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Vero Volley and Crvena Zvezda thrash opponents to set up exciting clash in #CEVChallengeCupM 8th Finals
2019 CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup - Men

Luxembourg, December 5, 2018. A number of matches took place on Wednesday night for the 16th Finals of the 2019 CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup – Men with Italian rookies Vero Volley MONZA looking in supreme form as they beat Estonia’s PÄRNU VK 3-0 for the second time in as many games. Their next opponent will be Serbia’s Crvena Zvezda BEOGRAD that easily disposed of Radnik BIJELJINA of Bosnia and Herzegovina in three sets as well in an all-Balkan derby. The clash between European Cups rookies MONZA and Crvena Zvezda will account for one of the major highlights in the 8th Finals of the competition.

Vero Volley MONZA (ITA) vs. PÄRNU VK (EST) 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-19)

In what was their historic home debut in the European Cups, Vero Volley MONZA recorded a second 3-0 victory over their Estonian opponent to claim a spot in the 1/8 Finals where they will be playing Crvena Zvezda BEOGRAD. Their head coach Fabio Soli opted for Stefano Giannotti instead of Amir Ghafour for the diagonal with setter Santiago Orduna. Giannotti, together with Donovan Dzavoronok, Oleh Plotnytskyi (top scorer of the match with 15 points, 2 aces and 76% in attack) and Viktor Yosifov helped MONZA claim the first and second sets – and with that secure their ticket to the next round. In the third set, there were some changes in the starting six of both teams but the course of the game stayed the same. Even though Chizoba Eduardo Neves (14 points, 1 ace and 1 block), best scorer of his team, tried to help PÄRNU VK put up a fight, the match ended after just a little more than an hour of play.

Vero Volley MONZA mounting a double block on Illia Kovalov of PÄRNU VK.

Stefano Giannotti, player of Vero Volley MONZA: “For sure a match like this, in front of an opponent who came here without any pressure, was not that simple to deal with. We have been good at never losing concentration, proving to be a united team that, regardless of who takes to the court, plays with the right approach. Now we will focus on the 1/8 Finals where we will face the team from Belgrade.”

Crvena Zvezda BEOGRAD (SRB) vs. Radnik BIJELJINA (BIH) 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-18)

Crvena Zvezda BEOGRAD secured their ticket to the 1/8 Finals with a second straight 3-0 victory over their opponents from Bosnia and Herzegovina in an all-Balkan derby.

The young players of Crvena Zvezda celebrate their victory and qualification to the 8th Finals.

Dragan Kobiljski, head coach of Crvena Zvezda BEOGRAD: “I am very happy that my team won today. They played at a very high level and without too many oscillations. We are satisfied that we made it through the first round and we will now meet very strong opponents from Italy. Honestly, we prepared well for this match and I am glad that my young team showed a great performance in both matches.”

Vladimir Milicevic, head coach of Radnik BIJELJINA: “We are disappointed that we lost but on the other hand we knew that Zvezda is a much better team. This was our first appearance on the European scene and we can be satisfied with our performance in both matches. This is definitely a new experience for us and I must say that I still remember the full house from the first match at home and I will not forget that.”

Stroitel MINSK (BLR) vs. SC Portugal LISBOA (POR) 3-2 (30-32, 22-25, 25-19, 26-24, 15-10)

•    Stroitel stormed to a 6-3 lead in the first set, much to the delight of the home crowd. However, using the mistakes made by the home team to their advantage, the visitors fought back to 20-all and the tension mounted in a dramatic final section of the opening set. The team from Portugal eventually sealed a 32-30 win with the help of their experienced players Todor Aleksiev and Wallace Jansen De Souza.
•    Stroitel made some changes to their starting six in the second set but still trailed 6-9. The Portuguese team performed extremely well in attack (16-11) and even though Stroitel closed in at 19-21, they ended up losing the second set as well. At this stage, Stroitel knew their European adventure had ended with SC Portugal LISBOA progressing to the next round.
•    The match continued with the visitors making many changes to their line-up and Stroitel securing both the third and fourth sets (25-19 and 26-24). The hosts dominated the tiebreak as well (6-3, 11-7, 15-10), thus bidding farewell to the competition with a victory.

Roberto Mauro Silva Reis of SC Portugal LISBOA portrayed during the match with Stroitel MINSK.

Pavel Audochanka, player of Stroitel: “We lost the first and second sets because of our own mistakes. The spirit was good, but we could not quite make it a work, as we should have relaxed a bit and played more calmly. As soon as the pressure was gone, we played a completely different game and made much fewer mistakes. We are not happy with our game, especially with the many mistakes we made and the problems we had in reception. The Portuguese team can count on players who have competed in some of the highest-level national leagues, so they played without making unforced errors when the pressure was high. We did not put enough pressure on them as we are actually able to do.”

Aliaksandr Sinhayeuski, head coach of Stroitel: “We had chances to win the first set but they won it thanks to their experience. Towards the end of the first set, our reception fell apart whilst they have a good setter and opposite, whom we could not stop. He performed his best exactly at the end of the first and second sets. There our block did not work well either. After losing the first set, we needed some time to recover from that setback and I had to make some changes. I had to replace Audochanka and Uladzislau Davyskiba as we were struggling in reception, but we ended up losing our leaders. I am nevertheless quite satisfied with the game even though our serves were not too good from a tactical standpoint and we should have diversified them. Our losses in the first and second sets and the lack of experience made the difference. It is a pity that our journey in this competition has ended here.”

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