Betim, Brazil, October 21, 2016 - A solid display from Italy’s Trentino over UPCN from Argentina solved the final questions about the four teams to battle for the crown of FIVB Men’s Club World Championship. The biggest winners of the competition prevailed 3-0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-23) and will be joined by Bolívar as the two qualified Pool B teams.
UPCN’s Nikolay Uchikov was the most prolific scorer of the game with 13 points, while Trentino shared the damage between Jan Stokr and Tine Urnaut, both with 10 points. Simon Van De Voorde also did well for the Italian side, with 9 points including the final ace of the first set.
Precisely, that service point from the Belgian middle-blocker was a key moment of the game, as UPCN were in need of a 3-0 or 3-1 victory to move forward. And they battled a lot during that first set, with Uchikov and Nicolás Lazo focused on counterattack, but some details are decisive and that happened at the final track.
The disadvantage created pressure on UPCN, as their defensive abilities got reduced and, on the other hand, Trentino kept smashing with Stokr in the front line. The 2-0 board allowed coach Angelo Lorenzetti to use some reserve players, but the actions didn’t change a bit.
FIVB Volleyball Men's Club World Championship Betim 2016 - Teams