Lodz, Poland, December 12, 2017 – The home crowd at the Atlas Arena in Lodz was pleased to see their favourites from Skra Belchatow start off in Pool B in the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship with a convincing victory. Inspired by the noisy support from the stands, the Polish squad mastered a 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-21) win against China’s Shanghai Golden Age.
Serbia’s Srecko Lisinac scored a smashing seven aces and six kill blocks for a total of 25 points on the winning team’s tally, which made him the best scorer of the match. His teammate Mariusz Wlazly added another 18. Shuhan Rao and Julien Lyneel shared the honours on the Chinese squad’s side of the net with 12 points each.
This was Shanghai’s debut at the Club World Championships and the first encounter between these two sides. Skra have never lost to an Asian team in the history of the competition.
Roberto Piazza, coach of Skra Belchatow: “It was really important to come into the game quickly, because it was our first match. Skra showed that is a good team. We put a lot of pressure in serving, but we made many mistakes, to be honest. Mistakes are a part of the game, so we need to accept the fact and play. Now we have to eliminate these and play better, because our next opponents will not be any easier. Volleyball is about putting the pressure and always moving forward. When I leave this conference room I will forget about tonight’s match and start thinking about the future.”
Mariusz Wlazly, captain of Skra Belchatow: “We began well in this prestigious tournament in Poland. It is a good opportunity to play against the best teams from around the world. We were a bit afraid before this match, but now we are happy before the next games.”
Grzegorz Lomacz, player of Skra Belchatow: “We took this game very seriously. Our serve was pretty good; actually each element of our game was nice, so the score is the effect of it. We are fresh and relaxed, because in the Polish League we were lucky to play home games last month.”
Shen Qioung, coach of Shanghai Golden Age: “We lost so many points in reception; we were weak at this element. Our attack also was not perfect. We need to change a lot of things and play the next two games in better way.”
Facundo Conte, player of Shanghai Golden Age: “The third set was not bad. It was the best in the match. We were just helpless against Skra, who played on a very high level tonight.”
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