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20/03/2019 22:32
PERUGIA and Skra take their semi-final places alongside Zenit KAZAN
2019 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Men

Luxembourg, March 20, 2019.  After thrills of last week, Volleyball fans around the world were treated to another classic as Zenit SAINT PETERSBURG got the 3-1 win they craved to force the Golden Set, only to fail at the final hurdle and lose it 11-15 to the ever impressive PGE Skra BELCHATOW.  In the second game it was business as usual as Sir Colussi Sicoma PERUGIA secured a straight sets victory to take their semi-final place against last year's champions Zenit KAZAN of Russia.  The final 2019 CEV Volleyball Champions League semi-final slot for men will be decided on Thursday as Cucine Lube CIVITANOVA host Dinamo MOSCOW, leading 3-2 from the first leg.

•    Until today Zenit had demonstrated a fantastic efficiency in tie-breaks this season - winning 11 out of 12.  But the 11-15 loss will hurt.  For a short time it felt like they had pulled themselves back into it at 10-11 (after trailing 6-11), but it was not to be - much to the disappointment of the majority of the attending 5,123 spectators.
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As is usually the way top scorer in the Match of Week was Zenit SAINT PETERSBURG's György Grozer with 28 points, but the fact that the MVP was Jakub Kochanowski from the evenutal winners shows the impact he had on the game - in particular the Golden Set.
•    In days to come, Zenit SAINT PETERSBURG will look back fondly at their debut Champions League campaign, but right now they will see it as a missed opportunity.
•    PGE Skra BELCHATOW reach the last four for their fifth time, and will face the winner of the remaining men's quarter-final set for Thursday.

•    This was the first time that CHAUMONT VB 52 HM have come up against Sir Colussi Sicoma PERUGIA and they will look back with mixed feelings.  After staying with the Italian giants last week, they were powerless today in what proved to be a routine win for the home side.
•    Leon produced a sensational ace at 23-15 in the second set which was recorded as reaching 133 km/h!  One of the fastest of the competition for sure.  He again was MVP and the Best Scorer with 10 spikes, 5 aces and a block.
•    With this win, PERUGIA also maintain their unbeaten status against French teams in the Champions League.
•    Sir Colussi Sicoma PERUGIA facing Zenit KAZAN is a re-match of last year's semi-final, and this time LEON will be standing on the Italian side of the net!
•    PERUGIA have lost only one of their 22 CL matches contested in Italy, a 3-0 defeat against Zenit KAZAN in the 2016/17 final in Rome.

For more go to:
Zenit SAINT PETERSBURG (RUS) vs PGE Skra BELCHATOW (POL)

Sir Colussi Sicoma PERUGIA (ITA) vs CHAUMONT VB 52 HM (FRA)


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