By Kirill Pirogov
Our Belarusian volleyball squads have played return matches in the European tournament. In the 1/16 men’s finals of the Challenge Cup, Stroitel Minsk from Belarus defeated Anorthosis of Cyprus — 3:0, playing at home. Their first match, played on Aphrodite’s Island, brought victory for the Belarusian team after a tie break — 3:2. However, Alexander Singaevsky’s team had no room to relax during the home game, since their rival’s strength was clear from the very beginning. The home match lasted just over an hour. In the next round of the tournament, Stroitel is to play Arkas from Turkey. Meanwhile, vice champion of Belarus Metallurg Zhlobin has defeated Antwerp of Holland at home — 3:0.
The second round of the women’s Challenge Cup brought victory to Kommunalnik Mogilev, playing against Ukrainian Khimik — 3:1, at home. However, on points, the squad failed to go through to the next round, having lost their first match — 0:3.