The first of the two all-Polish duels in the playoffs, whose winner will go to the quarterfinals of the CEV Champions League Volley 2023 | Men between Aluron CMC Warta Zawiercie and Grupa Azoty Kędzierzyn-Koźle, better known in world of volleyball as ZAKSA, lasted only three sets.
The experience of a two-year defending champions of competition was crucial for the winners, which surprised PlusLiga rivals with an easy victory, 0-3 (23:25, 19:25, 23:25), in their first-ever mutual encounter in any of the European Cups.
Łukasz Kaczmarek helped ZAKSA to take the first step towards advancing to the top 8 with 22 points, while Dawid Konarski scored 13 for Aluron.
Argentine Santiago Danani made 90% reception (10 digs, 40% excellent).
The second leg match is on Wednesday next week.
A short recap of the competition so far:
• 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)
🏐| 2022/23 CEV Champions League | Playoffs | First Leg
👉🏼 Tuesday | February 7, 2023
• 18.00 (Local Time) | Aluron CMC Warta Zawiercie (POL) – Grupa Azoty Kedzierzyn-Kozle (POL) 0-3 (23:25, 19:25, 23:25)
| Wednesday | February 8, 2023
• 19.00 (Local Time) | Ziraat Bank Ankara (TUR) – Berlin Recycling Volleys (GER) POSTPONED
• 20.00 (Local Time) | Tours VB (FRA) – VfB Friedrichshafen 0-3 (23:25, 21:25, 21:25)
🏐| 2022/23 CEV Champions League | Playoffs | Second Leg
| Tuesday | February 14, 2023
• 18.00 (Local Time) | Grupa Azoty Kedzierzyn-Kozle (POL) – Aluron CMC Warta Zawiercie (POL) 2-3 (28:26, 21:25, 25:23, 19:25, 11:15)
• 19.30 (Local Time) | Berlin Recycling Volleys (GER) – Ziraat Bank Ankara (TUR) 3-2 (24:26, 25:21, 25:20, 18:25, 15:9)
• 20.00 (Local Time) | VfB Friedrichshafen (GER) – Tours VB (FRA) 3-2 (21:25, 15:25, 25:18, 25:21, 15:11)