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Zenit Kazan, Trentino and Bolívar join Cruzeiro in Men’s Club World Champs elite four

 
Betim, Brazil, October 21, 2016 - Semifinals lineup finally became true at FIVB Men’s Club World Championship in Betim. While Sada Cruzeiro were waiting there the last two days, Friday action rocketed fellow South Americans Bolívar and Europeans Zenit Kazan and Trentino straight into the last competition day. Argentina’s UPCN and Taichung Bank from Chinese Taipei were the ones who fell short in their final attempts of advancing.


Of those three, Trentino became the first team to qualify and they did it even before playing, because the first set won by Minas over Bolívar mathematically assured them a berth. Bolívar, without being able to surpass Trentino, still bounced back at the game and eventually won in four sets to await the result of archrivals UPCN, which could rule them out of the semifinals. The team from Argentina also gathered a tournament-high total of 14 blocking points.

Back into the semifinals drama, Trentino hurried to win the two sets they needed to confirm their stay on Pool B first slot. With Belgian Simon Van De Voorde at the helm and both Lanza and Stokr as good supporters, the Italian team placed 2-0 ahead and triggered Bolívar’s qualification. Afterwards, reserving some players for the upcoming two days, Trentino kept the pace until becoming triumphant in straight sets.

Much simpler was the outcome on Pool A, as Zenit Kazan defeated Taichung Bank and directly advanced to semifinals. European champions just had a minor shock at the beginning of the game, when Taichung held a well-earned lead, but it only lasted until the 10th point. Increasing the power of serves and spikes, Kazan steadily erased their rival until the final piece of the 3-0 win.


The fantastic semifinal agenda for this Saturday will begin with a rematch of the last European Champions League final as Zenit Kazan and Trentino will clash at 3 PM (local time). On the second shift, defending champions Sada Cruzeiro will return to Ginásio Divino Braga at 6 PM (local) to meet Argentina’s Bolívar, which again made it into semifinals at the second time at Club World Champs.


FIVB Men’s Club World Championship Betim 2016
Overall Statistics

Highest Scorer by Day
16 - Yoandy Leal Hidalgo of Sada Cruzeiro v Taichung Bank on October 18
24 - Nikolay Uchikov of UPCN v Bolívar on October 19
19 - Jan Stokr of Trentino v Bolívar on October 20
17 - Thiago Vanole of Minas Tenis Clube v Bolívar on October 21

Top Scoring Performances
24 - Nikolay Uchikov of UPCN v Bolívar on October 19
19 - Jan Stokr of Trentino v Bolívar on October 20
18 - Yoandy Leal Hidalgo of Sada Cruzeiro v Zenit Kazan on October 20
18 - Gustavo Guazzelli Bonatto of UPCN v Bolívar on October 19
17 - Thiago Vanole of Minas Tenis Clube v Bolívar on October 21

Top Individual Blocking Performances
5 - Pablo Crer of Bolívar v Minas Tenis Clube on October 21
5 - Pablo Crer of Bolívar v UPCN on October 19
4 - Sebastián Solé of Trentino v Bolívar on October 20
4 - Martín Ramos of UPCN v Bolívar on October 19
3 - Robertlandy Simón Aties of Sada Cruzeiro v Tala’ea El-Geish on October 19

Top Individual Serving Performances
3 - Maxim Mikhaylov of Zenit Kazan v Taichung Bank on October 21
3 - Evandro Guerra of Sada Cruzeiro v Tala’ea El-Geish on October 19
3 - Jan Stokr of Trentino v Minas Tenis Clube on October 19
3 - William Arjona of Sada Cruzeiro v Taichung Bank on October 18
3 - Yoandy Leal Hidalgo of Sada Cruzeiro v Taichung Bank on October 18

Top Team Blocking Performances
14 - Bolívar v Minas Tenis Clube on October 21 
10 - Zenit Kazan v Tala’ea El-Geish on October 18
10 - Bolívar v UPCN on October 19
10 - Trentino v Bolívar on October 20
10 - Zenit Kazan v Sada Cruzeiro on October 20

Top Team Serving Performances
11 - Sada Cruzeiro v Taichung Bank on October 18
8 - Sada Cruzeiro v Tala’ea El-Geish on October 19
8 - Bolívar v Minas Tenis Clube on October 21
8 - Zenit Kazan v Taichung Bank on October 21
6 - Sada Cruzeiro v Zenit Kazan on October 20

Highest Scoring Sets
33-31 - Bolívar v UPCN on October 19
30-28 - Bolívar v UPCN on October 19
27-25 - Bolívar v UPCN on October 19
26-24 - Sada Cruzeiro v Zenit Kazan on October 20
26-24 - Trentino v UPCN on October 21

Highest Scoring Matches
221 - Bolívar v UPCN on October 19
185 - Sada Cruzeiro v Zenit Kazan on October 20
180 - Taichung Bank v Tala’ea El-Geish on October 20
178 - Bolívar v Minas Tenis Clube on October 21
177 - Trentino v Bolívar on October 20

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

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