09. 10. 2019

CL W: Mladost run over Khimik, Partizani victorious at debut appearance

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Mladost Zagreb ran over Khimik Yuzhny in the 1st leg of the 2nd Round of the 2020 CEV Women’s Volleyball Champions League.


The Croatian powerhouse Mladost came to one step from advancing to the 3rd Round of the 2020 CEV Champions League. Mladost, the 14-time national champions, ran over Khimik from Ukraine in the 1st leg by a 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 27-25), coming back from a six-point deficit in the third set. The outside hitter Valentina Vrbanc led Mladost to a win with 18 points, while 19-year-old Božana Butigan made 6 kill blocks and 18-year-old Mika Grbavica served 5 aces. Yuliya Boyko was the only double-digit player in Khimik (13 points). The rematch is in six days.

In their Champions League debut, Partizani Tirana from Albania earned a historic, first-ever, win. They beat Bosnian titleholders ŽOK Bimal-Jedinstvo Brčko after overcoming a stage fright that was reflected in losing the opening set: 3-1 (15-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-20). Slovakian Romana Hudecová, the newcomer from Strabag VC Bilíkova Pezinok (Slovakia), highlighted for Partizani with 22 points. Her compatriot Alexandra Vajdová top-scored for Jedinstvo with 25 points, while Katarina Popović made 79% reception (29 digs, 45% excellent).

2020 CEV Women’s Volleyball Champions League – 2nd Round (1st leg):

Partizani Tirana (ALB) – ŽOK Bimal-Jedinstvo Brčko (BIH) 3-1 (15-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-20)

Mladost Zagreb (CRO) – Khimik Yuzhny (UKR) 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 27-25)


Luka Bar (MNE) - Vasas Óbuda Budapest (HUN) 0-3 (12-25, 17-25, 7-25)



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