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11/03/2019 12:38
Trefl GDANSK take on Russian armada in #CLVolleyM ‘Match of the Week’
2019 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Men

Luxembourg, March 11, 2019. After a short break, the 2019 CEV Volleyball Champions League – Men resumes with the quarterfinals, as eight teams are in contention and fighting for a spot at the historic Super Finals, which are due to take place at Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin on May 18. Pool D winners Trefl GDANSK host six-time CL champions Zenit KAZAN in the ‘Match of the Week’. Zenit KAZAN swept six matches in a row in Pool A and are on a winning streak in the competition that has been lasting for 29 matches since March 2016. Will Trefl GDANSK be able to stop the run of the Russian armada? Make sure you follow the ‘Match of the Week’ on EuroVolleyTV!

Head-to-Head

•    Trefl GDANSK and Zenit KAZAN meet for the third time in the Champions League.
•    Zenit KAZAN defeated Trefl in both Playoff 12 meetings in 2015/16: 3-1 in Gdansk and 3-0 in Kazan.
•    For Trefl, these were their only previous CL matches against Russian opposition.
•    Zenit KAZAN have lost only four of their 16 CL matches versus teams from Poland, two against PGE Skra BELCHATOW and two against JASTRZEBSKI Wegiel.
•    Zenit KAZAN's defeat against PGE Skra in the Playoff 6 on 16 March 2016 was their last loss in the CL.

Trefl GDANSK

•    Trefl GDANSK are in this season's Champions League quarterfinals as they topped Pool D in the fourth round.
•    Trefl finished in joint-eighth place in their only previous CL participation, in 2015/16.
•    In eight of the last nine CL seasons, at least one Polish team reached the last four. The only exception in this run was the 2016/17 campaign.
•    A Polish team has yet to win the CL. The best result is a runners-up finish by PGE Skra BELCHATOW (2011/12) and Asseco Resovia RZESZÓW (2014/15).
•    Trefl are on a five-match winning streak in the CL, already their longest in the competition.
•    Two of Trefl's four CL defeats (W10-L4) came against Zenit KAZAN.
•    Maciej Muzaj scored 115 points in the fourth round this CL season, third-most behind Jolan Cox (123 for Greenyard MAASEIK) and György Grozer (118 for Zenit SAINT PETERSBURG).
•    In the fourth round, Piotr Nowakowski (62.75%) had the best spiker efficiency, while Michal Kozlowski (61.76%) had the second-best setter efficiency behind Zenit KAZAN's Alexander Butko (62.50%).

Zenit KAZAN

•    Zenit KAZAN reached this season's Champions League quarterfinals by topping Pool A in the fourth round.
•    Zenit have won a record six CL titles, including four in the last four seasons: 2007/08, 2011/12, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18.
•    Zenit have reached the last four in each of the last eight CL campaigns, since an eighth place in 2009/10.
•    Zenit are on a CL record winning streak of 29 matches, which started on 24 March 2016. Their last defeat in the competition was a 3-2 against PGE Skra BELCHATOW in the Playoff 6 on 16 March 2016.
•    Zenit (110) have won the most CL matches on the men's side, leading Cucine Lube CIVITANOVA (86) and VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN (86) (all excl. 2019 quarter-finals).
•    Zenit have won at least two sets in each of their last 50 CL matches, since a 3-1 defeat against JASTRZEBSKI Wegiel on 23 March 2014.
•    In the fourth round, Alexander Butko (62.50%) the best setter efficiency and Earvin Ngapeth (17) scored the most aces.


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