By beating Ukrainian Khimik, the defending champions Novara took 3 important points in the race for the top spot in Pool C: 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-12) in just over an hour. The Italian side obtained the 4th victory in 5 matches played. In 2 weeks, Novara will play the crucial match for progressing to the quarterfinals, at home against Polish ŁKS Commercecon Łódź. Despite achieving a straight-set victory, and such a convincing one, Novara had as many as 4 players with double digits in scoring, led by Serbian Jovana Brakočević Canzian (13 points). American Micha Hancock served 6 aces, which was exactly 60% of all of her points. Chiara Di Iulio made 92% reception (12 digs, 50% excellent).
Lokomotiv Kaliningrad region remained in contention for the Playoff, but only theoretically, after sweeping the home side of Nova KBM Branik Maribor in Slovenia. The fate of the Russian team will be pretty much determined after tomorrow’s clash between Savino Del Bene Scandicci from Italy and Turkish VakıfBank İstanbul.
2020 CEV Women’s Volleyball Champions League pool stage – Round 5
LP Salo (FIN) – Budowlani Łódź (POL), 17:30 CET
Fenerbahçe Opet Istanbul (TUR) – Eczacıbaşı VitrA Istanbul (TUR), 17:00 CET
Nova KBM Branik Maribor (SLO) – Lokomotiv Kaliningrad region (RUS) 0-3 (17-25, 21-25, 18-25)
Savino Del Bene Scandicci (ITA) – VakıfBank Istanbul (TUR), 20:30 CET
Khimik Yuzhny (UKR) – Igor Gorgonzola Novara (ITA) 0-3 (14-25, 14-25, 12-25)
Allianz MTV Stuttgart (GER) – ŁKS Commercecon Łódź (POL), 19:00 CET
C.S.M. Volei Alba Blaj (ROU) – Nantes VB (FRA), 16:00 CET
Vasas Óbuda Budapest (HUN) – Antonio Carraro Imoco Conegliano (ITA), 19:00 CET
Maritza Plovdiv (BUL) – RC Cannes (FRA), 17:30 CET
Uralochka-NTMK Ekaterinburg (RUS) – Dinamo Moscow (RUS), 15:00 CET
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