The Bulgarian team Maritza Plovdiv achieved the first-ever away victory in the pool stage of the Champions League and it came against no one else, but the most titled team in Europe – Dinamo Moscow from Russia. The squad coached by Ivan Petkov overcame the famous Russian powerhouse, the national champions, by a 3-1 (25-23, 18-25, 25-23, 25-17). With this success, the Bulgarian titleholders kept their chances of qualifying for the quarter-finals, having to win the remaining 2 games in Pool E to achieve this goal. Maritza are still in the last, 4th place, in the standings with one win, 3 losses and 4 points. Aleksandra Milanova top-scored for Maritza with 18 points, while Hristina Vuchkova (ex-Ruseva) made 5 kill blocks. Dariya Stolyarova scored 19 points for Dinamo.
The reigning champions Igor Gorgonzola Novara redeemed for the sensational defeat on German soil and, with superb performance, crashed Allianz MTV Stuttgart to take the lead in Pool C (3-0). In the same pool, Polish titleholders ŁKS Commercecon Łódź broke tough resistance of Khimik Yuzhny from Ukraine in 4 sets to tie with Italian side Novara at 8 points and 3-1 record.
As expected, Turkish giants VakıfBank Istanbul had no problems against fresh Slovenian Cup winners Nova KBM Branik Maribor (3-0), not allowing rivals to take more than 15 points in any of the sets.
2020 CEV Women’s Volleyball Champions League pool stage – Round 4
Eczacıbaşı VitrA Istanbul (TUR) – LP Salo (FIN) 3-0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-13)
Budowlani Łódź (POL) – Fenerbahçe Opet Istanbul (TUR) 0-3 (20-25, 21-25, 22-25)
Lokomotiv Kaliningrad region (RUS) – Savino Del Bene Scandicci (ITA) 2-3 (17-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-16, 12-15)
VakıfBank Istanbul (TUR) – Nova KBM Branik Maribor (SLO) 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-10)
ŁKS Commercecon Łódź (POL) – Khimik Yuzhny (UKR) 3-1 (25-15, 25-19, 23-25, 25-22)
Igor Gorgonzola Novara (ITA) – Allianz MTV Stuttgart (GER) 3-0 (25-11, 25-22, 25-19)
Nantes VB (FRA) – Vasas Óbuda Budapest (HUN) 3-1 (25-23, 15-25, 25-22, 25-18)
Antonio Carraro Imoco Conegliano (ITA) – C.S.M. Volei Alba Blaj (ROU) 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-17)
RC Cannes (FRA) – Uralochka-NTMK Ekaterinburg (RUS) 2-3 (26-24, 22-25, 21-25, 25-21, 13-15)
Dinamo Moscow (RUS) – Maritza Plovdiv (BUL) 1-3 (23-25, 25-18, 23-25, 17-25)
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