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Semifinals taking shape as Sada Cruzeiro lead the way at FIVB Men’s Club World Champs

 
Betim, Brazil, October 19, 2016 - As the only team with two wins on their back, defending champions Sada Cruzeiro nearly snatched a semifinal berth at FIVB Men’s Club World Championship after Wednesday action. Argentina’s Bolívar and Italy’s Trentino achieved wins on their opening games.


Brazilian kings Sada Cruzeiro were outstanding to defeat Tala’ea El-Geish in three sets in the final game of Day 2, earning a result that leaves them only waiting for mathematical confirmation of their semifinals place. There’s probably no better way for them to prepare for the next game - a rematch of 2015 final game against Russia’s Zenit Kazan.

Before that, Bolívar gave a big shock to UPCN in an Argentinean classical game, the first of the tournament that went further than three sets. With a solid display on serving and blocking, the team that lost the title at their local league precisely on the hands of UPCN, this time was able to smile after four periods of battle. It was such a close contest that the three sets won by Bolívar are so far the ones with highest scores of the competition.

Also on Pool B, Trentino delivered a straight-set defeat to host Minas Tenis Clube, which did it better than the previous match but still wasn’t enough for a win. European vice-champions showed enough ability to stop Minas’ pressure at key moments and climb atop of the pool as the only team there yet to drop a set.


Without a doubt, the main dish on Day 3 will be the astonishing clash between Sada Cruzeiro and Zenit Kazan, a vital game for the race to finish first at Pool A. Before this amazing duel scheduled at 8 PM (local), World Champs debutants Taichung Bank and Tala’ea El-Geish are meant to open Thursday program at 3 PM (local), followed by Trentino against Bolívar at 5.30 PM (local).


FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship Betim 2016
Overall Statistics

Highest Scorer by Day
16 - Yoandy Leal Hidalgo of Sada Cruzeiro v Taichung Bank on 18 October
24 - Nikolay Uchikov of UPCN v Bolívar on 19 October

Top Scoring Performances
24 - Nikolay Uchikov of UPCN v Bolívar on 19 October
18 - Gustavo Guazzelli Bonatto of UPCN v Bolívar on 19 October
17 - Todor Aleksiev of Bolívar v UPCN on 19 October
16 - Yoandy Leal Hidalgo of Sada Cruzeiro v Taichung Bank on 18 October
16 - Silmar Almeida of Bolívar v UPCN on 19 October

Top Individual Blocking Performances
5 - Pablo Crer of Bolívar v UPCN on 19 October
4 - Martin Ramos of UPCN v Bolívar on 19 October
3 - Robertlandy Simón Aties of Sada Cruzeiro v Tala’ea El-Geish on 19 October
3 - Gustavo Guazzelli Bonatto of UPCN v Minas Tenis Clube on 18 October
3 - Maxim Mikhaylov of Zenit Kazan v Tala’ea El-Geish on 18 Octobe

Top Individual Serving Performances
3 - Evandro Guerra of Sada Cruzeiro v Tala’ea El-Geish on 19 October
3 - Jan Stokr of Trentino v Minas Tenis Clube on 19 October
3 - William Arjona of Sada Cruzeiro v Taichung Bank on 18 October
3 - Yoandy Leal Hidalgo of Sada Cruzeiro v Taichung Bank on 18 October

Top Team Blocking Performances
10 - Zenit Kazan v Tala’ea El-Geish on 18 October
10 - Bolívar v UPCN on 19 October
9 - UPCN v Bolívar on 19 October
8 - UPCN v Minas Tenis Clube on 18 October

Top Team Serving Performances
11 - Sada Cruzeiro v Taichung Bank on 18 October
8 - Sada Cruzeiro v Tala’ea El-Geish on 19 October
6 - Zenit Kazan v Tala’ea El-Geish on 18 October
6 - Trentino v Minas Tenis Clube on 19 October
5 - Tala’ea El-Geish v Zenit Kazan on 18 October

Highest Scoring Sets
33-31 - Bolívar v UPCN on 19 October
30-28 - Bolívar v UPCN on 19 October
27-25 - Bolívar v UPCN on 19 October
25-23 - Trentino v Minas Tenis Clube on 19 October

Highest Scoring Matches
221 - Bolívar v UPCN on 19 October
133 - UPCN v Minas Tenis Clube on 18 October

FIVB Volleyball Men's Club World Championship Betim 2016 - Teams 

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