Only three matches of Italian Superlega CredemBanca regular season Round 14 or, if you prefer, Round 1 of second leg, were played today.
The evening match between Leo Shoes PerkinElmer Modena and Vero Volley Monza was postponed half an hour before the kick-off due to several athletes (8!!!) of the home team testing positive for the rapid test.
In the opener of this December 26, Boxing Day, stronger than injuries and an almost unprecedented sextet, Lube Civitanova have recorded the 10th victory by defeating in straight sets (25:20, 25:17, 25:20) a Kioene Padova which commits too many errors, and which suffers the second consecutive 3-0 after the one a week ago, at home against the super favorite Modena. Coach Blengini does not have many alternatives due to the heavy absences of Juantorena and Lucarelli, and Kovar not at his best, and so he puts on the field the recovered Ivan Zaytsev as outside-hitter (a good choice, as he closes the match with 56% efficiency in attack, and 54% positive in reception!). Good also Cuban Yant, and middle blocker Anzani, both with 6/7 in attack, but the real impressive result is the 62% in attack of the whole team with 0 (yes, ZERO) errors.
Padova, on the other hand, erring too much, with 21 errors in serving and only 2 aces, just to name a few.
Gabi Fernandez ended the game in Lube’s jersey with 12 points, while Zaytsev and Herrera contributed with 10 points each. The top scorer of the game is coming from Padova, Mattia Bottolo, with 13 points.
Comeback victory and three others points in the charts for Sir Safety Conad Perugia, which defeats a very combative Top Volley Cisterna in 4 sets (25:27, 25:19, 25:10, 25:19) to reach a 12-1 score. They therefore remain firmly to the top Perugia, who lost the first set and started at a disadvantage (6-4) also in the second. Then a turn from the service line by Plotnytskyi is the click that fires the engine of Nikola Grbic’s side, starting to score points in serving (10 aces at the end), as well as in break phase (8 total winning blocks) and in attack (55% of team performance). For Cisterna, lack in efficiency: Dirlic 15 points, 47% with 3 errors and 3 blocks suffered, and 13 by Raffaelli with 40%, 12/30 but also 2 errors and 2 blocked.
MVP of the match is a super Leon, author of 28 points with 4 aces, 2 winning blocks and 65% in attack. Double digit also for Plotnytskyi, with 17 points and 3 aces, Ter Horst, 11 points, and Solè with 10 points and 3 winning blocks.
For Perugia there was also the return of Rychlicki, finally negative, and he followed his team from the sidelines. Next week he will finally be available again.
Close the picture a very good Verona Volley who, after defeating at tie break Gas Sales Piacenza a couple of days ago, stun also Itas Trentino celebrating a victory in Adige’s derby with the same result. Partially 13:25, 29:31, 25:20, 25:10 and 15-12.
On 11-20 of the first set, Trento’s setter Sbertoli blocks Jensen but gets an injury to the little finger of the right hand, and he is forced to leave the field, replaced by Sperotto. Slovenian bomber Rok Mozic with 20 points was once again the top scorer for Verona, followed by Kyed Jensen, who tallied 18.
🏐| SUPERLEGA CREDEMBANCA 2021/22| 1ª Giornata Ritorno – Round 14
Day off: Allianz Milano
| Sunday, December 26 2021
• Cucine Lube Civitanova – Kioene Padova 3-0 (25:20, 25:17, 25:20)
Cucine Lube Civitanova: De Cecco 2, Yant Herrera 10, Anzani 7, Garcia Fernandez 12, Zaytsev 10, Simon 6, Balaso (L), Marchisio (L), Diamantini 1, Sottile 0. N.E. Kovar, Jeroncic, Penna. Coach. Blengini.
Kioene Padova: Zimmermann 0, Loeppky 3, Vitelli 5, Weber 11, Bottolo 13, Canella 3, Bassanello (L), Takahashi 0, Gottardo (L), Zoppellari 0, Schiro 0, Petrov 2, Crosato 0, Volpato 2. N.E. Coach. Cuttini.
• Top Volley Cisterna – Sir Safety Conad Perugia 1-3 (27:25, 19:25, 10:25, 19:25)
Top Volley Cisterna: Baranowicz 1, Rinaldi 12, Bossi 3, Dirlic 15, Raffaelli 13, Zingel 4, Picchio (L), Wiltenburg 2, