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01/03/2017 23:25
Six wins out of six matches for titleholders as top teams move on to Playoffs
2017 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Men

Luxembourg, March 1, 2017. Zenit KAZAN are the only team boasting an immaculate record of six wins in as many matches after the group stage of the 2017 CEV Volleyball Champions League – Men ended on Wednesday night with 10 exciting fixtures. The four-time gold medallists from Europe’s elite club competition completed a clean sweep of their matches in Pool C as another four teams – Zaksa KEDZIERZYN-KOZLE, Cucine Lube CIVITANOVA, Azimut MODENA and Sir Sicoma Colussi PERUGIA – progressed to the Playoffs 12 with a 5-1 win-loss record and as leaders of their respective pools. Since PERUGIA are already through to the Final Four taking place on April 29-30 in Rome, the five runners-up – i.e. Dinamo MOSCOW, BERLIN Recycling Volleys, Arkas IZMIR, PGE Skra BELCHATOW and Belogorie BELGOROD – progressed to the Playoffs 12, together with the three third-placed teams with the best result – Knack ROESELARE, Asseco Resovia RZESZOW and ISTANBUL BBSK.

Zenit KAZAN knew already before the last round of play in Pool C that they would finish the group stage in first place – but despite this, they showed much resilience to complete their duties with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Arkas IZMIR. In that same pool, the dream of VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN to make it to the Playoffs 12 vanished after the Germans lost two sets – and eventually the match at the tiebreak – to PARIS Volley.

Three Italian teams – MODENA, PERUGIA and CIVITANOVA – finished at the top of their respective pools with a 5-1 win-loss record. PERUGIA and CIVITANOVA completed their campaign in Pool E and B, respectively in style edging Halkbank ANKARA (3-1) and the BERLIN Recycling Volleys (3-0) whereas MODENA suffered their first setback in Pool D, but even a tiebreak loss to ACH Volley LJUBLJANA did not pose a threat to their leadership in the group.

Among the last ones to secure their progression to the Playoffs 12 were PGE Skra BELCHATOW and ISTANBUL BBSK. Skra made amends for their 1-3 loss earlier this season at the hands of Romania’s S.C.M. “U” CRAIOVA to cruise to a 3-0 victory and seal second place in Pool D. As for ISTANBUL BBSK, the Turks ended the winning streak of Zaksa KEDZIERZYN-KOZLE in Pool A and qualified for the Playoffs only on match points – boasting a better quotient than CRAIOVA as these teams have the same number of wins (two) and ranking points (seven).

The 2015 silver medallists, Asseco Resovia RZESZOW also made it to the Playoffs on the last night of the group stage courtesy of their 3-0 victory over Czech champions Dukla LIBEREC. As many as three teams progressed to the knockout stage from Pool E – next to PERUGIA, Belogorie BELGOROD and Knack ROESELARE are through to the Playoffs too.

The Drawing of Lots for the Playoffs 12 and 6 will take place on Friday, March 3 at 11:00 CET and determine who plays who in the next round of Europe’s elite club competition, with action set to resume on March 14-16 with the first set of matches on schedule for the Playoffs 12.

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