For the Berlin Recycling Volleys, the semi-finals of the Champions League are a long way off. The German volleyball series champion lost the quarter-final first leg against the favored Italian representative Sir Safety Perugia on Wednesday 1: 3 (18:25, 15:25, 25:23, 17:25).

    In the second leg next Wednesday (8:00 p.m.), coach Cedric Enard’s team needs a 3-1 or 3-0 win in a foreign hall to force a so-called “golden set”. In the deciding set, 15 points would be enough to win.

    The second German representative, VfB Friedrichshafen, will fight against the Polish runner-up Jastrzebski Wegiel on Thursday (7:00 p.m.) for a place in the semi-finals. The second leg of the record champions in Poland will also take place next week.