#CLVolleyW Round 4 started in full swing on Tuesday, Dinamo Moscow and ASPTT among winners


Article Tue, Nov 23 2021
Author: Martyna Szydłowska

On Tuesday night the highly anticipated Round 4 of the CEV Champions League Volley 2022 - Women started in a full swing, with as many as four exciting matches played across Europe. In Pool C, Dinamo MOSCOW started their 16th consecutive #CLVolleyW campaign with an emphatic 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-20) win over VK Dukla LIBEREC. The rivalry in Pool A delivered a convincing 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-23) win of Lokomotiv KALININGRAD Region over SC Prometey DNIPRO and a real rollercoaster five-set battle between Developres RZESZÓW and DRESDNER SC, won by the Polish side 3-2 (25-10, 19-25, 25-15, 22-25, 15-9) . Once, in the last game of the opening night, ASPTT MULHOUSE VB emerged victorious from the clash against LP SALO to earn a 3-1 (23-25, 25-14, 25-14, 25-19) win in the first game of Pool B.

Developres RZESZÓW defeated DRESDNER SC in thrilling five-setter

3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-20)
Pool C

Dinamo Moscow under guidance of new head coach Konstantin Ushakov enjoyed a perfect start to their 16th consecutive campaign, earning an important straight-set victory on home soil over VK Dukla Liberec. The hosts took control on the court from the first whistle, being powered by the captain Nataliya Goncharova, who had an excellent opening of the game, scoring as many as 9 points and winning the opener in confident way 25-19. Although, both coaches rotated with their squads, Dinamo kept the momentum in the next part ending it with the same score. However, the third part was a way more competitive. After a passionate point-by-point race, it was Dukla to lead 17-15, but the hosts were extremely motivated to finish the game quickly - what they actually did. Goncharova who tallied a match high 17 points was named the MVP.

- Dinamo out-blocked Dukla, scoring in this component 12 points (Dukla only 4).
- Dinamo's captain Nataliya Goncharova was named as MVP after scoring 17 points and having 60% of success in attack and two blocks.
- Nikola Kvapilova was the best scorer for Dukla with 16 points.

“It was a good game for us, I think. This result is important. We should improve many things in our game, but we won and we started with a good win. Our block helped a lot. Also service and good attack helped us today. We prepared for Dukla. It's a good team with good defence, they keep the ball. They don’t make mistakes, and this is difficult for Dukla’s opponent.”

Elitsa Vasileva
outside hitter Dinamo

3-1 (23-25, 25-14, 25-14, 25-19)
Pool B

Tuesday's victory over LP Salo is an extremely important boost for ASPTT Mulhouse, who for the first time in their history opened the Champions League with a win. The hosts had a very good start to the match leading 22-17, but then Volleyball fans witnessed a tremendous turnaround, with solid performance on serving line from the Finnish team and some unforced errors, it was the guest team closing the opening set. It was a cold shower for the hosts, who returned to the court fully focused on their task, led by their leaders Kimberly Drewniok and Amanda Coneo, ASPTT won the next two sets to 14. The fourth part was a fierce battle up until 17-17, but then the host team powered by Coneo ran away with the score to close the game.

- Jessica Kosonen led LP Salo to win in the first set, scoring 6 points.
- After losing the first set, ASPTT visibly improved their game, eliminating own mistakes (only 1 unforced error in the third set).
- Drewniok and Coneo were key players for ASPTT scoring 18 and 16 points, respectively. But it was Coneo to receive the MVP award.
- Kosonen remained top scorer of Salo with 14 points.

"I am very happy with this victory. I am even very touched. This victory was our goal. At the end, we suffered but I'm proud of my team who didn't give up anything."

Amanda Coneo
ASPTT Mulhouse/MVP
Malwina Smarzek led Lokomotiv Kaliningrad to opening win

Also two matches in Pool A were played on Tuesday. On the neutral ground, at Palace of Sport "Uruchje" in Minsk, Belarus, Lokomotiv KALININGRAD Region defeated SC Prometey DNIPRO in straight sets. Malwina Smarzek (16 points), Ekaterina Evdokimova (14) and Irina Voronkova (12) proved too strong to be stopped. In the second match of this pool, Developres Rzeszów battled hard with Dresdner SC in Poland. Both sides tried to show their best on the court, but eventually thanks to great setting tactics of Katarzyna Wenerska and powerful hits performed by Kara Bajema (20 points), Bruna Marquez (16) and Anna Stencel (15), the hosts won the game after an exciting five-setter.

Action in the first leg of Round 4 in the CEV Champions League Volley - Women will continue on Wednesday and Thursday with the remaining six games.