Cucine Lube Civitanova scheduled a duel against Itas Trentino in the playoff semifinals of the 2020/21 Italian Superlega Credem Banca.
The regular season vice-champions commanded by Gianlorenzo Blengini, after prevailing in Game 1 of the playoff quarterfinals, beat 7th-seed Leo Shoes Modena on the road, as well, and eliminated them from the competition.
The reaction of Modena to a defeat in the first match led to the victory in the first set, but from then onwards, the titleholders took the initiative and, despite the heavy absences of starting setter Luciano De Cecco and outside-hitter Yoandy Leal (positive to Covid-19), won in four sets (23:25, 25:21, 25:20, 25:22). Luxembourger Kamil Rychlicki top-scored the winning side with 19 points, while Cuban Robertlandy Simón set up 5 blocks and had 83% attack (10/12).
The path of Lube in the playoffs will continue against the first team who secured a place in the semis, Itas Trentino, who defeats Gas Sales Piacenza in two matches (semifinal series starts on March 28).
| 2020/21 Italian SuperLega Credem Banca playoff quarterfinals – Game 2
| March 17, 2021
• Leo Shoes Modena – Cucine Lube Civitanova 1-3 (25:23, 21:25, 20:25, 22:25)
Leo Shoes Modena: Christenson 3, Lavia 12, Mazzone 7, Vettori 12, Petric 10, Stankovic 3, Iannelli (L), Grebennikov (L), Karlitzek 2, Sanguinetti 6, Bossi 7, Buchegger 1, Porro 0. N.E. Rinaldi. Coach. Giani.
Cucine Lube Civitanova: Falaschi 1, Juantorena 15, Simon 18, Rychlicki 19, Kovar 13, Anzani 5, Marchisio (L), Diamantini 0, Balaso (L), Hadrava 0, Yant Herrera 0, Larizza 0. N.E. Coach. Blengini.
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