Sensational Lube outlast ZAKSA to stay undefeated in race for semis


Osmany Juantorena receives in front of teammate Jiri Kovar as he leads Cucine Lube Civitanova to triumph over hosts ZAKSA Kedzierzyn-Kozle at the 2017 FIVB Club World Championship.

Opole, Poland, December 13, 2017 - Twice, Italian champions Cucine Lube Civitanova trailed Polish champions and hosts ZAKSA Kedzierzyn-Kozle, but twice they came back to tie the intense and dramatic game, before rallying in the fifth for a sensational 3-2 (23-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-21, 18-16) win before another sellout crowd here for the 2017 FIVB Men's Club World Championship.

It was the second five-setter in two days for ZAKSA, who had come back from two sets down on the opening day to beat Sarmaye Bank of Tehran.

It leaves the Italian side undefeated in Pool A, within touching distance of a berth in the semifinals.

Bulgarian Tsvetan Sokolov with 26 points and Cuban-born Osmany Juantorena with 23 led the scoring for Lube, to counter the 25 of Belgian Sam Deroo for ZAKSA.

Lube outplayed ZAKSA in blocking, serving and attacking, but also conceded as many as 35 unforced errors.

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