Kedzierzins-Kozle reaches double, Istanbul finds heights

Kedzierzyn-Kozle won the second consecutive Champions League, beating Trentino in Ljubljana on Sunday with 3 sets to 0, while VakifBank Istanbul returned to the top with 3 sets against 1 in Conegliano.

From Verona, the city hosting the final C1 final, to Ljubljana, Kedzierzyn-Kozle’s workforce has developed slightly, especially to neighboring Jastrzebski, Tokyo’s Olympic champion Benjamin Toniutti.

But in the end, in the face of the same adversary, the Poles were even more imperial. Last year, Alexander Slivka stood out, this time his compatriot Kamil Semenyuk, who was in the same position as the receiver-striker, shone, supplying the team members with the seventh match (25-22, 25-20, 32 -30).

With just 27 points, he finished the game as the top scorer and offered Kedzierzyn-Kozle a doubles, and Poland, the land of outstanding volleyball, won the third Champions League after the conquest of Sosnowiec in 1978.

“I’m proud to be part of this team. We didn’t know if we could repeat what we achieved last year. I couldn’t dream of a better way to end part of my career on the Kedzierzyn team,” Semenjuk commented. which will go to Italy and Perugia in the autumn.

– Guimaraes and Hawk answer Egon –

The new Italian volleyball nuggets Alesandro Mikelto and Daniele Lavia did not show the expected performance, far from their level during the coronation of the Nazionale in September 2021 at the European Championships against Slovenia.

After all, it was the Serb centers Marko Podrascanin and Srecko Lisinac and the Bulgarian veteran Matey Kaziyski, who kept Trentino afloat in vain and was overtaken by Polish authorities.

Trentino will have to wait a little longer before winning the fourth Champions League, winning for the last time in 2011. Since then, Transalpine has experienced three failures in the finals (2016, 2021 and 2022).

For women, VakifBank won its fifth European Championship title after 2011, 2013, 2017 and 2018. Giovanni Guideti’s players are thus ending five seasons of drought and revenge on Conjiano, which beat them in a draw in Verona last year.

Leading the conglomerate attack with 39 points from Poala Egon, one of the best players on the planet, the Istanbul team responded with Brazilian striker Gabriel Giimaraes (23 points), who scored a coronation point (25-22, 25-21, 23-25, 25- 21) and the sharp Swedish Isabella Hacak (19 points).

The situation was changed by the expulsion of three Russian clubs – Kazan, Moscow’s “Dynamo” and Kaliningrad – after the Russian army invaded Ukraine on February 24.

The winners of the Monza quarterfinals did not have to play the Conteliano semi-finals, where they had to meet the Moscow Dynamo and the Kazan quarter winner.

Georgie Collins

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