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13/02/2019 09:00
Race to #CLVolleyM quarterfinals heats up with five exciting fixtures
2019 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Men

Luxembourg, February 13, 2019. The pool stage of the 2019 CEV Volleyball Champions League – Men continues on Wednesday with five fixtures including the much-anticipated ‘Match of the Week’, i.e. the Italian derby between Azimut Leo Shoes MODENA and Cucine Lube CIVITANOVA. Lube, Zenit SAINT PETERSBURG and Sir Colussi Sicoma PERUGIA vie for their fifth victory in as many matches as all fixtures are extremely important in order to determine the eventual five pool winners and the three best runners-up that will progress to the quarterfinals. Volleyball fans can follow all of the matches live on EuroVolleyTV and check the official hashtag #CLVolleyM for further updates on social media.

Pool B

Azimut Leo Shoes MODENA (ITA) vs. Cucine Lube CIVITANOVA (ITA)

•    CIVITANOVA and MODENA currently sit in third and fourth place of the Italian national league, respectively.
•    The setter of Azimut Leo Shoes MODENA, Micah Christenson, is recovering from a knee surgery and he will be out for another couple of weeks. On the other hand, the setter of Lube, Bruno Rezende, played for MODENA for a number of years before switching teams with Christenson for the 2018-2019 season.
•    The only 16-year-old setter Matteo Lusetti, from the youth team of MODENA, is a member of the roster for the big match with Lube.
•    Lube’s Diego Cantagalli is the son of MODENA assistant coach Luca, a former world and European champion with Italy.

Julio Velasco, head coach of Azimut Leo Shoes MODENA: “This match is going to be a great opportunity to improve ourselves, no matter if we qualify or not. We won’t think about Christenson’s absence, and we will take to the court with all the confidence we have and I have no doubt about it.”

Osmany Juantorena, player of Cucine Lube CIVITANOVA: “We must forget immediately the national cup final. We have goals a way more important than that and one of those is the Champions League. We will take to the court with our head held high, since this match is important for us to confirm our leading position in Pool B in order to have the best possible draw for the quarterfinals.”


•    The KV Arena hosting this match is an ice hockey hall and as a result, a lot of work took place in a very short time in order to prepare for this Volleyball fixture.
•    It is the second home match for the Czech champions in Pool D. They have a very demanding schedule at the moment since they are busy with three different competitions at the same time – Czech national league and cup plus Champions League.
•    The Czechs have signed one extra player, Lukasz Wiese from Onico WARSZAWA, a well-known face to Zaksa from the Polish national league.
•    More than 3,000 fans attended the first home match of ČEZ KARLOVARSKO in Pool B and the organisers hope for a similar result this time around as well.

Marek Beer, player of ČEZ KARLOVARSKO: “We are looking forward to the match with Zaksa. It will be our second home match in the competition. Our first match in the Champions League was with Zaksa and everything was brand new for us, so we hope we will play a good match at home.”

Andrea Gardini, head coach of Zaksa: “I think the match in Karlovy Vary is a key one for us. Some would say it will be an easy match but I do not think so because the opponent will for sure try to push everything they can and we have to play really well to achieve a good result.”


•    It is the only home match in the second half of the League Round for CHAUMONT VB 52 HM.
•    Zenit have a perfect record of four wins in four matches, including a 3-2 home victory over CHAUMONT earlier this season in Russia.
•    CHAUMONT secured a 3-1 victory in their last match of the French national league on Saturday while Zenit lost 1-3 their last fixture in the Russian Superleague.