Doha, Qatar, December 17, 2010 – Reigning champions Trentino BetClic claimed a second victory in a row in Pool B, this time in four sets (25-16, 25-15, 23-25, 25-22) against Argentina's Drean Bolivar in a game where only the third set was fought at an equal level.
Trentino's Brazilian setter Raphael distributed his sets to excellent effect with four players finishing in double digits, notably joint-top scorers Osmany Juantorena and Jan Stokr who managed 18 points apiece. The Italian side ruled at the net with a massive haul of 18 blocks against only three for the South Americans.
Trentino's splendid show against Dynamo Moscow on Thursday meant Drean Bolivar entered the game as even bigger underdogs but the South American champions did not show any fear as they quickly went up 5-3. However, their lead did not last too long with Trentino soon asserting their dominance, notably with a series of massive blocks and good jump serves from Matey Kaziyski and Stokr that flew across the court like rockets.
With an ace from Riad, the holders moved the score along to 23-15 and a splendid double block from Andrea Sala and setter Raphael duly brought up set point. Trentino and their fans did not have to wait long to celebrate claiming the set as Lucas Ocampo committed a technical fault while trying to control a mighty spike from Stokr.
Given their stunning physical and technical skills, it was not easy to single out one star among the constellation of talent at Trentino coach Radostin Stoytchev's disposal yet Cuban-born Juantorena's attacking play during the match really was Volleyball at its finest. Not surprisingly, the Italians led at both technical time-outs of the second set (8-4 and 16-13) and a classy individual block by Kaziyski on Bolivar's 15-point top scorer, Federico Pereyra, widened the gap to 19-13. Stokr was once again lethal with his jump serve as Trentino went two sets up.
The third set followed a slightly different plot with continuous ties up to 14-all before, with an ace from Pereyra, Bolivar took the lead for the first time. Stokr drew the Italian side level immediately and a double block by Sala and Raphael made it 16-15 at the second mandatory stop. Yet Bolivar got the chance to stretch the match to a fourth set with Arroyo scoring two winning serves to move his team 22-20 ahead and a first tempo then yielded two set balls. Juantorena diverted the first chance but Sebastian Sole tipped over the Italian block to grasp a first set from the hands of the Italians.
Trentino set the pace all the way through the fourth set although it was not an easy run for the Italians who bagged the decisive break only after the second technical break (18-14) thanks to some imposing blocks. Although they missed a couple of match points, their second victory here in Doha was secured at 25-22 after the Argentinians served into the net.