Doha, Qatar, December 16, 2010 – Defending champions Trentino BetClic enjoyed a perfect start to their quest to retain their FIVB Men's Club World Championship title on Thursday when they were in a class of their own in beating Russia's Dynamo Moscow in straight sets (25-21, 25-23, 27-25).
This repeat of the final game of the last edition of the CEV Champions League had been expected to produce a Volleyball show but it turned out instead to be a one-sided affair in the Italian side's favour. Czech opposite Jan Stokr topped the scoring for Trentino with 16 points while Peter Veres stood out for Dynamo with 12.
For Trentino, returning to Qatar 12 months after their triumph at the Aspire Dome, this was a clear sign of their intention to keep hold of their crown and the backing they received from their loud supporters inside the Al-Garafa Hall suggests they will not be alone in their quest.
The game was a tight affair to start with before Stokr and Matey Kaziyski helped Trentino pull ahead at 16-13. However, Dynamo clawed back the scores to 17-16 and then the giant Alexey Kazakov (217 cm) sent a missile through the middle to bring the scores even at 18-all.
Kaziyski restored the holders' lead at 21-20 before Stokr attacked from the back row to force Dynamo coach and former Soviet Union star Yury Cherednik to call a timeout. Czech giant Stokr made the difference with his jump serve, earning four set balls as he took the score to 24-20. Another Russian break was in vain as Cuban Osmany Juantorena produced a magnificent pipe for 25-21.
Dynamo started the second set well with three points in a row but Trentino reacted with six points to completely reverse the trend and when Stokr called for the First Technical Timeout (FTT), it was 8-6 for the defending champions. The exhibition of power was overwhelming and was evident every time Trentino hit the ball; Juantorena, Kaziyski and Riad all produced sublime efforts, leading Cherednik to call back his team at 11-8 to try to put a halt to the onslaught.
By the Second Technical Timeout (STT) Trentino were still ahead at 16-14 but mistakes now started to leak into both teams' play. Two errors from Stokr and Juantorena helped Dynamo draw level but Riad killed an attack from the middle to clip a set ball that was immediately clinched by Trentino.
Trentino claimed a 5-2 lead in the third set before Dynamo coach Cherednik briefly changed things, replacing setter Sergey Grankin for Pavel Zaytsev. The Muscovites stormed back to level at 9-9 and the teams then competed point for point until Stokr went to the serving zone and stamped an ace to take it to 23-21. When luck saw Kazakov's floating serve touch the net and wrong-foot the Italian team, Dynamo drew back level at 23-all and they then earned a set point by claiming the next rally but failed to make it count. Two more errors took Trentino to match point instead at 26-25 and a block from setter Raphael closed the game with Radostin Stoytchev's side having set the benchmark for the other teams to reach in the men's tournament.