2018-2019 CEV CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – 2ND ROUND
Vojvodina NS Seme Novi Sad DEF. Neftohimic 2010 Burgas 3-2 (20-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-19, 15-11)
- Sports Hall Mladost, BURGAS, BULGARIA
- Attendance: 600
- Vojvodina needs any win to progress to the 3rd Round when they play the return leg on October 31; Neftohimic must win the return leg in 3 or 4 sets to advance, but a win in 5 sets will cause a Golden Set
Neftohimic 2010 Burgas was on the cusp of securing a win at home in the opening leg of the 2nd Round of the Champions. With their backs against the wall, Vojvodina NS Seme Novi Sad clawed their way back into the match and got the win. After being down 0-2, Vojvodina earned the 2 points from the win in 5 sets. They also set themselves up nicely on the return leg at home in Serbia next week.
Dmytro Viietskyi and David Mehic both finished with 16 points for Vojvodina in a match where all 5 of their attacking players achieved double-digit points. While Viietskyi put away 13 kills, he also committed 10 errors in attack and only hit .091 (39%). He also contributed 3 service aces in the win. Mehic scored on 14 kills and 2 aces with a .333 (52%) hitting percentage.
Lazaro Reydel Fundora Travieso finished with 13 points from 9 kills, 1 block, and 3 aces. The outside hitter from Cuba hit .294 (53%) on the night. Stevan Simic scored 12 points in the middle on 9 kills, 2 blocks, and 1 ace. Mirko Radevic came off the bench in the 3rd set and scored 10 points on 6 kills and 4 blocks in the middle. He tied a match-high 4 blocks and hit a perfect 1.000 (100%). Ivan Kostic set his team to a .340 (34%) attack efficiency.
Neftohimic was led by Dmitry Yakovlev‘s 18 points from the right side. He put away 13 kills, 4 blocks and 1 service ace in the defeat. Savelli Pozdniakov and Georgi Petrov scored 14 and 11 points from the left side respectively. Pozdniakov scored on 7 kills, 4 blocks, and 2 aces. Petrov contributed 11 kills to the stat page.
Nikolay Kartov also put up 11 points, but from the middle blocker position. His points came on 7 kills, 3 blocks, an 1 ace. The other middle blocker, Iliya Petkov scored 8 points on 5 kills and 3 aces. Lubomir Agontsev set Neftohimic to a mere .214 (44%) in the defeat.