12. 12. 2019

CL M: Lube stronger than České Budějovice and fatigue, Trentino from 0-2 to 3-2 vs. Fenerbahçe

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The players of the world champions Cucine Lube Civitanova were stronger than fatigue to make their debut in the 2019 CEV Men’s Volleyball Champions League with a victory.


Only four days after winning the 2019 FIVB Club World Championship in Brazil, the Italian side Cucine Lube Civitanova had to switch to playing one more strong competition – the Champions League. Their rival on the debut in this year’s edition of the event was everything but easy – Jihostroj České Budějovice. The Czech team stunned Turkish titleholders Fenerbahçe HDI Sigorta Istanbul at the premiere but was unable to make one more upset in Round 2 despite the fact Lube players were exhausted from playing the Club World Champs and traveling from South America to the Czech Republic: 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-13, 25-22). Osmany Juantorena led Lube with 18 points, while Filip Křesťan scored 17 for the losing side.

Today, Itas Trentino also debuted in the 2019 Champions League because their first-round encounter in Pool A against Lube was postponed to January 26, 2020, due to rival’s participation in the Club World Championship. Italian team successfully came back from 0-2 to 3-2 against Fenerbahçe! American Aaron Russell top-scored for the winning side with 18 points, while French libero Jénia Grebennikov was amazing in defense with 79% reception (28 digs, 50% excellent). As for Fenerbahçe, Grebennikov’s compatriot Thibault Rossard poured in 24 points, while Emre Batur made 5 kill blocks.

2020 Men’s Volleyball CEV Champions League, pool stage - Round 2

POOL A        

(December 12):

Jihostroj České Budějovice (CZE) - Cucine Lube Civitanova (ITA) 1-3 (18-25, 25-21, 13-25, 22-25)

Itas Trentino (ITA) - Fenerbahçe HDI Sigorta Istanbul (TUR) 3-2 (21-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-17, 16-14)


(December 11):       

ACH Volley Ljubljana (SLO) - Kuzbass Kemerevo (RUS) 3-2 (25-23, 25-16, 25-27, 23-25, 19-17)

Fakel Novy Urengoy (RUS) - Berlin Recycling Volleys (GER) 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-17)


(December 11):

Jastrzębski Węgiel (POL) - Halkbank Ankara (TUR) 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-21)

VC Greenyard Maaseik (BEL) - Zenit Kazan (RUS) 3-2 (20-25, 18-25, 25-23, 25-22, 20-18)


(December 10):

Benfica Lisboa (POR) - Verva Warszawa Orlen Paliwa (POL) 3-1 (25-19, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21)

(December 11):

Tours VB (FRA) - Sir Sicoma Monini Perugia (ITA) 0-3 (30-32, 19-25, 18-25)


(December 10):

Knack Roeselare (BEL) - Zaksa Kędzierzyn-Koźle (POL) 0-3 (17-25, 19-25, 21-25)

Vojvodina NS Seme Novi Sad (SRB) - VFB Friedrichshafen (GER) 0-3 (20-25, 21-25, 20-25)




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