All pool winners known, three quarterfinal spots still vacant

Thursday 14th of February 2019
All pool winners known, three quarterfinal spots still vacant

Luxembourg, February 14, 2019.  After the last four games of the fifth leg in the pool stage of the 2019 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Men were played on Thursday, all five pool winners are now known. Trefl GDANSK won the all-Polish clash with PGE Skra BELCHATOW to make sure of a first-place finish in Pool D and a historic qualification among the best eight teams of Europe. They join the company of Russia’s Zenit KAZAN and Zenit SAINT PETERSBURG and Italy’s Cucine Lube CIVITANOVA and Sir Colussi Sicoma PERUGIA, all of who are also unreachable on top of their pool standings and already look forward to the quarterfinals. The last leg of the pool stage to be played on February 27 will determine the three best-ranked pool runners-up to fill in the remaining three quarterfinal vacancies.

Zenit and Halkbank score four-set away wins in Pool A of 2019 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Men

Thursday 14th of February 2019
Zenit and Halkbank score four-set away wins in Pool A of 2019 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Men

Luxembourg, February 14, 2019.  Russia’s Zenit KAZAN and Turkey’s Halkbank ANKARA claimed four-set away victories over Germany’s United Volleys FRANKFURT and Belgium’s Knack ROESELARE, respectively, on Thursday to reaffirm their advantage in  Pool A of the 2019 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Men. Zenit had already secured their spot in the quarterfinals, but made sure to extend their winning streak in the pool to five matches. Halkbank cemented themselves in the second position of the standings, but whether or not they advance to the quarters as one of the three best runners-up is out of their hands, since they currently stand fourth among the contenders.

Trefl GDANSK write history, advance among best eight in Europe!

Thursday 14th of February 2019
Trefl GDANSK write history, advance among best eight in Europe!

Luxembourg, February 14, 2019. Trefl GDANSK secured the first place in the final standings in Pool D and a spot in the quarterfinals of the 2019 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Men after emerging victorious from the all-Polish clash with PGE Skra BELCHATOW with a narrow five-set win at home on Thursday. This is the first time in the club’s history the team from Gdansk advance among the best eight teams in Europe, improving on their top 12 result in the 2015-2016 season. On Wednesday, Germany’s BERLIN Recycling Volleys performed an escape act in Belgium as they were faced with a match point for Greenyard MAASEIK in the third set at 24-23, but did not give up, pulling off an incredible three-set comeback to beat Greenyard for the second time in the pool. While Trefl now stand unreachable at the top with one leg to go, each of the remaining three teams is on a 2-3 win-loss record with a distant shot at making the quarters as pool runners-up.

Zenit SAINT PETERSBURG claim quarterfinal spot in another five-set match, CHAUMONT stay in contention

Thursday 14th of February 2019
Zenit SAINT PETERSBURG claim quarterfinal spot in another five-set match, CHAUMONT stay in contention

Luxembourg, February 14, 2019.  The Russian side of Zenit SAINT PETERSBURG recorded their fifth straight win in the 2019 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Men on Wednesday when visiting CHAUMONT VB 52 HM in France. And just like the first time these two teams met in November, it had to come to a tiebreak to determine the winner. By the slightest of margins, Zenit won and now they can look forward to the quarterfinals. Another five-set game in Pool C took place on Thursday with Germany’s VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN edging ACH Volley LJUBLJANA in the Slovenian capital to cement themselves in the third place in the final standings, leaving CHAUMONT alone in contention for the quarters as the runner-up in the pool.

Polish derby among highlights of another exciting 2019 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Men night

Thursday 14th of February 2019
Polish derby among highlights of another exciting 2019 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Men night

Luxembourg, February 14, 2019. The fifth leg of the 2019 CEV Volleyball Champions League – Men concludes on Thursday with four exciting fixtures. Titleholders Zenit KAZAN vie for a fifth straight win in Pool A against rookies United Volleys FRANKFURT while in the same pool Knack ROESELARE host Halkbank ANKARA in a key match to decide about the final standing of the group. The Polish derby between Trefl GDANSK and PGE Skra BELCHATOW is another much-anticipated fixture as these two teams are currently fighting for the top spot in Pool D and for a ticket to the quarterfinals. Follow all of the action on EuroVolleyTV as well as on social media looking out for the official hashtag #CLVolleyM!