Superlega, Round 8, advance. Great battle at the PalaValentia, and the protagonists are the Calabrian formation of Vibo Valentia and Kioene Padova. A challenge solved in four sets, where the home team is successful, finding the comeback win, after a first set in pocket to the rivals.
Tonno Callipo Calabria Vibo Valentia – Kioene Padova 3-1
(29-31, 25-20, 28-26, 25-22)
Tonno Callipo Calabria Vibo Valentia: Zhukouski 5, Vitelli 9, Skrimov 18, Al Hachdadi 35, Strobach 5, Mengozzi 7, Marra (L); Marsili. Non entrati: Cappio (L), Barreto Silva, Domagala, Presta. Coach: Antonio Valentini.
Kioene Padova: Polo 5, Cirovic 4, Volpato 8, Torres 20, Travica 2, Randazzo 16, Danani (L); Louati 7, Cottarelli, Sperandio, Premovic, Lazzaretto, Bassanello (L). Coach: Valerio Baldovin.
MVP: Mohamed Al Hachdadi (Tonno Callipo Calabria Vibo Valentia)
The Starting Six:
Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia: Zhukouski, Al Hachdadi, Strohbach, Skrimov, Mengozzi, Vitelli, Marra.
Kioene Padova: Travica, Torres, Randazzo, Cirovic, Polo, Volpato, Danani.
Teams in the field, and Padova ensures the advantage immediately. 4-8, the guests make the most of the counterattack phase. Vibo Valentia tries to shorten a first time, but without results, until the situation explodes on 22-24: Zhukouski make the start to the Calabrian comeback with an ace. 25-25, and the teams fight to put the signature on the set. Randazzo (44% attack) closes the interminable set, on the ground the ball of 29-31.
First beats of the second set very balanced, then it stretches to +3 (8-5) the Tonno Callipo. 15-11, and despite the errors from the serve line they keeps in the lead. Monster block of Travica and Polo, and Padova get closer. A superb Al Hachdadi drags home team at 24-20. Attack on the net for Padova, and Vibo-Valentia win the set: 1-1.
Advantage for Vibo also in the opening of the third set, and the Padova formation remains under a break. Valentini’s team work the ball change well, getting on 15-10, with an excellent performance of the German spiker Strohbach. Padova brings back the tear and goes in the tie at 20-20. The partial proceeds from point to point, for the second time are the advantages that will decide the fate of the battle. Great parallel to Al Hachdadi, who confirm his excellent match, and ensures 2-1 for Tonno Callipo.
Nothing to do for Padova, which try to stop a triggered Vibo Valentia, that want to takes this three points. The fight continues also in the fourth set, contested between the two teams. Vibo tries a first stretch on 14-12, but immediately answers Padua. The second attempt is successful, and the home team escape. Yet another comeback and we return in parity (17-17). Match ball for home team, and It is still him, Al Hachdadi, to end the match with the ace of 25-22!
Tsimafei Zhukouski (Tonno Callipo Calabria Vibo Valentia): “It’s a very important victory for us, we got three points and I’m very happy. The secret of victory in my opinion is that today we have shown great unity, we have made a great team game.”
Valerio Baldovin (Kioene Padova): “I think that Vibo played an excellent game, in reception and with the opposite that we could not stop. The regret is that we were not precise in counterattack situations”.
Italian Superlega, Round 8
Saturday November 17, 2018
Tonno Callipo Calabria Vibo Valentia – Kioene Padova 3-1 (29-31, 25-20, 28-26, 25-22)
Sunday November 18, 2018 6pm
Azimut Leo Shoes Modena – Cucine Lube Civitanova
Itas Trentino – Calzedonia Verona
Consar Ravenna – Top Volley Latina
Vero Volley Monza – Globo Banca Popolare del Frusinate Sora
BCC Castellana Grotte – Sir Safety Conad Perugia
Emma Villas Siena – Revivre Axopower Milano