Trentino bow out early from CEV Champions League
The CEV Champions League has traditionally been used as the European qualifier for the FIVB Club World Championships.
More than 3,000 supporters turned out on Wednesday evening at PalaTrento for the second half of the home-and-home series. Having already dropped the first contest 2-3 in Moscow, the club world champions captained by Matey Kaziyski took charge at first with a speedy and comfortable 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, and 25-12) victory – their nine blocks and six aces setting them apart from the opposition. The home heroes were continuously cheered by their fans as they appeared to get back on track.
But in the golden set that followed, Dinamo kept their energy up and managed a 15-12 win, pocketing their much-desired ticket to the next round.
Cuban-born wing spiker Osmany Juantorena was named MVP of the match after he registered 16 points and attacked with 76 per cent efficiency, but this could not compensate for the major disappointment of missing out on the next stage of the competition. On the other side of the net Pavel Kruglov top-scored with 18 points, and anchored his team in the golden set.
“We knew that the golden set was very risky, and finally our concerns turned into reality,” said Trentino’s Radostin Stoytchev. “The golden set is simply a matter of luck but I have to say that this good luck needs to be somehow generated; it does not come by waiting for the mistakes of your opponents. Dinamo Moscow deserved the victory as they were better than us and played more intelligently. We have to accept that and keep going for the remainder of the season.”