CWCH Day 3: Skra defeated Zenit in a ‘Big Match’. Al-Arabi still remain in play

Zenit Kazan did not manage to beat Skra Belchatow in the dual of two finalists of the last Champions League’s edition. The host, Al-Arabi Doha, won over Zamalek Cairo in three straight sets, remaining chances to rake up a ticket to semi-finals.

Zenit Kazan 2 – 3 PGE Skra Belchatow

Zenit: V. Vermiglio 4, M. Anderson 22, N. Apalikov 8, M. Mikhailov 21, E. Sivozhelez 14, A. Abrosimov 9, A. Obmochaev (L) and Y. Berezhko, I. Kolodinsky, A. Cheremesin

Skra: P. Woicki, M. Winiarski 16, D. Plinski 9, A. Atanasijevic 20, M. Wlazly 8, K. Klos 1, P. Zatorski (L) and Y. Cala 8, D. Vincic 1, W. Kooistra 2,

PGE Skra Belchatow came from behind to edge Zenit Kazan in five sets (21-25, 25-23, 17-25, 25-19, 15-10) for their second victory in Pool B of the Men’s FIVB Club World Championship on Monday. The losers dropped to a 1-1 record.

Aleksandar Atanasijevic led PGE Skra with 21 points while Michal Winiarski added 16. Daniel Plinski contributed nine while Yosleyder Cala and Mariusz Wlazly each added eight points with Cala landing four aces.

Matt Anderson topped Zenit Kazan with a match-high 22 points, including three aces, and Maxim Mikhaylov added 21. Evgeny Sivozhelez finished with 14.

The winners held a 7-6 margin in aces while the defeated team led in blocks 7-6. The big difference was in the unforced errors where Zenit Kazan totaled 38 to 24 by PGE Skra Belchatow.

PGE Skra Belchatow took the lead in Pool B of the Club World Championships and will face Al-Arabi in the last game in group stage.


Al-Arabi Doha 3 – 0 Zamalek Cairo

Al-Arabi: C. Pampel 17, D. Bonifante 3, R. Ribeiro 5, A. Al Bakhet 4, Matti Oivanen 11, A-H. Saed 9, R. Lambourne (L)

Zamalek: S. Youssuf 5, A. Kabary 3, A. Abouelhassan 2, Badawy 8, M. Saif Elnasr 5, H. Reda 15, W. Alaydy (L) and A. Ellakany, M. Khattab 3

Al-Arabi Doha evened its win-loss record at 1-1 in Pool B of the Men’s FIVB Club World Championship following a 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-20) victory over Zamalek of Egypt at Aspire Zone Hall on Monday. The losers dropped to a 0-2 mark.

Al-Arabi only made eight unforced errors during the match compared to 26 by Zamalek. The winners also held the advantage in blocks (8-6) and in service winners (7-5).

Christian Pampel topped the local club with 17 points, all via spikes. Matti Oivanen contributed 11 points, including three blocks and three aces, and Mohamed Ibrahim added nine. Zamalek’s Reda Haikal was the only bright point of the defeated side with 15 points, including two blocks and three aces.


Pool B

  1. PGE Skra Belchatow   5
  2. Zenit Kazan               4
  3. Al-Arabi Doha            3
  4. Zemalek Cairo           0


Sources: own news/

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