During the first day of FIVB 2009 Men’s Club World Championship Cimed were upset by Paykan. Trentino won against Zamalek, Zenit Kazan and Belchatow claimed also victories.
FIVB 2009 Men’s Club World Championship made a welcome after 17 years with two out of the three favourites for the title claiming victory. Trentino, Zenit Kazan in Pool A and Belchatow in Pool B beat Zamalek of Egypt, Corozal of Puerto Rico and Al Arabi of Qatar respectively.
Trentino Betclic duo Juantorena and Leandro Vissotto led their team with front and backline attacks to clinch the first victory for their team beating Zamalek of Egypt 3-1 (25-18, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20) in the Pool A match. Vissotto was his team’s best scorer with 25 points while Juantorena came to the service line while his team was down 18-11 in the fourth and final set before scoring 11 successive points to put his team on the road to victory.
Zenit Kazan of Russia overwhelmed Plataneros of Corozal as they clinched their first victory 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-17) in Pool A. The Russian team used the double weapon of an impermeable block and sharp spike serves to gain victory against a less experienced team. The Russian attackers Maxim Panteley and Sergey Tetyukhin were the best scorers for their team with 15 and 12 points.
Meanwhile, Skra Belchatow of Poland overcame an sluggish start to beat the host team Al Arabi of Qatar in straight sets 25-22, 25-11, 25-20 in their first match. Paykan claimed the competition’s first surprise result after they pulled off a respectable victory over Cimed 3-1 (16-25, 28-26, 25-21, 25-22) in Pool B. The highly motivated Iranian team rebounded from losing the first set to win three successive sets in the most exciting encounter on the opening day.