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The primary section of essentially the most prestigious skilled volleyball event on the planet begins Wednesday. Because the event to crown the highest membership in Europe developed from a strictly knock-out event to the CEV Champions League within the 2000-2001 season, the variety of groups collaborating has grown. The primary version solely featured 16 groups from 12 nations. Not each member nation of the CEV had its champion given the prospect to compete, solely these nations with the very best CEV rating.
The event grew to twenty-eight groups from 16 nations within the 2015-2016 season. Even then, areas within the event have been solely allotted to the nations with the very best CEV rating. Beginning within the 2016-2017 season, the CEV opened it as much as the champions of all of the member nations. Groups from nations with low rankings have needed to undergo preliminary rounds earlier than making the group stage.
The 31 groups from 24 nations initially collaborating on this yr’s competitors have been lowered to twenty with CV Guagas of Spain, CS Arcada Galați of Romania, and Olympiakos Pireaus of Greece qualifying to the group stage by means of two preliminary rounds. These golf equipment will be a part of the 17 golf equipment who robotically certified for the group stage as a result of CEV nation rankings to compose 5 swimming pools of 4 groups. Russian golf equipment will not be allowed to take part once more due to the continuing battle in Ukraine.
There are 10 American gamers on six groups left. Dave Smith is making an attempt to win his fourth consecutive championship with ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle of Poland. He gained the final two with Erik Shoji as his teammate, and he was final season’s MVP of the ultimate. ZAKSA can be in Pool A with Matt Anderson of Ziraat Bankasi of Türkiye. Each groups gained their respective nation’s Supercup competitions, however each have suffered two losses of their home leagues. They’re each coming off of two sweeps and are favored to be the highest two groups within the pool. ZAKSA performs Olympiakos on Wednesday, and Ziraat performs Knack Roeselare of Belgium on Thursday.
TJ DeFalco, in his fifth yr as knowledgeable, is making his Champions League debut Thursday. Final season he was instrumental in serving to Asseco Resovia Rzeszów get again to Europe’s high competitors for the primary time since 2016-2017. They open Pool B in opposition to defending French champion Excursions VB. Resovia is closely favored as Excursions is at present 2-5 within the Marmara Spike League (previously Ligue A). Itas Trentino and ACH Volley of Slovenia spherical out the pool.
Micah Ma’a and Halkbank Ankara reached the semifinals for the primary time final yr earlier than falling to Jastrzębski Węgiel (Jastrzębski Węgiel was given an automated bid as a result of internet hosting the ultimate 4 in 2015 earlier than the CEV modified the format and eradicated playoff berths for internet hosting privileges).
Whereas Thomas Jaeschke left the crew to play in Japan this yr, Halkbank picked up celebrity Earvin N’Gapeth. Ma’a, N’Gapeth, and Nimir Abdel-Aziz are beginning their Champions League marketing campaign in Pool C with a tall activity within the type of Fuel Gross sales Piacenza of Italy. Piacenza boasts a lineup of Lucarelli, Yoandy Leal, Antoine Brizzard, and Robertlany Simon. Cody Kessell and the Berlin Recycling Volleys will play Benfica Lisbon on Thursday. Berlin, at present unbeaten in all German competitions, has reached the quarterfinals all however as soon as within the final 5 seasons. It’s on the lookout for its first semifinal look since 2017.
SVG Lüneburg makes its first look within the CEV Champions League on Wednesday in its Pool D match in opposition to Jihostroj Českė Budějovice of the Czech Republic. Matt Knigge performed within the preliminary spherical in 2021 with CV Guagas, however that is his first yr enjoying within the group stage. CV Guagas can be in Pool D together with Jastrzębski Węgiel. Gage Worsley, Blake Leeson, and Matt Slivinsky of Lüneburg are enjoying within the Champions League for the primary time. Jastrzębski Węgiel, at present undefeated within the Polish PlusLiga, is the overwhelming favourite to win the pool. The second spot, and automated qualifier into the playoffs, may be very a lot up for grabs.
Aleksandar Nikolov, the Bulgarian outdoors hitter who starred at Lengthy Seaside State, and Lube Civitanova of Italy are the odds-on favorites to win Pool E. CS Arcada Galați will face Lube on November 22. The remainder of the pool consists of Greenyard Maaseik and VK Lvi Praha of the Czech Republic. These two groups additionally play Wednesday.
