Polish and Italian fans have a bright smile upon their faces. Only Trentino’s long-lasting winning streak comes to an end in Moscow.
The impressive positive streak of defending champion TRENTINO BetClic (15 matches in a row) ended in Moscow as the Italians suffered a 1:3 upset against Dinamo. Russians took revenge for their bitter 0:3 defeat in Italy right before Christmas. In Pool A Czech champion Jihostroj CESKE BUDEJOVICE failed once again to seize the night, this time against Olympiacos PIRAEUS of Greece.
Hypo Tirol INNSBRUCK celebrated a very important victory against Budva. Austrian captain Daniel Gavan stated after the match: “We were able to repeat the performance level of our last home game against Noliko MAASEIK. Our setter, Claudio Carletti, played one of the best games I have seen him play and he deserves a lot of credit today.”
Time had finally come for the JASTRZEBSKI Wegiel S.A. to notch their first victory in the competition as they even scored an amazing five setter against the still undefeated armada of VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN. Generally it was a night to remember for the Italian and Polish Volleyball families since their respective three teams all left the court with convincing victories and the right mood for the next stages of the competition.
Lube Banca Marche MACERATA defeated MAASEIK in three sets, hence clinching the first position in the rankings of Pool C and also a big possibility to get definitely the qualification for the Playoffs next week, playing at home against Budvanska Rivijera BUDVA. Coach De Giorgi commented: “We scored an important victory, for the first position but also to earn the possibility to get the qualification for the Playoffs already next week. Noliko is a good team, but today we stayed focused and that made the difference”.
Spain’s CAI TERUEL easily did its job during its visit to Serbia. Radnicki KRAGUJEVAC tonight wasn’t good enough to play against the well-inspired team from Aragona, the Spaniards demonstrated why they are on the top of Pool D.
Knack Randstad ROESELARE met PGE Skra BELCHATOW. It was a very long and demanding match but BELCHATOW turned the score completely around to score the final 3:2 with two attacks in a row of captain Mariusz Wlazly.
Surprise in Jastrzebie Zdroj! After three consecutive losses the Poles scored tonight their first victory after a dramatic match against VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN. "Comparing our first matches in the Champions League I can say that we started playing much better. Good service and solid reception were on our side. Of course, we made some mistakes, but in the crucial moments we were able to finish the decisive attacks, especially with Igor Yudin in the tie-break. Now we are back in contention for the Playoffs", says Russian star Pavel Abramov.
Asseco Resovia RZESZOW scored another victory in a very impressive style as they almost demolished their rivals of ISTANBUL B. Sehir Belediyesi in straight sets. "I’d like to thank especially our young libero Tomasz Glod who is only 17 years old but hold on the pressure and showed great quality on the field” stated Asseco captain Krzysztof Gierczynski.
ACH Volley BLED suffered a shaky start in Ljubljana and trailed two sets down before eventually storming back to finally seize the night against PARIS Volley. Sebastijan Škorc, libero of PARIS Volley who is also a former player of ACH BLED added: “Our team is heterogeneous and our primary goal is the French national league. The spectators and the atmosphere here are amazing. ACH Volley is a great team. I am also among those keeping my fingers crossed for their win in the next leg.”