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14/02/2019 20:39
Zenit SAINT PETERSBURG claim quarterfinal spot in another five-set match, CHAUMONT stay in contention
2019 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Men

Luxembourg, February 14, 2019.  The Russian side of Zenit SAINT PETERSBURG recorded their fifth straight win in the 2019 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Men on Wednesday when visiting CHAUMONT VB 52 HM in France. And just like the first time these two teams met in November, it had to come to a tiebreak to determine the winner. By the slightest of margins, Zenit won and now they can look forward to the quarterfinals. Another five-set game in Pool C took place on Thursday with Germany’s VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN edging ACH Volley LJUBLJANA in the Slovenian capital to cement themselves in the third place in the final standings, leaving CHAUMONT alone in contention for the quarters as the runner-up in the pool.

CHAUMONT VB 52 HM (FRA) vs. Zenit SAINT PETERSBURG (RUS) 2-3 (24-26, 25-13, 19-25, 25-17, 18-20)

•    Zenit won 3-2 after 2h10 of high-class Volleyball.
•    It is the first home defeat for CHAUMONT VB 52 HM this season in the #CLVolleyM.
•    The tiebreak lasted longer than the second, third and the fourth sets with 28 minutes of play.
•    CHAUMONT’s top scorer was Taylor Averill with 18 points.
•    Zenit’s top scorer was Oreol Camejo Durruthy, with 20 points. 

Julien Winkelmuller, opposite of CHAUMONT VB 52 HM: “We had the chances to finish it off but we were not good on match points. On the other hand, they are a really good team, and they know how to manage the pressure. We were really great for two sets, making only a few mistakes. We lost two tight matches against this really great team. We are learning and we retain the big collective performance. Now we will need a win from the last match to qualify for the quarterfinals.”

Oreol Camejo Durruthy, outside hitter of Zenit SAINT PETERSBURG: “This win is good for our mental state, we are proud to have won. Personally, I was a bit sick, and I played without training, but the main thing is qualifying for the quarterfinals. We were waiting for a difficult game, we knew they are a good team, and we saw it during the first match. One more time, they were good, but we could claim the win.”

ACH Volley LJUBLJANA (SLO) vs. VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN (GER) 2-3 (25-21, 22-25, 16-25, 25-22, 7-15) )

•    ACH Volley played under their new coach, former player Matija Pleško, who replaced Andrej Urnaut a week ago. This was his second game as a head coach of ACH.
•    Both teams started very focused and were tied up until 16th point. With two consecutive blocks ACH Volley gained a small 18-16 advantage prompting FRIEDRICHSHAFEN's coach Vital Heynen to use a time-out. The players from Ljubljana finished what they started converting their third set point with a smart attack by young Timofii Poluian to a 25-21 final.
•    The multiple Slovenian champions continued with their good performance to stay in control in the second set until the score was drawn level at 15-15 with an ace by FRIEDRICHSHAFEN’s Adrian Aciobanitei. At 19-18, ACH Volley had the lead for the last time before the opponents started playing better in attack and won the set by 25-22.
•    The Orange Dragons were in the lead again at 10-6 in the third set, but let German team come closer and the latter went on to take a 16-14 advantage. The Slovenians gained only two more points after this and lost the set by 16-25.
•    The beginning of the fourth set was similar to the others, with a good start for the Slovenians (7-5), who then managed to keep the advantage and in front of a home crowd of over 1,000 spectators battled through to a 25-22 win to prompt the decisive fifth set.
•    The tie-breaker was all about the German team, who let the home team score only seven points.
•    Timofii Poluian was the best scorer of the match with 21 points for ACH Volley. Bartlomiej Boladz scored 20 times for the winning side.

Matija Pleško, coach of ACH Volley LJUBLJANA: “Our opponents, with their coach, who is brilliant, made us make mistakes that we didn't want to make. My players gave everything and had positive energy, but they are also young players, who need time to get used to play games at this level.”

Vital Heynen, coach of VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN: “We came here to give a lot of players time on the court, which we did. Everybody played and we were still able to win. I feel a bit sorry for coach Pleško, because I know it would be nice for him to win his first match. I don't think it was the best Volleyball. At some moments there were nice actions, but in general it can be better. In the tie-break we played smarter and that decided the game.”

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