The match started with the confusion on both sides. The first point lasted surprisingly long (1-0 for Zenit). Piacenza equalized after bad communication between León and Gutsalyuk. Both wanted to spike!
Came the period of bad serving from both teams, but Zenit maintained serious gap (12-7). Another interesting fact. Four serves out of last 5 at this result ended with errors!
Gutsalyuk gave hard time to the guests with serves (16-8). It was the signal for coach Radici to change Massari with Ter Horst. He had to try to fix the reception of his team but it didn’t happen. Anderson continued with powerful and precise spikes (19-11).
When Anderson scored two consecutive aces, everything was ready for the second set (21-11). Final result was 25-13.
Piacenza’s players knew they need to win the second set in order to keep their chances alive for the Golden Set. And that’s how they started this part of the game.
Tavares’ clever float serves were uncatchable for Zenit’s receivers, especially for Mikhailov (1-5)! León’s spike from way behind the 3rd meter line gave hope to Zenit (4-7). It was even 6-8, but soon Piacenza returned the gap (6-10).
It looked like losing the second set made Zenit’s players angry. They demolished the opponents in the third!
On 3-0 lead for the hosts, Radici was forced to calm down his proteges, but it didn’t work. Mikhailov was breaking the reception of the guests. Zlatanov showed weakness again and was replaced by veteran Papi on 6-0!
Mikhailov didn’t stop only on serving, his attacks were unstoppable (7-1).
Interesting situation happened at the result of 21-12. Marouf hung on to the net while landing. It was totally needlessly from the Iranian setter. It caused a break in Kazan of couple of minutes because he damaged the top of the net which had to be repaired.
PLAYOFF 12 / /
|Game||Date/Time||Teams||Set||Result per set||Stats||Videos|
|Away Matches||17. 02. 2015 19:00||Belogorie Belgorod||vs||Halkbank||3:1||14:25; 25:17; 25:16; 25:22 GS (11:15)||STAT|
|Away Matches||18. 02. 2015 19:00||Lokomotiv Novosibirsk||vs||C.V.M. Tomis Constanta||3:0||25:13; 25:12; 25:21||STAT|
|Away Matches||18. 02. 2015 20:30||Asseco Resovia Rzeszów||vs||VfB Friedrichshafen ( M )||3:1||25:18; 25:16; 22:25; 25:17||STAT|
|Away Matches||18. 02. 2015 20:30||Sir Safety Perugia||vs||KS Jastrzębski Wegiel||3:0||25:18; 25:22; 25:17||STAT|
|Away Matches||19. 02. 2015 18:00||PGE Skra Bełchatów||vs||Cucine Lube Banca Marche Treia||0:0||VIDEO|
|Away Matches||19. 02. 2015 18:30||Zenit Kazan||vs||Copra Piacenza||3:2||25:13; 24:26; 25:14; 30:32; 15:10|
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