06. 12. 2019

CWCH 2019 M: Lube lose to Zenit but keep No.1 for semis, routine job for Cruzeiro vs. Al-Rayyan

Source: clubworldchampionships.2019.men.fivb.com; Photo: clubworldchampionships.2019.men.fivb.com

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Cucine Lube Civitanova lost to Zenit Kazan at the closing of the preliminary stage of the 2019 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Club World Championship in Betim (Brazil), but got for what that came to the match.

 

After dominating over the Russian side Zenit in the first set, the European champions Lube assured the first place in the charts and will play the weakest team in the tournament in the semifinals, which is Qatari Al-Rayyan Sports Club. With the No.1 secured after taking the opening set of the match against Zenit, the head coach of the Italian titleholders De Giorgi decided to give the opportunity to backups, leaving only Luxembourgian Rychlicky on the court from the initial lineup. Iranian Ghafour didn’t play at all as he has just returned from an injury and was spared for the decisive games of the tournament. As for Zenit, their head coach Verbov left the strongest forces on the court throughout entire match which resulted in a 3-2 (12-25, 23-25, 25-12, 25-20, 15-10) victory. Bulgarian opposite hitter Tsvetan Sokolov top-scored for Zenit with 19 points. Kamil Rychlicki tallied 14 points for Lube.

Led by Otávio Pinto and Cledenílson Souza (10 points apiece), Sada Cruzeiro Vôlei from Brazil swept Al-Rayyan and settled at the No.2 prior to the semifinals, which means they will face Zenit in the battle for the final. Brazilian Marcus Vinícius Costa put down 11 points for the side from Doha.

2019 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Club World Championship – Round 3

December 5:

Cucine Lube Civitanova (ITA) - Zenit Kazan (RUS) 2-3 (25-12, 25-23, 12-25, 20-25, 10-15)

December 6:

Sada Cruzeiro Vôlei (BRA) - Al-Rayyan Sports Club (QAT) 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-17)

Semifinals

December 7:

(2) Sada Cruzeiro Vôlei (BRA) – (3) Zenit Kazan (RUS), 18:00 CET

(1) Cucine Lube Civitanova (ITA) – (4) Al-Rayyan Sports Club (QAT), 21:00 CET

Standings

 

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