Doha, Qatar, November 4, 2009 – Italy’s Trentino BetClic came from one set behind to clinch an incredible 3-2 (24-26, 25-23, 24-26, 25-19, 15-11) victory over Zenit Kazan of Russia in the second day of Pool A action at the FIVB 2009 Men’s Club World Championship here at the Aspire Zone Indoor Hall in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday.
The victory gave Trentino one of the semi-final tickets in Pool A leaving Zenit Kazan and Zamalek of Egypt to compete for the second ticket when they meet on Thursday.
The Italian team, led by Brazilian star Leandro Vissotto and Bulgarian Matey Kaziyski, played a great match with both foreign stars top match scorers at 24 points each, while Alexey Cheremisin was the top scorer for the Russian side with 22 points.
It was an exciting start as both teams were in form and studying the strategy of the other. The score went point by point till Trentino took a narrow lead at the FTT, 8-7. Leandro Vissotto emerged in spiking from the backline, applying the Golden formula, and Trentino increased their lead to 16-13 at the STT. Kazan maintained their well-known blockers at all net positions and strong hits by Maxim Panteleymonenko from position four and Clayton Stanely from position two enabled the Russian team to win the set 26-24.
Trentino made a good start in the second set, as wing spiker Osmany Juantorena once again performed well, taking his team to an 8-7 lead at the FTT. The Italian centers, led by Andrea Sala, managed to stop the opponent’s attacks from all net positions thus helping their team to reach a greater point difference, 16-10, at the STT. Zenit Kazan fought back aggressively through Panteleymonenko and Stanely, and arranged their defence properly to gradually decrease the point deficit. The Italian team nevertheless won the set 25-23.
The third set was again marked by aggressive competition between the experienced players of both teams. Matey Kaziyski worked well from position four, till Zenit blocked him as setter Raphael Oliviera deviated to the other wing through Vissoto. The Russian team again used opposite Alexey Cheremisin to spike from position two. Trentino blockers quickly but temporarily stopped him, as Kazan again went ahead 16-13 at the STT. The Italians struggled to rebound, almost catching up at 21-22, but Kazan showed greater concentration in the critical points and won the set 26-24.
Juantorena again emerged in the third set and, together with Vissotto and Kaziyski, dominated net action to take his team to an 8-5 lead at the FTT. The Italian team maintained their pressure on the Russians with their service and tight block to hold their lead 16-13 at the STT. After this, Trentino completely overwhelmed the situation to win the set 25-19 and take the match to a tie-break .
The tie-break was a dramatic struggle with neither team managing to break away. However, the Italian team led the score most of the time. Their better reception, which allowed them to apply the Golden Formula more successfully, placed Trentino ahead 8-7 at the court turn. The perturbed Kazan players committed several mistakes that extended the Italian lead to 11-8. Trentino went on to win the set 15-11.