Belchatow had a great day against Roeselare. Skra killed the Belgian defense with a serve. Cuneo showed classy performance in Belgorod and advance in Champions league play-offs 6.
Belchatow – Roeselare 3:0 (25:21, 25:17, 25:15), golden set: 15:12
Polish volleyball champion beat Knack Roeselare 3:0 and then won also the golden set 15-12 to advance to the playoffs 6. In the next round Skra will battle with Zenit Kazan for a spot in the Final Four scheduled for next March in Bolzano. The Belgian champion was able to keep the pace of the bronze medalist from last year only up to the middle of the first set. 9000 fans supported great Belchatow. “They were just amazing, their support made us flying. It was a very difficult moment for us and I am proud with the team, that we overcame it in such a style. We proofed everybody, how good we are”, said Mariusz Wlazly.
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“Mariusz is just an iron man. There was a lot of pressure connected with this match but it was hardly seen in his play. He was the best, but I would like to underline that the whole team played brilliantly. I would like to thank them for the courage and character they showed on the court. It was one of the most difficult matches in my career, but the best of my team in that season”, added hed coach Nawrocki.
Belgorod – Cuneo 1:3 (25:21, 13:25, 21:25, 18:25)
The only chance for Lokomotiv to continue its European campaign was to win the second match of the Playoffs 12 against Cuneo and then eventually go for the golden set. The first set gave everybody some hope that the guests could make it there. Everything changed in the second set, when Bre Banca Lannutti CUNEO took the lead from the very first ball. Cuneo played stable for the rest of game and didn´t give any easy mistake to Belgorod.
Italian coach Alberto Giuliani said: “We knew that today’s match was very important for both teams. That’s why we felt that nervous at the start of the game. Hence we made mistakes when serving and blocking and lost the first set. Nevertheless I am always confident to win when I have such experienced players like the ones included in my team. The only problem for us was when Ilinykh started the match as opposite, as we were not ready for that. But when we adapted to this situation, our performance became smooth”.
Kazan – Bled 3:0 (25:17, 25:22, 25:18)
Kazan won both duels with Bled 3:0. Maxim Mikhaylov and Aleksander Abrosimov were the best scorers with 22 and 14 points respectively. “I’m totally pleased with the mood and motivation of my team. It was not easy because according to the regulations we may say that the result of the first game must be forgotten. We managed to do our job perfectly. We were better than our competitor in all parts of the game”, commented the game Vladimir Alekno.
Jastrzebie – Unterhaching 3:1 (25:21, 25:22, 22:25, 25:19) golden set 15:9
Unterhaching had big chance to qualify for the next round of Champions leaugue. This time Jastrzebie was better and after four sets victory won also decisive golden set.
Maaseik – Budva 3:1 (25:18, 23:25, 25:17, 28:26)
Play-offs 6 duels:
Kazan – Belchatow
Cuneo – Dynamo Moscow
Maaseik – Jastrzebie
source : CEV