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Zawiercie’s failure in the Champions League. Nevertheless, they managed to get promoted

The situation in group B of the volleyball Champions League was extremely balanced. Before the last matchday, as many as three clubs had mathematical chances to advance from the first place. One of them was Aluron CMC Warta Zawiercie, which played a rematch with the German Berlin Recycling Volleys. In the first match, the players from the capital of Germany won (3:1).

Aluron CMC Warta Zawiercie with a loss in the Champions League. The matter of promotion hung by a thread

Wednesday was no better. Unfortunately, the Polish club had to recognize the decisive superiority of the German team. The players from Berlin defeated the players of Michał Winiarski as much as 3:0 (25:22, 25:17, 25:19). The beginning of the first set was quite even. The best player at the beginning of the clash was Dawid Konarski, but it did not translate into winning the first, as it turned out, the most balanced set.

A big blow for the team was also the injury of Uros Kovaceević, who felt pain in the back at 11:14 and was replaced by Patryk Łaba. The last two sets were the showpiece of the German team. The Poles definitely gave way to their rivals and it was the players from Berlin that left no illusions to the bronze medalists of Plus Liga.

This means that the volleyball players of Zawiercie fell beyond the first two places (10 points) in group B. The first position in their group was taken by the Turkish Halkbank Ankara (13 points), and the second place was taken by the conquerors of Zawiercie Berlin Recycling Volleys (11 points) and thanks to being the first third in the standings will also play in the 1/8 finals of the Champions League. Their rival will be another Polish team ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle. All thanks to the win of Cucine Lube Civitanova against Knack Roeselare (3:2).

Champions League Group B table:

  1. Halkbank Ankara 13 pts 6 matches 5 wins 1 loss 16:8 record
  2. Berlin Recycling Volleys 11 pts 6 matches 4 wins 2 losses 13:9 record
  3. Aluron CMC Warta Zawiercie 10 points 6 matches 3 wins 3 losses 12:11 balance
  4. Hebar Pazardzhik 2 pts 6 matches 0 wins 6 losses 5:18 balance

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Aluron CMC Warta Zawiercie is currently ranked third in the volleyball PlusLiga. Before them are Resovia and Jastrzębski Węgiel. Michał Winiarski’s team has 48 points after 21 matches, which means that they are five points behind the leader from Rzeszów. On January 28, the team of Zawiercie will play against GKS Katowice in the next round.

Berlin Recycling Volleys – Aluron CMC Warta Zawiercie 3:0 (25:22, 25:17, 25:19)

Source: Sport

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