Italian SuperCup: Trentino down Lube, Perugia sweep Modena
Men’s volleyball season in Italy immediately started with a bomb!
After six months, Itas Trentino returned to their home court for an official match. And what a match: they were able to overcome Cucine Lube Civitanova’s initiative (1-0 and 2-1 in sets) in the first leg of the 2020 Italian Super Cup semifinal. 3-2 is the result, partially 21:25, 25:19, 16:25, 25:21, 15:9, in a match which was held in front of 826 spectators. However, Trentino made only a promising first step towards the 2020 Del Monte® Supercoppa final given that Lube will have the chance to turn things into their favor in the rematch at home, in one week.
The Dutch opposite Nimir Abdel-Aziz scored 23 points (4 aces and 4 winning blocks) for the winning side but only with 38% attack, while Dick Kooy served 4 aces and was on a high level in defense (77 % reception; 35 % perfect). Cuban-Brazilian outside hitter Yoandy Leal scored 19 points for Lube, while Cuban middle blocker Robertlandy Simón made 4 winning blocks.
Itas Trentino – Cucine Lube Civitanova 3-2 (21:25, 25:19, 16:25, 25:21, 15:9)
Itas Trentino: Giannelli 4, Michieletto 9, Podrascanin 9, Abdel-Aziz 23, Kooy 18, Cortesia 8, Bonatesta (L), Rossini (L), Sperotto 1, Argenta 0, Sosa Sierra 0, De Angelis 0. N.E. Acuti, Santos De Souza. Coach. Lorenzetti.
Cucine Lube Civitanova: De Cecco 0, Juantorena 15, Anzani 9, Rychlicki 10, Leal 19, Simon 12, Marchisio (L), Balaso (L), Hadrava 4, Kovar 1, Diamantini 1, Yant Herrera 0. N.E. Larizza, Falaschi. Coach. De Giorgi.
As for the other semifinal, Sir Safety Conad Perugia overwhelmed Leo Shoes Modena in straight sets.
Cuban-Polish outside hitter Wilfredo León top-scored for the winning side with 16 points, while Argentinean middle blocker Sebastián Solé set up 5 winning blocks. German outside hitter Moritz Karlitzek was the top scorer for Modena with 15 points.
Sir Safety Conad Perugia – Leo Shoes Modena 3-0 (26:24, 25:23, 25:20)
Sir Safety Conad Perugia: Travica 2, Leon Venero 16, Ricci 5, Vernon-Evans 7, Plotnytskyi 10, Solé 12, Russo (L), Ter Horst 2, Colaci (L), Zimmermann 0, Piccinelli 0. N.E. Atanasijevic, Biglino, Sossenheimer. Coach. Heynen.
Leo Shoes Modena: Christenson 2, Lavia 11, Stankovic 11, Karlitzek 15, Petric 3, Mazzone 1, Sanguinetti (L), Grebennikov (L), Vettori 1, Porro 1, Estrada Mazorra 1, Bossi 3. N.E. Rinaldi, Iannelli. Coach. Giani.
Source and photos: Legavolley