Trentino return to world summit


Czestochowa, Poland, December 2, 2018 - After a six-year hiatus Diatecx Trentino Sunday night returned to the top of the world with an unprecedented fifth gold medal as they held off Cucine Lube Civitanova 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-20, 25-18) in the all-Italian final of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's Club World Championship.

Trentino had won four world titles in a row from 2009 to 2012, but had only picked up two bronze since then.

It is also the first time in six years that any Italian side wins the ultimate club trophy.

Davide Candellaro and Simone Giannelli try to stop Dragan Stankovic Sunday night in Czestochowa, as Diatecx Trentino beat Cucine Lube Civitanova to claim the 2018 FIVB Men's Club World Championship title.

Final Ranking:
1. Diatecx Trentino (ITA)
2. Cucine Lube Civitanova (ITA)
3. Fakel Nvy Urengoy (RUS)
4. Asseco Resovia Rzeszow (POL)
5. Sada Cruzeiro Contagem (BRA)
-. Zenit Kazan (RUS)
7. Khatam Ardakan (IRI)
-. PGE Skra Belchatow (POL)

List of FIVB Club World Champions:
1989 - Parma: Maxicono Parma (ITA)
1990 - Milan: Mediolanum Milan (ITA)
1991 - Sao Paulo: Il Messaggero Ravenna (ITA)
1992 - Treviso: Misura Milan (ITA)
2009 - Doha: Trentino BetClic Trento (ITA)
2010 - Doha: Trentino BetClic Trento (ITA)
2011 - Doha: Trentino Diatec Trento (ITA)
2012 - Doha: Trentino Diatec Trento (ITA)
2013 - Betim: Sada Cruzeiro Contagem (BRA)
2014 - Belo Horizonte: Belogorie Belgorod (RUS)
2015 - Betim: Sada Cruzeiro Contagem (BRA)
2016 - Betim: Sada Cruzeiro Contagem (BRA)
2017 - Krakow: Zenit Kazan (RUS)
2018 - Czestochowa: Diatecx Trentino (ITA)

Tournament MVP Aaron Russell and best libero Jenia Grebennikov go for the ball in the final of the 2018 FIVB Men's Club World Championship.

Trentino took an early lead in the first set and kept Lube at bay throughout for a relatively comfortable finish.

The two sides were neck-and-neck well into the business end of the second, before Lube started blocking everything in site and broke away after 22-22 to finish the set with two monster stuffs from Dragan Stankovic, Yoandy Leal and Robertlandy Simon.

Trentino saw their first substantial lead in the third wasted as Lube rallied from 16-13 down for four straight points to go ahead 16-17. But Trentino persevered and built up another lead at 23-19 before Srecko Lisinac spiked from the left and Sokolov followed with a wide attack to put Trentino in front again overall.

The fourth set turned into a bit of an anticlimax, with Trentino on a roll and unstoppable, breaking away after the second technical timeout. It was downhill all the way from there on, with tournament MVP Aaron Russel putting the final cherry on the cake with his last point in the game.

Tsvetan Sokolov and Robertlandy Simon go up for the double block in the final of the 2018 FIVB Men's Club World Championship.

Aaron Russell was top scorer of the final with 20 points, as a total of five Trentino players scored in double digits: Uros Kovacevic (16), Srecko Lisinac and Luca Vettori (12 each), and Davide Candellaro (10).

Most was close between the two sides, but Trentino were just the more efficient in attacking. With 69% (9/13) from Lisinac and 61% (13/23) from Kovacevic, Trentino overall had 55 kills from 97 swings for 57%. Lube were restricted to 44% (41/94).

Earlier on Sunday evening Fakel Novy Urngoy had claimed the bronze medal with a four-set win over Asseco Resovia Rzeszow.

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