2018 CEV Champions League – MEN
- February 14, 2018
- Moscow, Russia
- Box Score
Dinamo Moscow picked up their first win in the fourth round of the Champions League with a four-set victory over Chaumont VB 52. Despite the victory, they do not have a shot at moving onto the next round of the competition, as there is only one more match in the round and they sit in last place with a 1-4 record at this point.
The win came as a dominant victory for the Russian side as they won 3-1, (25-16, 19-25, 25-19, 25-18), holding the French side below 20 points in each of the three sets that were won. The loss for Chaumont comes are their third straight in the fourth round, with their last win coming over Dinamo in a five-set battle.
It was a strong first set for the Russian team as they scored 20 to Chaumont’s 14 points, the remaining points scored for the winning side were off 3 service errors and 2 hitting errors from the French squad. Set 2 saw a reversal on the court and Chaumont perked up to out-score Dinamo 18-13, using 5 service errors from Dinamo to tie the match at 1-1.
It came back to Dinamo in the third, with another dominant set, scoring 21 points to Chaumont’s 13, despite having 5 service errors in the set. They were, however, flawless (except for 4 blocks) on the attack. The fourth set was a disaster on both sides on the court, with the players only truly scoring 12 and 14 points on both sides. The final set of the match came down to errors and who made the least amount – which came down to Dinamo. Chaumont served up 8 errors, 4 reception errors and 4 attacking errors in the fourth set loss to lose the match.
In the end, Alexander Markin led Dinamo to the victory with 19 points while Pavel Kruglov and Dick Kooy added another 18 and 15 points, respectively. For the losing side, Stephen Boyer took charge to put down 19 points while Nikola Mijalovic added another 10, both not being enough to propel a win.