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20/11/2019 23:00
Thrilling #ClVolleyW tie-break in Turkey won by Savino Del Bene SCANDICCI
CEV Champions League Volley 2020 - Women

Luxembourg, November 20, 2019. The second day of this first leg of the CEV Champions League Volley 2020 started with a five-set match won by Savino Del Bene SCANDICCI: the Italian team beat the four-time winners of the CEV Champions League Volley VakifBank ISTANBUL. This turned out to be the only away victory on this day: LP SALO won only one set against the home team of Budowlani ŁÓDŹ, whilst Lokomotiv KALININGRAD Region and the reigning #CLVolleyW Champions of Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA achieved straight-sets victory against Nova KBM Branik MARIBOR and Khimik YUZHNY, respectively. 

Pool A 

Budowlani ŁÓDŹ (POL) vs. LP SALO (FIN) 3-1 (25-16, 25-12, 18-25, 25-22)

After just having missed out on the quarterfinals last season, Budowlani ŁÓDŹ are determined to reach that goal this year. LP SALO were the first step along the way and they posed a relatively minor threat, as the Polish team beat the Finns 3-1. Only the third set fell victim to the visiting team. Anastasiia Kraiduba was the match top scorer, with 25 points. She managed to score almost half of that (12) in the fourth set alone. Belgian captain Charlotte Leys of ŁÓDŹ was second best for the home side with 12 points as setter Julia Iwona Nowicka received the MVP award. For LP SALO, both Anna Czakan and Katarina Pilepic scored 13 times. Budowlani find themselves atop Pool A, after Eczacibasi beat Fenerbahce 3-2 on Tuesday in the Match of the Week from Istanbul.

Błażej Krzyształowicz, head coach of Budowlani ŁÓDŹ: “The fourth set was quite nervous. Fortunately, this game was won. The third set that the team from Finland won we played very, very bad. LP SALO used it to their advantage. We cannot afford this type of performance in the future. No matter whom we meet.”

Anna Bączyńska, outside spiker from Budowlani ŁÓDŹ: “I am really happy with our win in the opening game of this Champions League season. We dominated both the first and second sets totally. After that, we lost concentration and had some problems with receiving the opponent’s serves. Luckily we got back on track in the next set and earned three important points.”

Anu Ennok, outside spiker from LP SALO: “It was not our best match. We will play again with Budowlani ŁÓDŹ in Finland. We know it can be hard but we will want to win. I think that stress caused our team to play badly. Many players have not played in the Champions League before, for many it's the first time. I hope that we will play better in the next matches. I must say that we enjoyed playing in Łódź very much. We watched the match ŁKS Commercecon ŁÓDŹ vs Allianz MTV STUTTGART and today we were playing in the same hall surrounded by the loud cheering of the fans. Poland really loves Volleyball. We could see and feel it.”

Pool B

VakifBank ISTANBUL (TUR) vs. Savino Del Bene SCANDICCI (ITA) 2-3 (21-25, 25-19, 25-13, 15-25, 11-15)

Savino Del Bene SCANDICCI have started the 2020 #CLVolleyW with a come from behind 5-set win over 4-time champions VakifBank ISTANBUL. With lots of emotions flowing at the match in the Turkish volleyball capital, the Italian side had just the edge over Giovanni Guidetti's squad.

Two of the most talked about transfers of the summer season were up against each other and their former clubs. Lonneke Slöetjes left VakifBank to join SCANDICCI, while Isabelle Haak went the other way. Slöetjes didn't start the match, Poland's 202 cm rising star Magdalena Stysiak filled the opposite position of Marco Mencarelli's team. Slöetjes stepped onto court from the second set on and helped her team beat former employer VakifBank.

Haak was the top contender for the Turkish side, scoring 18 points. Her teammate Ebrar Karakurt was chosen as the MVP for the match, a title that could have gone to Samantha Bricio from SCANDICCI as well, her tally reaching 15 points, including two aces. After almost two hours of play it was Jovana Stevanovic's slide attack that sealed the deal for SCANDICCI.

