HalkBank top scorers: Sokolov 29, Kubiak 13, Tekeli 11.
Zenit top scorers: Leon 19, Anderson 18, Mikhailov 18, Ashchev 12.
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The opposite of Halkbank, Sokolov opened the first set with strong aces for lead of 4:1. On the other side Maxim Mikhailov got angry, he scored few points in row while in that moment the hosts made mistakes for series of 0:6 for Zenit (4:7).
On the result 7:10 for the Russian giant Sokolov attacked “block out” (the ball hit Wilfredo Leon in the head and went to out) but the second referee said that it was his mistake. After short discussions the captain of Halkbank Ulaş got yellow card.
In one moment of the set the team of coach Alekno was leading 8:14 but HalkBank equalized thanks to the good service 15:15! From that moment teams played point by point until 20:20. With good play of Subasi the domestic team took lead of 22:20 and Sokolov brought set point 24:22. Tekeli used the second one for 25:23 and 1:0.
The second set Halkbank started in the same mood. They led 3:1 when Zenit equalized and then went on the first technical time out with 6:8. Only once until the end of this period the result was equal (9:9) because Zenit played much better during the whole set. Over Anderson , Leon and Ashev , they escaped on +7 (13:20) and with three service mistakes of Kubiak, Batur and Sokolov , Zenit finished this set 17:25.
This was amazing set. Halkbank played on high level! In the first TTO they had 8:3 after ace of Batur and soon on the scoreboard has written 13:7. Both teams made a lot of service mistakes but Sokolov was just unstoppable. Zenit came near 15:13 and 18:16 after strong attacks of Leon and Anderson, but the Turkish leader scored points in row for +8 (24:16) and Resul used the second ball for 2:1 in sets and 25:18.
Saeid Marouf started the fourth set after Alekno changed him at the middle of the third set. But this situation didn’t bring anything special for Zenit because match was played point by point until 8:8. Subasi won points in row for 11:8 while Sokolov brought Halkbank leadership of 16:13 and 17:5.
After that moment Zenit behaved as if nothing had happened. Over amazing attacks of Leon they equalized 17:17 and the teams fought until end. After three equalization Anderson won 23th point, Mikhailov brought set point while Leon in his style scored 25th for the semifinals of the Champions League 2015.
Everything was over so the teams played just for the spectators in Ankara Baskent sport hall. Alekno rested the main players while Halkbank changed some players. Zenit led 9:12 but after mistake of young Russian players domestic team took lead 14:13. After time out of Zenit they equalized 14:14 but team from Ankara finished 16:14 after mistake of Poletaev.
PLAYOFF 6 /
|Game||Date/Time||Teams||Set||Result per set||Stats||Videos|
|Home Matches||04. 03. 2015 19:00||Zenit Kazan||vs||Halkbank||3:0||25:19; 25:18; 25:17||STAT|
|Away Matches||11. 03. 2015 19:00||Halkbank ( W )||vs||Zenit Kazan||3:2||25:23; 17:25; 25:18; 23:25; 16:14|
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