Berlin (dpa / bb) – The Berlin Volleys get a foretaste of the coming season in the Volleyball Champions League at the weekend. At the traditional Memorial Arkadiusz Golas Tournament in Poznań, the German champions will first meet CMC Warta Zawiercie on Saturday (5:30 p.m.). The Polish championship third is also one of three group opponents of Berlin in the premier class.
Therefore playing with hidden cards or substitutes does not occur to Volleys coach Cedric Enard. “That’s not an issue for us. It’s all about us and our further development,” says the Frenchman. Libero Santiago Danani, who was under contract with BR Volleys until May, plays for Zawiercie.
The field of participants in Poznań will be completed by Champions League winner Zaksa Kedzierzyn-Kozle and Barkom Lviv, the champion of Ukraine, who was defeated 3-0 by volleys at the tournament in Lublin, Poland last weekend. “Strong opponents show you your own construction sites,” says Enard. His goal for the Poznan appearance: “Regardless of the results, I want to see my team improve compared to the last friendlies.”
The four-man tournament is taking place for the 17th time in honor of the 141-time Polish national volleyball player Arkadiusz Golas. The middle blocker died in a car accident near Klagenfurt in 2005 on the way to his new club Lube Banca Macerata (Italy).
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