In what could be the most important information popping out of Poland this week, Taylor Averill signed with Projekt Warsaw. It had been printed that the center blocker from the USA nationwide crew was headed to China. Averil performed the final two seasons at Indykpol AZS Olsztyn. He can be becoming a member of a membership that’s at present unbeaten and in second place.
Smith was again within the beginning lineup for ZAKSA in opposition to GKS Katowice and hit .933 with out an assault error, ending with 14 kills and three aces. Shoji handed 56 p.c positively and 28 p.c completely whereas making a match-high 10 digs.
Defalco hit .484 for Resova and had 19 kills and had three blocks in a five-set win over Stal Nysa.
.Josh Tuaniga set Indykpol Azs Olsztyn to a victory over Precise Techniques Hemarpol Częstochowa as his crew hit .374.
DeFalco and Resovia beat Olsztyn with as he had 5 kills on 15 makes an attempt and 5 aces. Tuaniga set Olsztyn to a .292 assault effectivity and likewise put away a kill.
Shoji handed 43 p.c optimistic receptions and 21 p.c excellent in a sweep of Enea Czarni Radom. Smith was used as a serving sub within the first two units.
Setter Micah Christenson and Zenit Kazan finds itself in sixth place early within the season after splitting two matches final week. They misplaced to Belgorod in 4 after which beat Dynamo-Lo.
Gabi Garcia had 4 kills however hit detrimental as Pallavolo Padova misplaced in 4 to Valsa Group Modena. Osmany Juantorena had 18 kills, hit .720 and had three aces for Modena.
Kyle Russell had 11 kills and two aces however hit .097 in a 25-20, 25-20, 20-25, 25-14 defeat to Sir Susa Perugia. Jeff Jendryk contributed 4 kills and a block.
Padova earned its third win in six matches by beating Rana Verona within the Venetian derby. Garcia led with 4 aces to go together with 16 kills, hitting .414. Andrea Gardini completed with 9 kills. Francesco Sani was used as an alternative choice to Verona and had a kill.
Taranto gained the primary two units however couldn’t end, regardless of having match level within the fifth set in opposition to Cisterna Volley, 25-27, 20-25, 25-18, 25-13, 17-15. Jendryk had three kills and two blocks. Russell began at reverse, however was changed after getting two kills and three errors in 14 makes an attempt.
Aaron Russell and the JT Thunders Hiroshima cut up two matches at house with the Toray Arrows. Russell had 15 kills, three blocks and an ace in a the loss. Russell had 26 kills, three blocks and an ace in a four-set win.
Thomas Jaeschke and the Panasonic Panthers have been again in motion after being off the earlier week. Jaeschke had eight kills, two blocks and an ace in Panasonic’s first defeat of the season, 25-21. 25-21, 25-23 to WD Nagoya. Panasonic responded with a 25-21, 25-27, 25-21, 25-23 win the subsequent day and Jaeschke completed with 21 kills, 4 blocks, and three aces.
Halkbank Ankara moved into first place for the primary time this season, however wanted assist from Matt Anderson’s Ziraat Bankasi to take action. Ma’a set Halkbank to a .464 assault effectivity whereas getting an ace and a block in a victory over Kuşgöz Izmir Vinç Akkuş Bld.
Ziraat Bankasi dropped a 25-27, 25-18, 25-20, 18-25, 15-13 choice to Fenerbahce. Taking the match to a fifth set took some extent from Fenerbahce within the standings and allowed Halkbank to assert the highest spot within the rankings. Anderson tied a match-high 4 aces, however hit .000 with six kills.
Halkbank then swept Bidadiç Bld. as Halkbank didn’t play N’Gapeth or Nimir. Ma’a nonetheless set the crew to a .462 assault effectivity.
Ziraat Bankasi swept Spor Toto as Anderson hit a powerful .722 from the left facet. He additionally handed 60 p.c positively in a efficiency that included three aces and 14 kills.
Chaumont was given all it may deal with by Good, however prevailed 15-25, 19-25, 25-18, 25-19, 17-15 as Joe Worsley set Chaumont to a .386 hitting proportion. Dan McDonnell had 10 kills, hitting .500, and had two aces. Pat Gasman began on the different center place, however was changed within the second set after getting one kill on six makes an attempt with an error. Michael Marshman got here off the bench to complete the match at center blocker and hit .500 on his technique to eight kills and an ace.
Paris dropped a 25-23, 25-12, 25-19 choice to undefeated Tourcoing as Daniel Wetter had 4 kills, an ace and a match-high three blocks.
