CEZ KARLOVARSKO secured their place in Round 2 of the men’s CEV Champions League Volley 2022 following a 3-2 home victory (25-19, 22-25, 32-30, 22-25, 15-9) over CSM Arcada GALATI, before claiming the all-important Golden Set 15-10.
Everyone expected a very close and tough match, especially after last week the Romanians had emerged victorious only at the tiebreak from the first round of this double header. The hosts and reigning Czech national champions caught a promising start, taking the first set quite comfortably but the remainder of the match was very tight – especially the third set, which ended at 32-30 for the home side. The Czechs eventually claimed a 3-2 victory, which prompted a Golden Set to determine which one of the two teams would progress to the second round of the competition.
This was full of turnarounds, and even though the hosts started better, GALATI edged ahead by two points at some point. However, CEZ KARLOVARSKO found their way back into the game and eventually claimed a 15-10 win to move on to Round 2, with Lukasz Wiese the MVP on a personal tally of 27 points – three less than those scored by teammate Patrik Indra.