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FIVB Men’s Volleyball Club World Championship
Doha, Qatar
15 - 21 December 2010

 Press Release
Trentino and Belchatow advance with game to spare

Jan Stokr and Osmany Juantorena were Trentino's top scorers in the 3-1 win over Drean Bolivar on Friday

Doha, Qatar, December 17, 2010 – Defending champions Trentino BetClic and PGE Skra Belchatow both confirmed their places in the semifinals of the 2010 FIVB Men's Club World Championship with victories on Friday. After Trentino had claimed their second victory in Pool B against Argentina's Drean Bolivar (25-16, 25-15, 23-25, 25-22), Pool A leaders Belchatow followed them into the last four by defeating the host side, Al Arabi Doha (25-22, 25-22, 25-15).

After their long and physically demanding five-set match against the Iranians of Paykan 24 hours earlier, Belchatow were happy to avoid a repeat, although the host team showed impressive resistance in the first two sets, spurred on by an outstanding contribution from Christian Pampel, who contributed 19 points. 

Al Arabi's defeat leaves them level on three points with their final opponents in the pool, second-placed Paykan. The Asian champions inflicted a second successive defeat on Al Ahly of Egypt, winning in three straight sets (25-20, 25-19, 25-19) to back up the positive impression they had made in their narrow opening loss against Belchatow. The game's top scorer was Paykan's Seyed Mohamed Mousavi with 13 points, though another, arguably greater, difference between the sides was the unforced errors that hindered Al Ahly's efforts (24 to 17).

In Pool B, Trentino dropped the third set against Drean Bolivar but were otherwise convincing winners as they underlined their intention to go for back-to-back crowns. 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 Argentinians.

In the section's other game on Friday, Russia's Dynamo Moscow were in a class of their own as they shut out Paul Mitchell of the United States in straight sets (25-16, 25-14, 25-23). Dynamo's win-loss record consequently improves to 1-1 and their next game on Sunday against Drean Bolivar will determine who will make it to the last four alongside Trentino. The best players on court were Hungarian spiker Peter Veres with 14 points and Pavel Kruglov with 10, while Dynamo totally outclassed Paul Mitchell from the serving zone with nine aces to three as well as outblocking the Americans 10-2.

In the women's competition, Italy's Foppapedretti Bergamo qualified for the semifinals as the best-ranked team in Pool B after cruising past African champions Kenya Prisons 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-16). It was not a very demanding task for the winners of the 2009 and 2010 CEV Champions League who even took the opportunity rest to some of their regular starters and give younger squad members some valuable experience of the international stage.

Women’s Highest Scorer By Day
Day 1 (Pool A): 20 points by Natalia (Sollys Osasco) in Sollys Osasco’s 3-0 win over Federbrau
Day 2 (Pool A): 18 points by Natalia (Sollys Osasco) in Sollys Osasco’s 3-0 defeat to Fenerbahce
Day 3 (Pool B): 13 points by Serena Ortolani (Foppapedretti Bergamo) in Bergamo’s 3:0 win over Kenya Prisons 

Men’s Highest Scorer By Day
Day 1 (Pool A): 27 points by Christian Pampel (Al-Arabi Doha) in Al-Arabi Doha’s 3-1 win over Al-Ahly
Day 2 (Pool A): 19 points by Mariusz Wlazly (PGE Skra Belchatow) in PGE Skra Belchatow’s 3-2 win over Paykan
Day 3 (Pool A): 19 points by Christian Pampel (Al-Arabi Doha) in Al-Arabi Doha’s 0:3 defeat to PGE Skra Belchatow

Women’s Highest Set Score
30-28 (Sollys Osasco v Federbrau in Pool A) played on December 15 (Day 1)

Men’s Highest Set Score
27-25 (Al-Arabi Doha v Al-Ahly in Pool A), (Drean Bolivar v Paul Mitchell in Pool B) played on December 15 (Day 1), and (Trentino BetClic vs. Dynamo Moscow in Pool B) played on December 16 (Day 2) 

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