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UPCN outduel Trentino in five-set thriller

Brazilian Jose -Junior- Santos is surrounded by teammates of UPCN after the last point against Trentino
Betim, Brazil, October 17, 2013 – UPCN of Argentina won a thrilling five setter over defending champions Italy’s Trentino Diatec (22-25, 25-23, 25-22, 16-25, 15-13) for their second victory in Pool A of the FIVB Men’s Club World Championship on Thursday.

The Argentinean team leads the group with a 2-0 (five points) mark while the Italians dropped to 1-1 (4 points).

The nail-biting tie-breaker concluded after a long exciting exchange when Jose Santos blocked Tsvetan Sokolov, who had a tournament-high 33 points in the losing effort.

The Brazilian Santos led UPCN with 20 points, followed by Theo Lopes and Martin Ramos with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Sokolov’s huge performance included 5 blocks and 4 aces but fell just short. Alexandre Ferreira and Filippo Lanza contributed 15 and 13 points.
Trentino held the advantage in blocks (13-8) and in aces (8-4) but made 38 unforced errors to 28 by UPCN. 

Filippo Lanza’s block and serve combined with several opponent errors to give Trentino an 8-6 advantage. UPCN tied at 9-all with the spike by Junior Santos and ace by Theo Lopes. Trentino got a three-point lead at the second TTO with Emanuele Birarelli mixing spike and block around one ace by Tsvetan Sokolov. At 20-15, UPCN called for time out and came back with a reaction led by the spike from Santos and ace from Lopes to close at 20-18. That’s all they could do as Trentino returned on track carried by Lanza and Sokolov for the 25-22 score.

Martin Ramos helped UPCN into an 8-5 advantage in the second set with two good attacks. Sokolov scored with two terrific parallel shots from the right side to tie at 14-all. Trentino went into the lead 16-15 and Alexandre Ferreira fired one ace for a two-point margin but then served long and Santos equalized at 17 with a cannon-shot. At 23-all, Ferreira’s crashed is serve and Lanza’s attack flied long. UPCN took the set 25-23.

Sokolov scored with three spikes in the early going of the third set including one to break the tie at 7-all. UPCN recharged batteries and came back to lead 16-14 behind the actions of Lopes and Ramos. Sokolov planted a monster shot to close within one point at 19-18 but then his team made a defensive error and Lopes served one ace off the net. UPCN took the set 25-22 and the 2-1 advantage in sets.

Sokolov hammered two spikes and one ace for Trentino’s lead at 8-5. Ferreira’s couple of hits helped to maintain the three point difference. The Italian club expanded the margin to 14-9 with one ace from Matteo Burgsthaler. Javier Filardi and Santos combined spike and ace to reduce the difference at 14-11, but Lanza and Sokolov attacked with spike and ace for the 16-11 score. The Italians continued to dominate and forced the tie-breaker taking the fourth set 25-16.

Sokolov scored the first three points of the tie-breaker with two spikes and his block against Olteanu. UPCN cut the distance to 4-3 inspired by the spike of Santos but then Lanza attacked and Sokolov blocked Filardi for the 6-3 score. Santos was on again and reduced the distance to 6-5 only to see Lanza attacking again. Sokolov serve one ace for the 8-5 score. Then he missed his serve and was blocked by Ramos. One setting error by Donald Sukho tied the score at 8-all. At 9-9 Sokolov missed with a soft attempt and then attacked out of bounds but Birarelli stepped in and equalized at 11 with spike and ace. At 13-all, Ferreira’s serve sailed long and Santos blocked Sokolov for the 15-13.


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