Russian, German, Italian, and Belarusian teams advance in CEVCupW

Friday 9th of February 2018

Luxembourg, February 7, 2018. Russian top squads Uralochka-NTMK EKATERINBURG, Yenisei KRASNOYARSK as well as German team DRESDNER SC clinched their second victory to book their tickets to the #CEVCupW quarterfinals with a clean sheet, while Belarusian champions Minchanka MINSK make history with their first-ever qualification for the #CEVCupW quarterfinals.

Here are the full results and the match reports:

Nova KBM Branik MARIBOR (SLO) vs. Yenisei KRASNOYARSK (RUS) 1-3 (24-26, 21-25, 25-14, 18-25)

  • The two teams stood out with their blocking game. Nova KBM Branik MARIBOR booked 10 blocks, while Yenisei KRASNOYARSK scored nine (six in the fourth set alone).
  • Russian international Natalia Malykh was best scorer of Yenisei KRASNOYARSK with 13 points as three of her teammates scored more than nine points each.
  • The best blockers of the game were Sara Najdic of Nova KBM Branik MARIBOR and Iana Manziuk of Yenisei KRASNOYARSK with four blocks each.
  • Nova KBM Branik MARIBOR scored 12 aces over the entire game. Ana Marija Vovk contributed four ace points to the impressive number registered by the Slovenian champions.

Pomì CASALMAGGIORE (ITA) vs. Linamar-BÉKÉSCSABAI RS KFT (HUN) 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-18)

  • Best player Andrea Drews of Pomì CASALMAGGIORE gathered 17 points (including three blocks).
  • Hosts Pomì CASALMAGGIORE started with a scoring spree into the game to lead 8-2. Linamar-BÉKÉSCSABAI RS KFT were able to shorten the deficit, but not to level the set.
  • Edina Dobi of Linamar-BÉKÉSCSABAI RS KFT was the best blocker of the game with five blocks as she top scored for her side with 13 points.
  • Pomì CASALMAGGIORE increased their efficiency rate in the offensive game over the match. In the third set, every second attack by the Italian side resulted into a point. Linamar-BÉKÉSCSABAI RS KFT star player Ksenija Ivanovic was not able to play due to an injury.

Marina Zambelli, player of CASALMAGGIORE: “I am very happy with the victory and because I was in the starting six. I have been working very hard lately but the results did not reflect this, so when something positive is within our reach, we have to take advantage of that opportunity.” 

“We knew it was going to be a difficult match,” said Linamar opposite spiker Lucia Fresco, “because the Italian league is very competitive. Ksenija Ivanovic, an important player for us, suffered an injury before coming to Italy so it was difficult for us to prepare this match. I think that we played a good match, we fought and I have a good feeling about our performance.”  

DRESDNER SC (GER) vs. TS Volley DUEDINGEN (SUI) 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-22)

  • DUEDINGEN’s Danielle Harbin was the best scorer of the match with 20 points.
  • DRESDNER SC started with star setter Mareen Apitz in the first two sets, while Madison Bugg came in during the 2nd set and remained on the court until the end of the game. Bugg scored 3 block points. DSC coach Waibl Alexander substituted almost the entire team at the end of the 4th set; all of DRESDEN’s younger players were on the court (average age: 21) when Marrit Jasper scored the final point.
  • Among the 2,531 spectators in attendance, there were also 25 fans from DUEDINGEN who travelled with their team and made a lot of noise.

Michelle Petter, libero of DRESDNER SC: “It was difficult to play our game today. But we stepped up our game in the second set. We are happy that we advance to the quarterfinals now, especially as we are going to face Allianz MTV STUTTGART. We lost to them in the German Bundesliga a few days ago and now we have the opportunity to get even.”

Danielle Harbin, opposite hitter of TSV Volley DUEDINGEN: “You know, you have some ups and down in a game. We had some struggle in the second set, especially me. But I have really good teammates, so they helped me out. Even if one person is struggling, the whole team is going to pick you up. But we do not drop down, we all stay pretty well. I loved the atmosphere here. I loved the exciting fans. The fans made me excited on the court. It was so much fun playing here, especially in such a big gym."

Minchanka MINSK (BLR) vs. BEZIERS VB (FRA) 3-1 (18-25, 25-16, 25-15, 25-13)

  • Minchanka MINSK make the CEV Cup quarterfinals for the first time in the club history.
  • BEZIERS VB could not count on their star player Krystal Rivers for the 2nd leg match. The American was out because of a back injury.
  • 17-year-old standout Hanna Hryshkevich was the best player of the game with 19 points. The aspiring Belarusian star led her club to glory just one day before turning 18.
  • Nadzeya Stoliar and Aksana Kavalchuk nipped the French offensive game in the bud with three blocks each.
  • Minchanka MINSK outplayed BEZIERS VB with their strong serving game. Nadzeya Smirnova scored four times, while Volha Palcheuskaya piled up three service winners.

Viktar Hancharou, coach of Minchanka MINSK: “There was a big victory at stake for us tonight. Our club had never been among the eight best teams in the CEV Cup before. That is the reason why we were nervous in the beginning of the game. First we committed some errors in the blocking game and so we let our opponents take advantage. The team was tough today, I can say that it was one of the worst games we have played so far. Therefore, I want to apologize to the audience that the match was not as enjoyable as expected. But the result speaks for itself.” 

Aksana Kavalchuk, captain of Minchanka MINSK: “It was quite a nervous game. Due to the strong desire to win and as we saw that BEZIERS VB did not start with their best team, we struggled in the first set. But in the second set we leant in, coped with the excitement and showed the result we needed. Perhaps this match was not very great to watch, but we got the result. The first French opposite Krystal Rivers did not play and their setter began to distribute the ball to different players in comparison to the previous game, and that caused a bit of inconvenience. However, we played more powerful serves, and that s how we managed to impose our game."

Kralovo Pole BRNO (CZE) vs. Uralochka-NTMK EKATERINBURG (RUS) 1-3 (10-25, 28-26, 20-25, 16-25)

  • Before the match, living Volleyball legend Nikolay Karpol received a honorary membership of Kralovo Pole BRNO.After starting very aggressively, the visitors stormed to a landslide 25-10 win in the first set.
  • In the second set, BRNO made some substitutions and started into the set with more precision in their serving game. The home squad prevailed in the end of the set due with two strong blocks.
  • The two teams were at eye level in he third set. Uralochka-NTMK EKATERINBURG, however, took advantage of their experience to end the set 25-20.
  • EKATERINBURG dominated the fourth set from the very beginning thanks to a strong blocking game. The Russians gathered 20 blocks over the entire game.
  • Uralochka-NTMK EKATERINBURG outside spiker Kseniia Parubets top scored with 21 points.

Kralovo Pole BRNO captain Ivana Zburová: “I am glad that after our bad start in the first set we showed fighting spirit and self-confidence, which made the game more balanced. It is a pity that we could not prevail in the end of the third set – if we had won this part, maybe the outcome could have been different.”

Marek Rojko, coach of Kralovo Pole BRNO: “It is very good that we made this match worthy and partly really balanced. Our participation in the CEV Cup is a very good experience for our team and I hope we learn a lot from this tournament for our matches in the Czech national league.” 

Nikolay Karpol, head coach of Uralochka: “We are very happy with our progression to the quarterfinals. Kralovo Pole BRNO played today better than they did in the first match and that is why we enjoy our victory even more.”

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