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Halkbank Triumphs to Face Perugia in Semifinals, Sunbirds and Minas Set for Showdown in Bengaluru

by WoV
source: Volleyball World

In an impressive comeback at the 2023 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Club World Championship in Bengaluru, India, Türkiye’s Halkbank Spor Kulübü emerged victorious, securing their spot in the semifinals. Overcoming a challenging start, Halkbank clinched the second position in Pool B and is now poised to face the reigning champions, Italy’s Sir Sicoma Perugia, who dominated Pool A.

Halkbank vs. Sada Cruzeiro – Photo: Volleyball World

Meanwhile, Japan’s Suntory Sunbirds, leading Pool B, are preparing to compete against Brazil’s Itambé Minas in the other semifinal clash.

Halkbank’s journey to the semifinals was nothing short of dramatic. Their initial defeat to the Sunbirds placed them in a precarious position. Entering the Koramangala Indoor Stadium, the team needed a decisive victory against Brazil’s Sada Cruzeiro Vôlei to stay in contention. Halkbank not only won but did so in straight sets (26-24, 25-18, 28-26), a result that dramatically ousted Sada Cruzeiro from the tournament.

Key to Halkbank’s success were their main stars, who shone brightly in this crucial match. Earvin Ngapeth led the scoring with 16 points, while Nimir Abdel-Aziz and Canadian Gordon Perrin also made significant contributions.

On the other hand, defending champions Perugia continued their dominant run by not dropping a single set over two days. Their latest victory over the Ahmedabad Defenders (25-18, 25-19, 25-11) underscored their formidable form, earning them the top spot in Pool A.

Perugia’s opposite Jesus Herrera and outside hitter Oleh Plotnytskyi played pivotal roles in their win. Despite the efforts of the Defenders’ Manoj Lakshmipuram, Perugia proved too strong to overcome.

As the event heads into the semifinals on Saturday, followed by the medal matches on Sunday, anticipation and excitement are at an all-time high. The stage is set for a thrilling conclusion to the Men’s Club World Championship in Bengaluru, with four top teams ready to battle for the coveted title.

Pool A

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Pool B

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