Narbonne fell to 0-6 in league play with a 25-18, 25-15, 25-23 loss to Toulouse. Regardless of the loss, Kyle Dagostino impressively handed 92 p.c positively and 58 p.c completely.
Quinn Isaacson was again within the beginning lineup for Saint Nazaire, who swept Excursions 26-24, 25-18, 25-22 as he set his crew to a .464 hitting proportion. He additionally contributed an ace and a kill. Jordan Ewert led with 14 kills, two aces, a block and a .500 assault effectivity. Kyle Ensing added 13 kills and a block whereas hitting .462.
Dagostino handed 60 p.c positively and 47 p.c completely for Nabonne in a defeat to Plessis-Robinson.
Ewert was once more the main scorer for Saint Nazaire in a victory over Montpellier, ending with 12 kills, two aces and a block. Ensing scored on seven kills, one ace and a .600 hitting proportion in simply lower than two units of play. Isaacson began at setter, however was changed within the second set. The crew hit .426 within the units he performed.
Chaumont moved to 6-1 with a win over Saint Jean d’Illac. Worsley set Chaumont to a .388 hitting proportion and scored on an ace. Marshman scored on 5 kills and three blocks. McDonnell had 5 kills with a .714 assault common to go together with an ace.
Ian Parrish had two kills, a block and an ace for FT 1844 Freiburg in a loss to SWD powervolleys Duren.
Gage Worsley turned in a 53 p.c optimistic and 27 p.c excellent passing efficiency for SVG Lüneburg, who beat TSV Haching Munich. Matt Knigge had seven kills and three blocks. His seven kills got here on 9 makes an attempt with no errors in assault. Matt Slivinski was used as a serving substitute within the third set, finishing two serves. Austin Matautia completed with 9 kills for Munich.
Cody Kessel began at outdoors hitter for Berlin in a sweep of VC Bitterfeld-Wolfen. Kessel handed 25 of Berlin’s 35 obtained serves with a 52 p.c optimistic and 40 p.c excellent reception ranking. He scored on 8 kills and a block with a .500 hitting proportion.
Helios Grizzlys Giesen reached the semifinals of the German Cup with a sweep of Freiburg. JT Hatch earned 5 kills on seven makes an attempt with no errors for Giesen. Parrish scored on two aces, a block and a kill.
Giesen performs WWK Volleys Herrsching within the semifinals. Herrsching beat Duren 25-23, 21-25, 13-25, 27-25, 17-15 and Ryan Manoogian noticed restricted motion because the second libero.
Lüneburg beat VC Bitterfeld-Wolfen as Slivinski had 13 kills and an ace. Knigge contributed eight kills, hit .889, and a match-high 4 blocks. Black Leeson hit .800 on his technique to eight kills, two blocks and an ace. Worsley handed 38 p.c of his receptions completely.
Lüneburg performs Berlin, which superior by beating Blue Volleys Gotha. No stats have been obtainable.
Austin Wilmot began at center blocker for Itambé Minas and had 5 kills, hit .625, and two blocks in a win over Araguari Volei on November 13.
Troy Gooch handed 86 p.c positively and 36 p.c completely in Hurrikaani-Loimaa’s win in opposition to the Vantaa Geese. Greg Petty led with 23 kills, two aces, and a block.
Colin Lovejoy had a troublesome outing for Kyky-Betset in opposition to TUTO Volley, hitting .000 in a five-set win.
Michael Michelau hit .524 for Savo Volley, which swept the Vantaa Geese. Michelau had 12 kills, two blocks and an ace,
Tommy Carmody hit .800 for Karlovarsko in a win over VK Ostrava with 4 kills, two aces and a match-high six blocks. Spencer Olivier had 5 kills on 5 swings. Mark Olsen of Ostrava had 4 kills, hitting. 800, a block, and an ace.
Patrick Ross hit .538 for for Brno in a five-set win over Odolena Voda and had eight kills in 4 units. Grant Marocchi had three kills, two blocks, and an ace.
Jaylen Jasper is at present the third-best scorer in Serbia at 5.64 factors per set. He scored 18 factors for Spartak Subotica in a 25-14, 23-25, 25-16, 26-24 win in opposition to Ribinica which included 11 kills to go together with 5 blocks and a match-high two aces.
Chênois Genève remained unbeaten with a sweep of Concordia Volley Luzern. Each James Norris and Denis Del Valle have been within the beginning lineup for Chênois Genève, however no stats have been obtainable.