Monday, 22 Jul 2024

MNT Update: Ma’a and Halkbank, Kessel and Berlin Advance at Champions League

U.S. Men’s National Team players showcased their skills in the CEV Champions League playoffs, while teams from around the world continued to compete. In this article, we’ll highlight some key matchups and notable performances from these exciting games.

CEV Champions League

Setter Micah Ma’a and Türkiye’s Halkbank secured their spot in the Champions League quarterfinals after a thrilling playoff against libero Erik Shoji, middle blocker David Smith, and Poland’s Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle. The teams went 1-1 in two highly competitive matches, with Kędzierzyn-Koźle winning the first encounter and Halkbank bouncing back to secure victory in the second. Ma’a’s exceptional play and efficient setting were instrumental in Halkbank’s success.

Cody Kessel, a talented outside hitter, led the Berlin Recycling Volleys to victory against France’s Tours. Berlin won both matches, showcasing their strength and determination. Kessel’s contribution as a sub in both games played a significant role in the team’s success.

These impressive performances have earned Halkbank a quarterfinal matchup against Italy’s Cucina Lube Civitanova, while Berlin will face off against Italy’s Itas Trentino. Additionally, Matt Anderson and Türkiye’s Ziraat Bankkart, who advanced straight to the quarterfinals, will take on Spain’s Guaguas Las Palmas.

CEV Challenge Cup

Taylor Averill and Poland’s Projekt Warszawa have advanced to the finals of the CEV Challenge Cup after defeating Finland’s AKAA Volley in the semifinals. Their remarkable journey sets the stage for an exciting finals matchup against Italy’s Mint Vero Volley Monza.

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In a recent match, Asseco Resovia Rzeszów secured a convincing win against Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle. T.J. DeFalco, an exceptional outside hitter, played a pivotal role in Rzeszów’s victory with his 13 points, including several kills and blocks. On the opposing side, David Smith and Erik Shoji also showcased their skills with notable contributions.


Micah Ma’a and Halkbank continued their winning streak with a solid performance against Rams Global Cizre BLD. Ma’a’s exceptional setting, combined with his offensive contributions, helped Halkbank secure a well-deserved victory.

Matt Anderson and Ziraat Bankkart also tasted success in their recent match against Bursa Büyükşehir Belediyespor Kulübü. Anderson’s outstanding performance, including 15 points and an impressive hitting efficiency, played a key role in Ziraat Bankkart’s triumph.


Thomas Jaeschke and the Panasonic Panthers delivered exceptional performances in their matches against the Suntory Sunbirds. Jaeschke’s offensive prowess and contributions in all areas of the game were crucial in both victories.


Francesco Sani and Rana Verona Volley emerged victorious against Pallavolo Padova, with Gabi Garcia leading the charge for the opposing team. Despite a strong effort from Garcia, Sani’s team showcased their skill and teamwork, securing a well-deserved win.


Cody Kessel’s exceptional performance for the Berlin Recycling Volleys highlighted their dominant win against TSV Haching München. Kessel’s offensive prowess was on full display as he contributed with several kills and blocks.


Hypo Tirol and libero Tim McIntosh continued their winning streak with two consecutive victories. McIntosh’s solid defensive skills and contributions played a crucial role in these wins.

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Kyle McCauley and Nova Tech Lycurgus HS 1 faced a challenging matchup against Active Living Orion HS 1. Despite their best efforts, McCauley’s team fell short in their bid for victory.


Troy Gooch and Greg Petty, both representing Hurrikaani Loimaa, received well-deserved recognition as players of the month for January in the Finnish league. Their outstanding performances have solidified their place among the league’s most talented players.

These matches and performances showcase the talent and dedication of the players, providing fans with thrilling moments and intense competition. Stay tuned for more updates as the season progresses.


Q: Who advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals in the CEV Champions League?
A: Micah Ma’a and Türkiye’s Halkbank, along with Cody Kessel and the Berlin Recycling Volleys, have advanced to the quarterfinals of the CEV Champions League.

Q: Who will Halkbank and Berlin face in the quarterfinals?
A: Halkbank will be competing against Italy’s Cucina Lube Civitanova, while Berlin will face Italy’s Itas Trentino in the quarterfinal matchups.


In this article, we highlighted the impressive performances of U.S. Men’s National Team players in the CEV Champions League. Micah Ma’a and Cody Kessel led their respective teams, Halkbank and the Berlin Recycling Volleys, to victory, securing their spots in the quarterfinals. Additionally, we provided updates on other notable matches and performances from around the world. It’s an exciting time for volleyball fans, with intense competitions and outstanding displays of skill. Stay tuned for more updates as the season unfolds.

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