Tuesday, 23 Jul 2024

Men’s Update: Anderson, Kazan Triumph Once Again

Outside hitter Matt Anderson and his team Zenit Kazan emerged victorious in the CEV Champions League, defeating Italy’s Cucine Lube Civitanova in a thrilling match. In this article, we’ll explore the highlights of the final and provide updates on other volleyball events around the world.

CEV Champions League Final

Zenit Kazan secured an impressive win against Cucine Lube Civitanova, with a final score of 29-27, 18-25, 23-25, 25-23, 17-15. Anderson, a standout player, contributed 11 points to his team’s triumph, showcasing his skills in kills, blocks, and aces. Taylor Sander, representing Civitanova, delivered an exceptional performance, scoring 15 points with powerful kills. Micah Christenson, the setter for Civitanova, played a key role in their .479 hitting efficiency, contributing four points through blocks and aces.

Volleyball Nations League

The U.S. Men’s team is set to participate in the upcoming Volleyball Nations League (VNL) in China. The matches will be available for online viewing via the FloVolleyball subscription service. Here’s a look at the U.S. Men’s schedule for the VNL:

  • May 25: Argentina vs. USA
  • May 26: Bulgaria vs. USA
  • May 27: China vs. USA

The U.S. Men’s team will continue their VNL journey with matches in Brazil, Canada, the USA, and Italy.

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Updates from Around the World


Aaron Russell, James Shaw, and Sir Safety Perugia emerged as winners in the Italian league playoffs. They defeated Christenson, Sander, and Civitanova in a thrilling final series that ended with a 3-2 scoreline.


Anderson and Zenit Kazan continued their dominating run in the Russian league, sweeping Zenit St. Petersburg with a 3-0 victory in the finals. Kazan’s success extends beyond the domestic league, as they also clinched the 2017 Russian Cup, 2017 FIVB Club World Championship, and the 2017-18 CEV Champions League title this season.


Dan McDonnell and Trefl Gdańsk secured third place in the Polish league finals by defeating Indykpol AZS Olsztyn in a thrilling 2-0 victory. McDonnell’s impressive performance included six points contributed through kills and blocks.


Mitch Stahl of Paris faced off against Michael Saeta and Chaumont in the French league semifinals. Despite Stahl’s commendable performance, scoring seven points with kills, blocks, and an ace, Paris fell short, with Chaumont emerging as the victors. In the final, Chaumont ultimately succumbed to Tours in a closely fought battle.


Kyle Russell and the Berlin Recycling Volleys emerged triumphant in the league finals against VFB Friedrichshafen, winning 3-2. Russell played a crucial role as a substitute in the finals match, contributing to the team’s success.


Q: When does the Volleyball Nations League begin?
A: The U.S. Men’s team will start their Volleyball Nations League campaign on May 25-27 in China.

Q: Where can I watch the Volleyball Nations League matches?
A: The matches will be available for online viewing via the FloVolleyball subscription service.

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The world of men’s volleyball continues to witness thrilling matches and remarkable performances. With the CEV Champions League, Volleyball Nations League, and domestic leagues in various countries, there is no shortage of action and excitement for fans of the sport. Stay tuned for more updates on the latest volleyball news and achievements.