What an incredible match for Verona!
They were dangerously close to shock Cucine Lube Civitanova in Game 1 of the Superlega’s playoff quarterfinals.
After clinching the first two sets against the sixth in the standings Calzedonia Verona, the players of the third seed Cucine Lube Civitanova certainly could not imagine they will play five sets. They saved two match points in the tie-break to win by a 3-2 (32:30, 25:20, 22:25, 23:25, 18:16)! Yoandy Leal with 28 points (including three aces) and Tsvetan Sokolov with 27 points let the hosts of Lube to the victory. Great match, on the other side, for Matey Kaziyski: 22 points (including four aces) for him.
— Cucine Lube Civitanova – Calzedonia Verona 3-2 (32:30, 25:20, 22:25, 23:25, 18:16)
Cucine Lube Civitanova: Mossa De Rezende 4, Juantorena 19, Simon 12, Sokolov 27, Leal 28, Cester 4, Marchisio (L), D’Hulst 0, Cantagalli 0, Balaso (L), Kovar 0, Diamantini 1, Massari 0. N.E. Stankovic. Coach. De giorgi.
Calzedonia Verona: Spirito 1, Manavinezhad 12, Solé 14, Boyer 19, Kaziyski 22, Alletti 9, Giuliani (L), Sharifi 1, Marretta 0, De Pandis (L). N.E. Magalini, Birarelli, Pinelli. Coach. Grbic.
MVP: Leal. —
Itas Trentino and Sir Safety Conad Perugia also began the Italian league playoffs in a victorious way.
After conquering the 2019 CEV Volleyball Cup, five days ago, the players of the second in the standings Itas Trentino overhelmed Kioene Padova in Game 1 of quarterfinals. So, Trentino came one step from advancing to their fifth consecutive SuperLega semifinals. A little ceremony was held before the match against Padova, as Trentino players presented a recently won CEV Cup trophy to their fans at the BLM Group Arena. In this match Serbian Uroš Kovačević was the top-scored for Trentino with 13 points while Davide Candellaro made 75% in attacks. Canadian Ryley Barnes was the top scorer in Padova, with 11 points.
The leaders of Sir Safety Conad Perugia were ruthless at home against the eighth Vero Volley Monza, winning in straight sets thanks to 15 points from Cuban Wilfredo León and a real great performance of the libero Massimo Colaci, MVP of the matc. There were no double-digit players in Monza, despite an incredible first set ended 31:29.
— Itas Trentino – Kioene Padova 3-0 (25:21, 25:20, 25:23)
Itas Trentino: Giannelli 5, Kovacevic 13, Candellaro 6, Vettori 10, Russell 11, Codarin 4, De Angelis (L), Grebennikov (L), Van Garderen 0, Nelli 0, Lisinac 0. N.E. Daldello, Cavuto. Coach. Lorenzetti.
Kioene Padova: Travica 2, Louati 8, Polo 6, Torres 10, Barnes 11, Volpato 4, Bassanello (L), Danani La Fuente (L), Cottarelli 0, Premovic 2. N.E. Lazzaretto, Sperandio, Cirovic. Coach. Baldovin.
MVP: Kovacevic. —
—Sir Safety Conad Perugia – Vero Volley Monza 3-0 (31:29, 25:16, 25:11)
Sir Safety Conad Perugia: De Cecco 4, Lanza 8, Podrascanin 7, Atanasijevic 13, Leon Venero 15, Ricci 8, Della Lunga (L), Seif 1, Colaci (L), Hoag 0, Berger 0, Galassi 0, Hoogendoorn 0, Piccinelli 0. N.E. Coach. Bernardi.
Vero Volley Monza: Orduna 1, Plotnytskyi 6, Beretta 2, Buchegger 7, Dzavoronok 8, Yosifov 5, Arasomwan (L), Giannotti 0, Rizzo (L), Galliani 0, Botto 0, Ghafour 1, Buti 2. N.E. Calligaro. Coach. Soli.
MVP: Colaci. —
Azimut Leo Shoes Modena (4) – Revivre Axopower Milano (5) 3-0 (25:20, 25:14, 27:25)
Game 2 Programm:
Revivre Axopower Milano – Azimut Leo Shoes Modena
Kioene Padova – Itas Trentino
Vero Volley Monza – Sir Safety Conad Perugia
Calzedonia Verona – Cucine Lube Civitanova
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