Doha, Qatar, December 19, 2010 – Defending champions Trentino BetClic completed the preliminary round of the 2010 FIVB Men's Club World Championship with a perfect record after beating American side Paul Mitchell in straight sets (25-22, 25-19, 25-20) late this afternoon at the Al-Garafa Sports Hall.
The Italians duly advance to Monday's semis as the first-ranked team from Pool B and will now play the Asian champions, Paykan. Bulgarian opposite Tsvetan Sokolov – replacing Jan Stokr who enjoyed a rest day – topped the scoring chart with 18 points while Casey Patterson was the most prolific scorer for the Americans with 13.
Taking into consideration the tournament's tight schedule and that his team had already pocketed a ticket for the semis, Trentino's Bulgarian coach, Radostin Stoytchev, started the game by sending out all of his back-up players with captain Matey Kaziyski and libero Andrea Bari providing the only exceptions. That opened the door for a first set that was played point for point until Trentino decided to change gear in the final rush; Dore Della Lunga spiked to earn a couple of set balls and it was 1-0 after a setting error from the Americans.
The game fast turned into a pure formality for the Italian side. Stoytchev did not make any changes to the composition of his team on court although the Brazilian Riad appeared from time to time to help out. Trentino claimed the second set 25-19 without suffering too much difficulty and they then opened the third set with a 9-5 break.
With Kaziyski playing with admirable consistency at the net, there was not much that Paul Mitchell could do to stop the march of the titleholders. Setter Raphael showed up at the very end of the game to widen the gap even further (21-15) and the 3-0 victory the Italian fans were longing for was soon completed, leaving Paul Mitchell heading for home after a third consecutive defeat.