn-Kozle (POL) 12 👉🏼 to playoffs
3. ČEZ Karlovarsko (CZE) 7 👉🏼 to CEV Cup
4. Decospan VT Menen (BEL) 0 👉🏼 eliminated

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| Wednesday | January 25, 2022
POOL E | 20.00 (Local Time) | Ziraat Bank Ankara (TUR) – ACH Volley Ljubljana (SLO) 3-2 (23:25, 25:23, 22:25, 25:21, 15:8)

| Wednesday | January 25, 2022
POOL E | 20.30 (Local Time) | Sir Sicoma Monini Perugia (ITA) – SWS Powervolleys Düren (GER) 3-1 (28:30, 26:24, 25:20, 25:19)

🏐| FINAL Standings of Pool E (updated on this day)
1. Sir Sicoma Monini Perugia (ITA) 18 👉🏼 to quarterfinals
3. ACH Volley Ljubljana (SLO) 8 👉🏼 to CEV Cup
2. Ziraat Bank Ankara (TUR) 7 👉🏼 to playoffs
4. SWS Powervolleys Düren (GER) 3 👉🏼 eliminated

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