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Trentino ease past struggling Zamalek 3-1

Osmany Juantorena (left) was one of stars for Trentino as Ashraf Abouelhassan and Ahmed Elshikh (Zamalek) try to block

Doha, Qatar, November 3, 2009 - Trentino Betclic duo Osmany Juantorena and Leandro Vissotto led their team with front and backline attacks to clinch the first victory of the 2009 FIVB Men’s Club World Championship at the Aspire Zone indoor hall in Doha, Qatar on Tuesday beating Zamalek of Egypt 3-1 (25-18, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20) in the Pool A match.

Vissotto was his team’s best scorer with 25 points while Juantorena came to the service line while his team was down 18-11 in the fourth and final set before scoring 11 successive points to put his team on the road to victory. Mohamed Badawy of Zamalek was the best scorer of the match with an impressive 27 points.

With the Golden Formula being used for the first time in an official FIVB match, both teams succeeded in scoring from the backline using wing spikers. Trentino scored from the spikes of Matey Kaziyski and Osmany Juantorina while Zamalek scored through the opposite Mohamed Gabal and the attackers Saleh Youssef and Mohamed Badawy.

Trentino arranged their block well to lead 8-5 at the first Technical Timeout (FTT)before using their spike serve well to disturb Zamalek’s reception and extend their lead to 12-8, forcing Zamalek to call a timeout. Zamalek improved their backline defence to decrease the point deficit to two at 16-14 at the second Technical Timeout (STT), however Trentino made the most of the Zamalek mistakes in reception and digging and through the spikes of Juantorena and Vissotto they clinched the first set 25-18.

The second set started in a more competitive way as Zamalek improved their defence and block, taking an 8-7 lead in to the FTT. Trentino fought back though from 10-8 down, using the great setting of Raphael Vieira to lead 16-13 at the STT before going on to win the set 25-21.

Trentino coach Radostin Stoytchev made a key substitution for the third set replacing star attacker Kaziyski with Tsvetan Sokolov, while Zamalek coach Ahmed El Sayed made a similar substitution replacing the formless Saleh Youssef by Ahmed Afifi.

The Italian team continued where it left off in the seocnd set leading 4-0 before the Zamalek block of Ahmed El Shikh and Mohamed Seifelnasr worked well with the opposite Gabal to turn the set around to lead 8-7 at the FTT before extending the lead to 10-7. Trentino tried to improve their block but again Zamalek used their big guns Gabal and Badawy to lead 16-13 at the STT, before leading 23-20. Juantorena served well three times to tie the set at 23-23 before Zamalek took advantage of two Trentino mistakes to win the set 25-23.

The highly motivated Zamalek players upped their game and put in their best performance at the beginning of the third set in serving and spiking to lead 6-1 with a marvellous performance from setter Ashraf Aboulhassan and wing spiker Badawy. Zamalek had their biggest lead in the match at 8-3 at the FTT causing Trentino to once again field Kaziyski in the main line up. Stoytchev replaced center Corsini by Andrea Sala, but Zamalek continued their dominance through their block and backline defense to lead 16-9.

After Zamalek’s biggest lead in the match at 18-11, Trentino scored 11 successive points through the razor sharp spiking service of Juantorena, which included several aces, giving Trentino the lead at 22-18. At this point Zamalek’s reception and digging wavered, allowing Trentino to win the set 25-20 and the match 3-1.


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