Zenit Kazan will play their sixth Champions League final as they swept Italian titleholders Sir Colussi Sicoma Perugia in the second semifinal of the Final Four in Basket Hall, Kazan, 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-20).
Zenit easily gained 6-2 in the opening set to get the wind beneath their wings for the rest of the set and match. Despite the fact Perugia managed to tie at 9-9 and even get a 10-9, Zenit once again began their offensive (22-18) from which Perugia could not recover. Especially, when Wilfredo León closed the set by serving 3 consecutive aces (25-22).
Up until the first TTO in the second set, Perugia were close to their rivals (6-8) but then the hosts speeded up (12-7). At 13-10, Zenit made a 7-2 run to, practically, put an end to this period (25-20).
If there was a set in which Perugia had a chance to extend a duel, it was the third set. SuperLega champions had a 3-1 and 10-8. But, point by point and Zenit made a turnaround, which was not stopped even by the TO called by Perugia coach Lorenzo Bernardi at 15-18. On each point Perugia scored, Zenit put down 2 points, all the way to 25-20.
Zaksa Kędzierzyn-Koźle (POL) vs. Cucine Lube Civitanova (ITA) 1-3 (21-25, 25-22, 15-25, 18-25)
Sir Colussi Sicoma Perugia (ITA) vs. Zenit Kazan (RUS) 0-3 (22-25, 20-25, 20-25)
The match for the bronze medal (Sunday, May 13)
15:00 C.E.T.: Zaksa Kędzierzyn-Koźle (POL) vs. Sir Colussi Sicoma Perugia (ITA)
Final (Sunday, May 13)
18:00 C.E.T.: Cucine Lube Civitanova (ITA) vs. Zenit Kazan (RUS)
To see complete results, stats, and standings, visit our CEV Volleyball Champions League 2017/2018 / Male / Seniors page.