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CL M: VaLePa and Mladost resume qualifications

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Ford Levoranta Sastamala (more commonly known as VaLePa) advanced to the 3rd qualifying round of the 2023 CEV Men’s Volleyball Champions League.

VaLePa vs Zadruga (Photo: cev.eu)

In the rematch of the 2nd qualifying round of the CEV Champions League Volley 2023 | Men, Finland’s VaLePa had to overcome a defeat from the first leg to Austria’s SK Zadruga Aich/Dob of 2-3. VaLePa won their home match 3-1 (25-16, 23-25, 25-17, 25-23) and progressed to the 3rd and last qualifying round, where they will meet Portugal’s Sport Lisboa e Benfica. Last season, VaLePa lost twice to this rival.

Antti Sakari Mäkinen top-scored on the winning side today with 22 points, while Severi Savonsalmi made 7 blocks. The Estonian outside hitter, Karli Allik, had a 74% attack (14/19). The Greek opposite, Anastasios-Stamatios Aspiotis scored 25 points for Zadruga. The Estonian international, Stefan Kaibald, made 70% reception (10 digs, 30% excellent).

Croatia’s Mladost Zagreb swept Switzerland’s Lindaren Volley Amriswil in the rematch at home by which they annulled a 3-1 win by their rivals from the first leg. The Golde Set followed, and in it, the team from the Croatian capital prevailed 15-8.

Ivan Zeljković tallied 18 points and had 83% reception (18 digs, 61% excellent) for Mladost, while the Austrian opposite, Clemens Ecker, served 4 aces. The Frenchman Jhon Wendt scored 12 points for Amriswil. Mladost will play against Bulgaria’s Hebar Pazardzhik for a place on the group stage.

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