Argentina UPCN end TRENTINO winning streak at Club World Champs
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Betim, Brazil, October 17, 2013. The third day of action at the 2013 FIVB Men’s Club World Championship was converted into a festival of Volleyball as all the scheduled contests went to the five-set limit much to the joy of the crowd of around 5,000 at Divino Braga Gymnasium.
The Volleyball marathon kicked off with the sensational victory of UPCN of Argentina over Italy’s four-time club world champions Diatec TRENTINO (22-25, 25-23, 25-22, 16-25, and 15-13) to snap the streak of 21 consecutive victories in the competition for the Italian club and defending champions.
The nail-biting tie-breaker concluded after a long exchange when Brazilian Jose Santos Junior blocked the attack by Tsvetan Sokolov, who scored a tournament-high 33 points in the losing effort. Santos led UPCN with 20 points, followed by Theo Lopes and Martin Ramos who contributed 14 and 13 points, respectively, as the Argentinean team sealed their spot in the semi-finals.
“To win against TRENTINO with all their world class players like (Emanuele) Birarelli and (Tsvetan) Sokolov is like a dream coming true,” UPCN’s captain Demian González said.
“It was a close match against a very strong team. They played very well with a lot of variety. They handled the final situations and now we have to prepare for tomorrow’s match” said TRENTINO head coach Roberto Serniotti.
The fireworks continued in match two when Tunisia’s Sportif Sfaxien scored a formidable comeback win over Deportivo La Romana of the Dominican Republic as they were able to erase a 0-2 deficit. The final score was 22-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-14, and 15-11. Mohamed Ben Abdallah and Ismail Moalla registered 23 and 20 points, respectively, for the winners. Henry Tapia finished with 23 tallies for the losers.
“The match against the Brazilians yesterday really prepared us for today’s game,” Sportif Sfaxien coach Mohamed Ben Mustapha said. “We had enough power to win and the Dominicans looked a little bit tired.”
The intensity of the last match was perfect to cap the day as Lokomotiv NOVOSIBIRSK of Russia outscored Brazil’s Sada Cruzeiro in one spectacular see-saw battle 22-25, 25-21, 22-25, 25-19, and 16-14. Pavel Moroz led Lokomotiv with 26 points, including five aces, while Cuban Yoandy Leal finished with 20 for Sada Cruzeiro.
“The Brazilian fans are like a seventh player for their team,” Lokomotiv’s captain Alexander Butko commented about the noisy crowd. “It is good to win these types of matches to know that we are a really good team.”
In Friday’s action, UPCN play Iran’s Kalleh, TRENTINO meet Japan’s Panasonic Panthers and Lokomotiv go against Sportif Sfaxien to complete the prelims and determine the composition of the semi-finals.
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