In its second attempt since its refoundation, Guaguas manages to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League, picking up the baton from CV Teruel, the last Spanish team to face the best of the Old Continent in the 2018 season. -19. With their 3-1 victory against the host, Partizan Belgrade, the Gran Canarians advance to the group stage as first classified, with three wins in their three games, after defeating the Montenegrin team of Budva and the Austrians from Tyrol Innsbruck on the fast track.
The team led by Sergio Miguel Camarero has been placed in group D with Jastrzebski Wegiel, champion of the Polish League and Super Cup and current runners-up in the Champions League.
Their second rival will be the runner-up from the Czech Republic, Jihostroj Ceske Budejovice; while the third and final opponent will be the third-placed team in the Bundesliga, SVG Lüneburg, a team in which the former Guaguas player, Matt Knigge, plays.
Guaguas showed great concentration from the first round against the host, Partizan Belgrade, which allowed the yellows to open the first gap in the match, taking advantage of the efficiency of Maxi Cavanna’s service (11-6). The Serbians tried with Dusan Petrovic leading the attack, but the yellows arrived with a five-point cushion at the final stretch of the first act, which closed in their favor with a clear 25-20 (1-0).
The defensive solidity of the Gran Canarian team suffered at the start of the second act with the classification already tied, which was taken advantage of by the Serbians to increase their pace in attack (10-15). But the yellows reacted thanks to Paolo Zonca and Wallyson in attack to complete the comeback with a 25-23 score that made it 2-0.
The third set began with great equality, reaching a tight finish at 21-21. The improvement of the Serbians helped them add the round in their favor with a hard-fought 23-25 that extended the match into a fourth set.
The Gran Canarian team recovered their best version, with Paolo Zonca carrying the yellow team’s attack on his shoulders to open a gap on the scoreboard that would be definitive when it came to closing their third consecutive victory, taking the fourth and final round by 25-19. sealing their pass to the group stage of the Champions League through the front door, picking up the baton from CV Teruel.
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