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Men’s Update: Champions League Begins

The highly anticipated men’s CEV Champions League kicked off on December 3, showcasing teams with some of the most talented U.S. Men’s players. Let’s dive into the exciting action from the pool play and see how our favorite athletes performed.

Pool B: Berlin Recycling Volleys Comes Out on Top

In an impressive display of skill, Germany’s Berlin Recycling Volleys triumphed over ACH Volley Ljubljana of Slovenia with a score of 25-21, 25-15, 26-24. Ben Patch, the opposite player for Berlin, was named the best player of the match. With 17 points, including 14 kills and three blocks, Patch dominated the game. Middle blocker Jeff Jendryk also contributed to the team’s success with eight points from eight kills.

Russia’s Kuzbass Kermerovo Shows Strength in Pool B

In Pool B, Kuzbass Kermerovo from Russia faced off against Fakel Novy Urengoy, also from Russia. With libero Erik Shoji on their side, Kuzbass Kermerovo secured a victory with a score of 26-24, 25-21, 25-18. Shoji’s exceptional performance was evident with his 14 receptions, 29 percent of which were positive.

Middle Blocker David Smith Leads Zaksa Kedzierzyn-Kozle to Victory

In Pool E, Zaksa Kedzierzyn-Kozle of Poland, with middle blocker David Smith on the team, defeated Vojvodina NS Seme Nove Sad of Serbia with a score of 25-20, 25-21, 25-21. Smith’s seven points, comprised of three kills, three blocks, and one ace, played a crucial role in the team’s win.

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Germany’s VfB Friedrichshafen Falls to Belgium’s Knack Roeselare

In Pool E, middle blocker Brendan Schmidt and setter Joe Worsley, representing Germany’s VfB Friedrichshafen, faced a tough opponent in Belgium’s Knack Roeselare. Despite their efforts, Friedrichshafen lost with a score of 25-23, 25-21, 25-15. Schmidt scored four points, while Worsley made valuable contributions coming off the bench.

Poland’s Tours Falls Short Against Verva Warszawa Orlen Paliwa

In Pool D, middle blocker Price Jarman and France’s Tours battled against Poland’s Verva Warszawa Orlen Paliwa. Despite their best efforts, Tours came up short with a score of 25-15, 25-22, 25-23. Jarman started sets two and three, contributing four points with three kills and one block.

Aaron Russell and Itas Trentino Await Their Turn

Outside hitter Aaron Russell and Italy’s Itas Trentino are gearing up to make their Champions League debut on December 12 against Fenerbahce HDI Sigorta Istanbul of Turkey. Stay tuned for updates on their performance in the tournament.


Q: Who were the standout players in the matches?
A: Ben Patch of Berlin Recycling Volleys and Erik Shoji of Kuzbass Kermerovo showcased their exceptional skills in their respective matches.

Q: When is Itas Trentino’s next game?
A: Itas Trentino will be playing against Fenerbahce HDI Sigorta Istanbul on December 12.

Q: Did David Smith perform well in Zaksa Kedzierzyn-Kozle’s match?
A: Yes, David Smith’s impressive performance contributed to Zaksa Kedzierzyn-Kozle’s victory.


The start of the men’s CEV Champions League has already provided fans with thrilling matches and outstanding performances. We eagerly anticipate the upcoming games and look forward to witnessing the incredible talent of these U.S. Men’s players. Stay tuned for more updates on, your go-to source for all things volleyball.

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