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03/04/2018 21:15
Belogorie rout Ziraat Bankasi in first round of #CEVCupM Finals
2018 CEV Volleyball Cup - Men

Belgorod, Russia, April 3, 2018. Belogorie BELGOROD needed only 68 minutes on Tuesday night to secure a compelling 3-0 home victory (25-13, 25-15, 25-14) in their first matchup with Ziraat Bankasi ANKARA with the title of this year’s CEV Cup – Men at stake. The return match will be taking place next Tuesday, April 10 in the Turkish capital. Belogorie are vying for their first European Cup title since they won the CEV Volleyball Champions League in 2014.

•    Belogorie BELGOROD provided something to cheer about for some 4,500 fans in attendance at Sports Palace Cosmos.
•    Ziraat Bankasi ANKARA claimed a small lead only in the early stages of the third set (2-0) before Belogorie stormed to a 3-0 victory.
•    The coach of Belogorie, Alexander Kosarev, did not have to make any substitutions throughout the match – with the only exception being Roman Danilov who joined the actions just to serve. On the other hand, Ziraat Bankasi changed Bartosz Kurek many times for Vojin Cacic, but to no avail.
•    Belogorie setter Roman Poroshin passed the ball to Dmitry Muserskiy on every possible occasion – and as a result, Muserskiy top scored in the end with 18 points. Kurek paced Ziraat Bankasi with seven points.


Sergey Tetyukhin, team captain of Belogorie BELGOROD: “We had to make amends for the bad matches we had played in the quarterfinals of the Russian national league – we owed this to ourselves and to the fans as well. The Turkish team did not cause us any problems tonight. We played very well in every element of the game, including from the service line. However, I think that the second match will be completely different. They have some very good players; they will be playing at home, in front of their fans, so we have to be ready for that.”

Joshko Milenkoski, head coach of Ziraat Bankasi ANKARA: “Tonight we played in a very famous sports hall, which is some kind of a ‘hall of fame’ since it has hosted many important matches, including a Champions League final. Belogorie played amazingly well today – and they did so especially with their service and block. They did not give us any chance to play our game. A team including a number of Olympic champions such as Sergey Grankin, Sergey Tetyukhin, Dmitriy Muserskiy and Alexey Obmochaev deserves the victory and they deserve to win the cup as well. However, I still hope that the re-match in Ankara will be different.”

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