Club Volleyball News
Club Volleyball News
While the weekend was completed in the favor of CEV Champions League Volley squads in Türkiye and Italy, where all powerhouses overpowered their opponents, the most anticipated match was held in Poland, and the Rzeszow side took an important victory against Lodz.
Two #CLVolleyW participants faced off in the seventh round of the Polish Tauron Liga, where PGE Rysice Rzeszow hosted Grot Budowlani Lodz. In front of their more than 4000 fans, the Rzeszow side started the match quite powerfully and quickly found a 2-0 lead in sets. However, the visiting side then played a better game in the third and extended the match to one more set. The Rzeszow side then remembered how they played in the beginning and won the clash 3-1 (25-15, 25-15, 21-25, 25-14).
The Colombian outside hitter Amanda Coneo was honored as the MVP of the match as she scored a total of 17 points, including three kill blocks. The Czechian opposite Gabriela Orvosova became the top scorer of the huge fight with 18 points, and Polish middle blocker Magdalena Jurczyk set up six blocks. American outside hitter Mackenzie May (16 points) and Serbian opposite Ana Bjelica (14 points) were the most productive players on the losing side.
Rzeszow side, therefore, completed the weekend in third place on the overall standings, and Budowlani Lodz placed fourth. The other CEV Champions League Volley team in the country, LKS Commercecon Lodz, took a 3-0 victory over Mielec, which brought them to the fifth position. The only undefeated squad in the domestic league, Bielsko-Biala, continued to stand at the top after the seventh clash.
The reigning #CLVolleyW titleholder, VakifBank Istanbul, took the court against PTT in the eighth week of the Turkish Sultanlar League. With a superior performance from the first ball to the last, Italian expert Giovanni Guidetti's squad became victorious in straight sets (3-0: 25-16, 25-15, 25-21). American opposite Jordan Thompson and her compatriot Chiaka Ogbogu were the only players who scored in double digits in the match, with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Thanks to the win, VakifBank maintained their perfect record of nine victories in nine matches and stayed in first place. Their closest follower, Eczacibasi Dynavit Istanbul, received an important win opposed to Galatasaray Daikin Istanbul by 3-0, where the Turkish setter Naz Aydemir Akyol shone with her five kill blocks.
All Italian representatives of the CEV Champions League Volley also let no surprises happen and passed their rivals without any difficulties. After the eighth round, Imoco continued their winning streak, while Savino Del Bene Scandicci and Vero Volley Milano placed in third and fourth positions, respectively.
Now, the teams will start to get prepared for their new domestic league challenges and also for their third battle in the continent's most prestigious tournament, #CLVolleyW. We will see how the strongest clubs perform in their new national and continental tests.