Agnieszka Kakolewska, middle blocker of Savino Del Bene SCANDICCI: “Before the game I thought that it would be five sets, and so it was. I am so happy because I always dreamed of playing against VakifBank. Everyone knows that it’s one of the best teams in the world. And now we won against them so I fulfilled my dream. I am so happy that we all played our best. VakifBank is the biggest opponent. Now it should be easier but it’s just only theory. Everything depends on the effort we display on the court and we have to fight like we did today. That’s the most important. We will focus on the next game.”

Marco Mencarelli, head coach of Savino Del Bene SCANDICCI: “We knew that this game would be long and it went to five sets, because VakifBank is obviously a big team. However, we were prepared for this game physically because we expected to to spend a long time on the court. I want congratulate my team because they have played very well. After the third set they took back the flow of the game and started to play again better and better. We won the game so I’m really really happy for the girls and the team.”

Lokomotiv KALININGRAD Region (RUS) vs. Nova KBM Branik MARIBOR(SLO) 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-11)

Lokomotiv, with the help of a great home crowd and the attacking prowess of Ekaterina Orlova, Margarita Kurilo and Iuliia Podskalnaia started the game stronger. However, Nova KBM Branik had enough in the to keep up throughout a big part of the first set, managing in the end to reach the 18 points mark in what would be their highest tally in a set. In the second set the superiority of Lokomotiv was evident. Irina Voronkova played excellently in first draws and scored several points in a row, while Orlova and Ana Cleger scored blocks. The beginning of the third set brought an even battle once again. However, Cleger and Yulia Brovkina rose to the occasion to give their team the win. Lokomotiv’s outside spiker, Margarita Kurilo, was named MVP of the match.

Anita Sobocan, outside hitter of Nova KBM Branik MARIBOR: “We knew that Lokomotiv was of a higher level but we came to fight and we tried to do our best. It was a good experience to play on such a level. Before we did not have enough experience in playing in the Champions League.”

Radovan Gacic, head coach of Nova KBM Branik MARIBOR: “We knew it would be hard but we fought. We did not cope with their service and block and we made some mistakes in attack. Lokomotiv deservedly won this match.”

Andrei Voronkov, head coach of Lokomotiv KALININGRAD Region: “We are very happy that we started the Champions League with a victory. We prepared the match very seriously, so our players did not feel too much pressure. In the first set our opponents played stingy but in the second and third sets our superiority was evident.”

Margarita Kurilo, player of Lokomotiv and MVP of the match: “It was definitely pleasant for me that I received the MVP award but all of our team played very well. The match itself was not so simple and we had to do our best to succeed. Last season as a player of Yenisey KRASNOYARSK, I played against Nova KBM Branik in the CEV Cup; we won both matches 3-0 but I think that they have grown stronger since those matches.”

Pool C

Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA (ITA) vs. Khimik YUZHNY (UKR) 3-0 (25-17, 25-10, 25-7)

The defending champions Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA started their CLVolleyW campaign against newcomers Khimik YUZHNY, the first Ukrainian team to make it to the pool stage, playing on home ground in front of 1,600 fans. The hosts secured their seventh consecutive “clean sheet” victory in the Champions League pool phase, after the six 3-0 wins out of six matches they managed last season. Stefania Sansonna was awarded MVP of the game due to an outstanding performance in passing and defending, while Micha Hancock scored five aces, which is her best seasonal performance so far. Francesca Napodano celebrated her debut in the Champions League.

Daria Stepanovska, outside hitter of Khimik YUZHNY: “It was our first game ever in the pool stage of the CEV Champions League and probably we were too nervous and this affected our approach to the game. Congratulations to NOVARA, they are the titleholders of the CEV Champions League and they showed once more that they are one of the best teams in Europe.”
Francesca Napodano, player of Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA: “I am very happy and excited about my Champions League debut. We wanted to score a three-point victory and we made it thanks to a very good team effort, which makes us look ahead with confidence. Now we look forward to playing our upcoming Champions League games. We want to secure a spot in the Playoff phase.”

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