HalkBank top scorers: Juantorena 20, Sokolov 18, Kubiak 7.
Belogorie top scorers: Grozer 22, Muserskiy 21, Tetyukhin 8.
It was perhaps the most intense game of the Champions League in this season. Both sides have really given their best, and it is really petty that such volleyball giants had to meet so early in the competition.
In the first set, Belogorie had a better opening and had the lead 15:13. But, then, a crucial run of the home side. HalkBank scored 5 in a row and went ahead at 18:15. They did not have problems to finish the set 25:20.
However, Belogorie had an immediate reaction. Russians had even better set opening this time and escaped on 13:6. HalkBank just couldn’t catch up. The second set was over by a strong spike of Georgy Grozer – 25:20.
But, a true drama was on the way. It was such a close third set, and the result was tied at 23:23, when Sergey Tetyukhin made an ace! Set ball for Belogorie – 24:23. But, Osmany Juantorena was just too good this evening. Cuban star saved HalkBank with a powerful spike for 24:24, then Turkish block then stopped Taras Khtey for 25:24, and finally it was once again Juantorena. He was unstoppable in the counterattack and HalkBank won the third set – 26:24!
If you thought that the third set was the most dramatic you would be wrong. In the fourth set Belogorie had two set balls to take this match into the tie-break – 24:22. HalkBank saved the first one (24:23), and then Juantorena made the play of the day. He blocked Dragan Travica! Yes you read it correctly. Italian setter tried to surprise rival’s defense with a “dump”, but Juantorena saw that coming and blocked that attempt for 24:24!
Belogorie failed to convert two more set balls afterward, and they just had to be punished for missing so many chances. Dmitriy Muserskiy spiked the ball into out and gave a match ball for HalkBank at 27:26. You can guess who ended the game. Juantorena with a pipe which stormed through Belogorie defense.
PLAYOFF 12 / /
|Game||Date/Time||Teams||Set||Result per set||Stats||Videos|
|Home Matches||10. 02. 2015 19:00||Halkbank||vs||Belogorie Belgorod||3:1||25:20, 20:25, 26:24, 28:26|
|Home Matches||11. 02. 2015 18:00||C.V.M. Tomis Constanta||vs||Lokomotiv Novosibirsk||0:0|
|Home Matches||11. 02. 2015 20:00||VfB Friedrichshafen ( M )||vs||Asseco Resovia Rzeszów||0:0|
|Home Matches||11. 02. 2015 20:30||Cucine Lube Banca Marche Treia||vs||PGE Skra Bełchatów||0:0|
|Home Matches||12. 02. 2015 17:30||KS Jastrzębski Wegiel||vs||Sir Safety Perugia||0:0|
|Home Matches||12. 02. 2015 20:30||Copra Piacenza||vs||Zenit Kazan||0:0|
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