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01/02/2018 19:15
TRENTINO Diatec motivated to top pool E at the end of 4th Round, Halkbank ANKARA looking confident towards #CLVolleyM Playoffs
2018 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Men

Luxembourg, February 1, 2018. While admitting that the loss in the Italian Cup influenced the team’s start in the match against Arkas IZMIR, TRENTINO Diatec bounced back after the first set, claiming a victory that strengthens their position in Pool E and moves them one step closer towards reaching the Playoffs of the 2018 CEV Champions League. Halkbank ANKARA remain second in pool B with nine points, after defeating Ford Store Levoranta SASTAMALA in straight sets in Turku, Finland. 

Arkas IZMIR (TUR) vs. TRENTINO Diatec (ITA) 1-3 (25-22, 9-25, 17-25, 17-25)

•   Both teams made a good start in the first set, with TRENTINO Diatec being the leading part at the beginning (8-7). However, the home team controlled the rhythm of the first set at the second technical time out, leading 16-12. Arkas IZMIR kept playing the last part of the set well and won 25-22. 
•   TRENTINO Diatec made a perfect start to the second set leading 8-3. Arkas IZMIR tried to show some resistance, but the visitors used their experience and didn't give a chance to the home side, leading 16-7 and finishing the set 25-9.
•   The team from TRENTINO controlled the third set with the help of their brilliant setter Simone Giannelli and crafty outside hitter Uros Kovacevic, extending the gap throughout the set from 8-4, 16-11 and winning it at 25-17.
•   The last set repeated the scenario of the third one with TRENTINO working hard to increase their lead at 8-5, 16-10 and 25-17. Nicholas Hoag, outside hitter of TRENTINO Diatec, didn't show any mercy towards his father, Arkas IZMIR coach Glenn Hoag and the Italians won the away game 3-1. Best scorer of the game was Uros Kovacevic with 18 points for TRENTINO Diatec and Nicholas Hoag followed suit with 17. Cuban opposite Michael Sanchez Bozhulev was the best scorer for the home side with 13 points.


Glenn Hoag, coach of Arkas IZMIR: “We started well in the first set and won it in front of our fans. Afterwards TRENTINO started to serve strong and we couldn't show much resistance to this. We played well in some parts of the game but we need some more consistency. We will keep working on this aspect.”

Angelo Lorenzetti, coach of TRENTINO Diatec: “We lost the Italian Cup last weekend and this affected us in the first set. Then my players started focusing on the game and served well, which was the key point of the win. We became even more motivated to reach the first position in our group after Zaksa KEDZIERZYN-KOZLE lost the other day to Noliko MAASEIK.” 

Ford Store Levoranta SASTAMALA (FIN) vs. Halkbank ANKARA (TUR) 0-3 (21-25, 18-25, 21-25)

•  Halkbank ANKARA have qualified to the Playoffs after winning on Thursday against Ford Store Levoranta SASTAMALA in Turku, Finland. 
• Ford Store Levoranta SASTAMALA need two wins in their last two games to have a chance to be among the best three third placed teams across all pools that will qualify to the Playoffs.
• Halkbank ANKARA outside hitters Burutay Subasi, who missed the previous matchup with SASTAMALA in Ankara, and Nemanja Petric showed a great performance. Subasi scored 12 points in two sets and Petric 18. The Turkish team attacked with 61% efficiency, while Petric's attacking performance reached an even higher and more impressive 70% success rate.
• Swedish Erik Sundberg was the best scorer for the home team with 10 points.
• The game was played in Turku with 2,600 local fans supporting SASTAMALA. It was the first ever international Volleyball game held in the recently opened Kupittaa hall. Ford Store Levoranta SASTAMALA won the Finnish Cup just three weeks ago in the same venue.

Sami Kurttila, coach of Ford Store Levoranta SASTAMALA: “Halkbank is a really, really good team, they played great Volleyball again today. They attacked amazingly. There was a big difference in aggressiveness on the court. Mostly I am upset about the end of the first set, three mistakes in the end made our work too hard. In the second set we lost our service and reception, but in the third we fought again.”

Mikko Esko, captain of Ford Store Levoranta SASTAMALA: “Halkbank ANKARA were really tough. I think that with this level of performance we would have won matches in our domestic league 3-0. All the respect to the opponent, we can still play better and we are proudly here to fight until the last ball of the last match touches the floor.”

Slobodan Kovac, coach of Halkbank ANKARA: “We showed a good performance, especially in controlling their setter Mikko Esko. We tried to use our good service and made it. I think overall it was a good game from us. We achieved a great result in this game. Every victory is important, and today it was special with this nice atmosphere and our first win away.”

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