Champions League: Kurek is not enough. Fenerbahce finally won

Dinamo Moscow was not helped by Bartosz Kurek in a match against PGE Skra Belchatow. The Polish team won the four set battle and is extremely close to confirm its supremacy in pool E. Fenerbahce Istanbul grabbed two points playing Tomis Constanta but they had earlier lost all chances for playoffs qualification.

Dinamo Moscow – PGE Skra Belchatow 1 – 3 (16-25, 25-22, 25-27, 21-25)

Dinamo: Grankin 1, Markin 1, Krivets 11, Kruglov 18, Kurek 7, Shcherbinin 10, Bragin (L) and Shchadilov 8, Boldyrev, Bezrukov

Skra: Woicki 2, Winiarski 13, Klos 1, Atanasijevic 22, Wlazly 15, Plinski 5, Zatorski (L) and Kooistra 7, Vincic 1


PGE Skra Belchatow claimed its fourth consecutive victory in the 2013 CEV Champions League, this time defeating 3 – 1 Dinamo Moscow. After the win, PGE Skra needs just one point in the last two games to be first in pool E while Dinamo is forced to collect six points to dream of promotion to play-offs.

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An ex Belchatow’s player Bartosz Kuerk finally preformed in Dinamo after recovery. PGE Skra took control from the beginning in the first set via strong serves and block-defense system. Attacks by Plinski and Winiarski moved Skra ahead during the first technical time-out (8-4). The break did not help Dinamo. Charednik’s players was not able to predict and stem Pawel Woicki’s sets and stop Atanasijevic and Wlazly in attacks, so Skra led 16-7 in the second TTO. Later, Dinamo even reduced the gap to four points but Poles raised up ending 25-16.

The second set also was started very good by Skra, however, Dinamo corrected its reception what helped Grankin to play faster and faster. The Polish team committed much more own mistake and Pavel Kruglov was taking advantage many counters being out of a reach for the Poles. Moreover, Aleksandar Atanasijevic lost somewhere his effectiveness. All these conditions provided a triumph for Dinamo (25-22).

The third part of the game was the most exciting. Both teams was fighting equally. Skra was leading at the first TTO while Dinamo was ahead during the other one. At the end of the set, Dinamo gained three point leading (22-19) and had one set point but wasted this chance. Great serve by Atanasijevic and attack by Woicki made Skra a happy end 27-25.

The fourth set can be described like a sheer ‘Wytze Kooistra show’. Until the Dutch middle-blocker stand in order to serve the set score was equal. After that, Skra gained a relevant advantage which was not wasted by Belchatow. Kooistra brought in 4 points in attack, 2 blocks and added 1 successful serve and Skra closed the match winning 25-21.

Aleksandar Atanasijevic was the best scorer of the duel. He end up 17 attacks (49% of efficiency) and added 4 blocks and 1 ace. Dinamo was led by Pavel Kruglov, who won 18 points ( 16 spikes, 50%, 2 aces).


Fenerbahce Grundig Istanbul – Tomis Constanta 3 – 2 (25-18, 24-26, 25-23, 20-25, 15-8)

Fenerbahce: Koy 2, Cernic 5, Bjelica 14, Miljkovic 32, Marshall 10, Basaran 7, Kilic (L) and Dogan 7, Toy

Tomis: Gonzalez 5, Terzic 9, Spinu 3, Ojansivu 16, Bojic 18, Bojovic 9, Samardzic (L) and Stancu 10, Merkushev


Tomis Constanta was not able to repeat the last week triumph when the Romans beat Fenerbahce in three stright sets. In Istanbul, the hosts overcome Tomis after tie-break, however, they still occupy the closing place in pool E.

Fenerbahce opened with a 4:0 that forced the opponents to call an early time-out and Tomis could eventually draw level at 6 all. Ivan Miljkovic paced Fenerbahce (13:9) and with 17-year old setter Cem Koy standing the pressure of this demanding debut, the home side finished it off at 25-18 with the Serbian star scoring 9 points all alone in this section of the match.
Fenerbahce set the pace of the game also in set 2 (8:7) but Tomis bounced back (15:16) and after a very close fight, the guests could go for the provisional 1:1 (24-26).

The score remained very close up to 9 all in the third set before Fenerbace cruised past (12:9) and was able to maintain a small gap up to the final rush. Tomis fought back from 21:17 to 21:20 but an error of their setter Javier Gonzalez sealed the final 25-23 for Fenerbahce.
Leonel Marshall was replaced by Turgay Dogan in the fourth set as the Cuban spiker had suffered a foot injury, and the freshman added some points to the count of Fenerbahce (12:8) before Tomis clawed back once more to call for the tie-break (20-25). Miljkovic paced his side once more in the deciding set (8:5) – in the end he collected 32 points – and even though Tomis asked for a time-out at 10:6, the local heroes remained focused and could celebrate their first win in the competition (15-8).


A leader of Fenerbahce, Ivan Miljkovic achieved an extraordinary match record with 32 points score. The experienced Serbian committed 30 successful spikes and added 2 blocks. Among Tomis, Marko Bojic provided 18 points spiking with 55% of efficiency.


Pool E standings:

  1. PGE Skra Belchatow 12 pts Q
  2. Dinamo Moscow 6 pts
  3. Tomis Constanta 4 pts
  4. Fenerbahce Istanbul 2 pts

Q – play-off qualification

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