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

 Press Release
Trentino, Belchatow set up rematch as Bergamo crash out

With another classy performance in the semifinal against Paykan, defending champions Trentino BetClic moved closer to a second consecutive crown

Doha, Qatar, December 20, 2010 – Trentino BetClic of Italy and Poland's PGE Skra Belchatow will take their rivalry into a second consecutive FIVB Men's Club World Championship final after winning their semifinals on Monday. While the climax to the Doha event is once again an all-European affair, the battle for bronze will be between the respective champions of South America and Asia, beaten semifinalists Drean Bolivar and Paykan.

In the women's competition the pre-tournament favourites, Fenerbahce, will play Brazil's Sollys Osasco in the final after the South Americans overcame CEV Champions League winners Foppapedretti Bergamo on what proved an off-day for the Italian side. A packed house is expected by the Qatari organisers for Tuesday's finals as these championship come to a close after seven days of high-class Volleyball action.

Reigning champions Trentino advanced to the final by defeating Iran's Paykan in straight sets (25-23, 25-19, 25-17) to book a repeat of last year's deciding game against Belchatow. Although the match ended in three sets the Italians did not have it entirely easy against the Asian champions and had to fight back from six points down in the second set. Coach Radostin Stoytchev's men were in control thereafter as they moved a step closer to securing back-to-back titles. Osmany Juantorena and Matey Kaziyski were the top scorers in the match with 13 and 12 points respectively, and their contribution in attack made the difference for Trentino, who killed a total of 38 spikes to 28 by the Iranians.

Belchatow, last year's runners-up, met tough resistance from Drean Bolivar in the opening set of the day's first semifinal before taking the next two with a splendid display of power and team work (27-25, 25-18, 25-15). The Poles outclassed their opponents in every single fundamental, with a total of 10 blocks to three, while captain Mariusz Wlazly topped the scoring chart with 20 points, supported by Bartosz Kurek with 15.

The victorious Polish coach, Jacek Nawrocki, said: "I was really afraid of this game for two reasons. First of all, yesterday the Argentinians had played a fantastic game against Dynamo (Moscow) and secondly I really have a lot of respect for Javier Weber and his way of coaching. Drean Bolivar play really the way we would always like to watch Volleyball, as they have a great defence, quick play and many different combinations in attack. The third set was the key as we definitely demolished their resistance in defence."
Turkey's Fenerbahce qualified for the final of the 2010 FIVB Women's Club World Championship by cruising past the NORCECA representatives, Mirador, in straight sets (25-21, 25-18, 25-18). Liubov Sokolova played a decisive role for Fenerbahce, bagging 14 points in the game even though it was Katarzyna Skowronska who topped the scorers' chart with 18. With their victory, the Turkish side maintained their perfect record in Doha, with no sets dropped, and will now vie with Sollys Osasco for the trophy.

Sollys Osasco had a surprisingly easy victory against Foppapedretti Bergamo in the other semifinal as the Italian side, despite the return of captain Francesca Piccinini, performed well below their usual standards. The Brazilians came through in straight sets (25-22, 25-20, 25-21), outclassing Bergamo in blocking (13-6) as the contest failed to live up to expectations. Adenizia Silva and Natalia Pereira were the top scorers for Sollys with 14 points apiece, while Serena Ortolani scored 13 for the Europeans. Piccinini, Bergamo's captain, said after the game: "I am really sad because this afternoon we never got into the game, we were not able to find our rhythm or to set the pace of the game. We came here to make it to the final and it is very sad to lose this way."

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 Fenerbahce's 3-0 win over Sollys Osasco
Day 3 (Pool B): 13 points by Serena Ortolani (Foppapedretti Bergamo) in Bergamo's 3-0 win over Kenya Prisons 
Day 4 (Pool A): 24 points by Katarzyna Skowronska-Dolata (Fenerbahce) in Fenerbahce's 3-0 win over Federbrau
Day 5 (Semifinals): 18 points by Katarzyna Skowronska-Dolata (Fenerbahce) in Fenerbahce's 3-0 win over Mirador

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 PGE Skra Belchatow's 3-0 win over Al-Arabi Doha
Day 4 (Pool A): 24 points by Seyed Mehdi Bazargarde (Paykan) in Paykan's 3-1 win over Al-Arabi Doha
Day 5 (Semifinals): 20 points by Mariusz Wlazly (PGE Skra Belchatow) in Belchatow's 3-0 win over Drean Bolivar

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), (Trentino BetClic v Dynamo Moscow in Pool B) played on December 16 (Day 2), (Paykan v Al Arabi Doha in Pool A) played on December 19 (Day 4) and (PGE Skra Belchatow v Drean Bolivar, semifinal) played on December 20 (Day 5)  

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