After almost one year and a half without volleyball fans in Italy, and after an advance played on Saturday in which defending champions Lube Civitanova defeated Kioene Padova on the road in straight sets, in first match of the day, favorite Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza opened their 2021/2022 season of SuperLega Credem Banca defeating at home Consar RCM Ravenna by 3-1 (25:17, 25:17, 19:25, 27:25), led by Turkish opposite Lagumdzija, author of 21 points and most prolific player of the match.
Later, also the Arena di Monza opened its doors again to the public, and the hosts Vero Volley faced “Dream Team” Leo Shoes PerkinElmer Modena.
With great expectation from both teams, after their amazing last season’s semifinal run, the hosts entered the court with a renewed young roster lead by the experienced György Grozer in diagonal with setter Santiago Orduna, and also recent European Champion, middle blocker Gianluca Galassi.
On the other side of the net, a super Modena including Tokyo Olympic Champion Earvin Ngapeth and Brazil’s flag bearer Bruno Rezende in a team that, this year is absolutely among the favorites to win the scudetto due to their successful transfer market, including one of the top scorers of last year’s SuperLega, Dutch opposite Nimir Abdel-Aziz, Yoandy Leal, and the Serbian middle blocker Dragan Stanković, who will play with Italian citizenship this season.
The first set started well for Modena, with a tight 26:24 win, and they started the second set leading again, until Monza’s Belarusian youngster Davyskiba turned things around from the service line, to give Monza a 21:17 lead. However, when Bruno went to serve, Modena was able to leveled the score again to 22:22. Nimir then gave Modena the lead with a Monster Block, while Monza reply with another block in return and then two amazing aces by Grozer gave them the victory of the set by 25-23.
In the third set, Monza literally dominated with a fantastic 55% in attack. The score was very close until two monster blocks by Davyskiba, that gave the hosts a 24-22 lead. Modena fought until the end, but the home team took the set 28-26.
Monza took the match under control in most of the 4th set, with the rivals who tried to reach tie break with a good service streak by Leal, but a great team performance and an amazing 100% of attack efficiency (10/10) by middle blocker Aleks Grozdanov, who replaced the captain of the team Thomas Beretta after the second set, gave the home team the first great upset of this new season, with a final score of 3-1 in their favor!
The German superstar Grozer scored 21 points including 4 aces for the winners, while the Czech Džavoronok also contribited with 15 points and 4 aces as well.
On the other matches of the day, also Sir Safety Conad Perugia emerged victorious at their debut this season. It was a convincing success for the team commanded by Serbian expert Nikola Grbić against modest Top Volley Cisterna, on their home court. 3-0 is the final score, partially 25:22, 25:18, 25:23. Cuban-Polish Wilfredo León was the top scorer for the winners with 12 points.
Closed the day a four sets win of
Tonno Callipo Calabria Vibo Valentia
(19:25, 17:25, 25:22, 20:25) over newcomers Gioiella Prisma Taranto, led by trio Douglas-Nishida-Borges.
| 1a giornata di andata SuperLega Credem Banca – Round 1 First Leg
| October 9, 2021
• Kioene Padova – Cucine Lube Civitanova 0-3 (21:25; 20:25; 19:25)
👉🏼 October 10
• Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza – Consar RCM Ravenna 3-1 (25:17, 25:17, 19:25, 27:25)
Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza: Brizard 5, Rossard 15, Cester 5, Lagumdzija 21, Recine 12, Holt 10, Catania (L), Scanferla (L), Antonov 0, Stern 0. N.E. Tondo, Caneschi, Pujol, Russell. Coach. Bernardi.
Consar RCM Ravenna: Biernat 0, Ulrich 6, Fusaro 5, Klapwijk 15, Vukasinovic 11, Erati 6, Pirazzoli (L), Peslac 0, Goi (L), Dimitrov 2, Orioli 0, Ljaftov 10. N.E. Candeli. Coach. Zanini.
• Vero Volley Monza – Leo Shoes PerkinElmer Modena 3-1 (24:26, 25:23, 28:26, 25:20)
Vero Volley Monza: Orduna 1, Davyskiba 14, Beretta 2, Grozer 21, Dzavoronok 15, Galassi 11, Federici (L), Mitrasinovic 0, Karyagin 0, Grozdanov 12, Gaggini (L), Calligaro 0. N.E. Comparoni, Galliani. Coach. Eccheli.
Leo Shoes PerkinElmer Modena: Mossa De Rezende 3, Ngapeth E. 10, Stankovic 12, Abdel-Aziz 16, Leal 13, Mazzone 8, Gollini (L), Van Garderen 0, Rossini (L). N.E. Ngapeth S., Sala, Sanguinetti. Coach. Giani.
• Sir Safety Conad Perugia – Top Volley Cisterna 3-0 (25:22, 25:18, 25:23)
Sir Safety Conad Perugia: Giannelli 3, Anderson 10, Mengozzi 8, Rychlicki 11, Leon Venero 12, Solé 9, Piccinelli (L), Travica 0, Colaci (L), Plotnytskyi 2, Ter Horst 1, Ricci 0. N.E. Dardzans, Russo. Coach. Grbic.
Top Volley Cisterna: Baranowicz 1, Maar 11, Zingel 6, Szwarc 17, Rinaldi 3, Bossi 4, Picchio (L), Cavaccini (L), Krick 0, Raffaelli 5. N.E. Giani. Coach. Soli.
• Gioiella Prisma Taranto – Tonno Callipo Calabria Vibo Valentia 1-3 (19:25, 17:25, 25:22, 20:25)
Gioiella Prisma Taranto: Falaschi 0, De Barros Ferreira 11, Di Martino 5, Sabbi 3, Randazzo 8, Alletti 5, Laurenzano (L), Pochini (L), Palonsky 7, Stefani 19, Gironi 0. N.E. Pellegrino, Freimanis. Coach. Di Pinto.
Tonno Callipo Calabria Vibo Valentia: Saitta 1, Borges Almeida Silva 14, Resende Gualberto 7, Nishida 16, Correia De Souza 20, Candellaro 3, Rizzo (L), Basic 2, Gargiulo 1. N.E. Bisi, Partenio, Nicotra. Coach. Baldovin.
| October, 12
• Itas Trentino – Verona Volley 3-0 (25:16, 29:27, 25:23)
| STANDINGS (updated on this day)
Cucine Lube Civitanova 3
Sir Safety Conad Perugia 3
Tonno Callipo Calabria Vibo Valentia 3
Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza 3
Vero Volley Monza 3
Allianz Milano 0
Itas Trentino 0
Verona Volley 0
Leo Shoes PerkinElmer Modena 0
Consar RCM Ravenna 0
Gioiella Prisma Taranto 0
Top Volley Cisterna 0
Kioene Padova 0.
| NEXT ROUND
| 2a giornata SuperLega Credem Banca – Round 2 First Leg
| Saturday, October 16 2021
• 18.00 Consar RCM Ravenna – Gioiella Prisma Taranto
• 20.30 Top Volley Cisterna – Kioene Padova
| Sunday, October 17
• 15.30 Cucine Lube Civitanova – Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza
• 18.00 Verona Volley – Sir Safety Conad Perugia
• 18.00 Allianz Milano – Vero Volley Monza
• 20.30 Tonno Callipo Calabria Vibo Valentia – Itas Trentino