Thursday, 23 May 2024

Men’s Update: Champions League Battle

The volleyball world witnessed an exhilarating match on March 14, as Italy’s Cucine Lube Civitanova made a stunning comeback to defeat Poland’s PGE Skra Belchatow in a CEV Champions League match at Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland. The crowd of 9,600 spectators was left in awe as Civitanova secured a remarkable victory with a final score of 25-27, 26-28, 25-13, 25-22, 15-10.

Civitanova, led by setter Micah Christenson and outside hitter Taylor Sander, showcased exceptional performance throughout the match. Christenson contributed five points, including two kills, one block, and two aces. He also played a vital role in achieving a remarkable hitting efficiency of .535 for Civitanova. Sander started the first two sets and earned six points, along with 17 receptions at an impressive 53 percent positive rate.

In another Champions League match, outside hitter Aaron Russell and setter James Shaw, along with Italy’s Sir Safety Conad Perugia, emerged victorious against Turkey’s Halkbank Ankara. The match concluded with a score of 25-18, 25-22, 31-29. Although Russell did not participate, Shaw made a significant impact as a substitute and scored a crucial point through a block.

Meanwhile, setter Michael Saeta and France’s Chaumont secured a hard-fought win against Italy’s Diatec Trentino. The match ended with a score of 17-25, 25-22, 25-20, 21-25, 15-10. Saeta played a vital role as a substitute, contributing to the team’s success.

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In another intense showdown, Germany’s Berlin Recycling Volleys, with outside hitter Kyle Russell, faced off against Germany’s VfB Friedrichshafen. The match concluded with a score of 25-22, 23-25, 25-23, 18-25, 15-12. Russell made a valuable contribution as a substitute, scoring a point through a block. American middle blocker Scott Kevorken, who plays for Friedrichshafen, played a crucial role in the team’s win, starting the first two sets and scoring four points.

The teams will now switch cities for the next round on March 20-21. The highly anticipated semifinals and finals will be hosted by Matt Anderson’s team, Zenit Kazan, in Russia.


Q: What was the most memorable match of the Champions League battle?
A: The remarkable comeback victory of Italy’s Cucine Lube Civitanova against Poland’s PGE Skra Belchatow left spectators in awe.

Q: Who were the standout players in the Champions League matches?
A: Micah Christenson and Taylor Sander showcased exceptional performance for Civitanova, while Aaron Russell and James Shaw made a significant impact for Italy’s Sir Safety Conad Perugia.

Q: When will the semifinals and finals of the Champions League take place?
A: The highly anticipated semifinals and finals will be hosted by Zenit Kazan in Russia.


The Champions League battle provided volleyball enthusiasts with thrilling matches and memorable performances. Italy’s Cucine Lube Civitanova’s impressive comeback victory against Poland’s PGE Skra Belchatow stood out as the highlight of the tournament. Led by Micah Christenson and Taylor Sander, Civitanova showcased their exceptional skills and teamwork, leaving the crowd in awe. Additionally, Aaron Russell and James Shaw played pivotal roles in Italy’s Sir Safety Conad Perugia’s victories. The upcoming semifinals and finals, hosted by Zenit Kazan, promise to deliver more excitement and intense competition. Stay tuned for the latest updates and follow the action on

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