Sir Safety Conad Perugia fully redeemed for the bad start of the 2020/21 Italian Superlega Credem Banca playoffs and secured a place in the semifinals.
The top-seed showed their full strength in Game 3 of the quarterfinals against no.8 Allianz Milano. After losing Game 1 and suffering in Game 2, the team coached by Vital Heynen beat rivals in a decider with great authority: 3-0 (25:14, 25:23, 25:22).
The Dutchman Thijs Ter Horst, also deservedly named MVP of the match top-scored the winning side with 19 points, including 4 aces and 2 winning blocks, while Milano struggled a lot in attack, especially in first set, ended with only 17% in this fundamental. Only Urnaut reached a double digit performance, with 14 points.
In the semifinals, Perugia will face the 4th-seed Vero Volley Monza, who yesterday celebrated a historic qualification for semifinal by beating Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia in five sets.
| Play Off SuperLega Credem Banca
| Quarterfinals Game 3
| March 21, 2021
• Sir Safety Conad Perugia – Allianz Milano 3-0 (25:14, 25:23, 25:22)
Sir Safety Conad Perugia: Travica 0, Leon Venero 12, Ricci 9, Ter Horst 19, Plotnytskyi 9, Solé 9, Biglino (L), Vernon-Evans 0, Colaci (L), Zimmermann 0, Piccinelli 0. N.E. Atanasijevic, Russo, Muzaj. Coach. Heynen.
Allianz Milano: Sbertoli 0, Ishikawa 8, Kozamernik 2, Patry 7, Urnaut 14, Piano 7, Staforini (L), Pesaresi (L), Maar 0, Basic 1, Mosca 1. N.E. Weber, Meschiari, Daldello. Coach. Piazza.
| Semifinals Game 1 | March 27, 2021
• Sir Safety Conad Perugia-Vero Volley Monza
| March 28
• Cucine Lube Civitanova-Itas Trentino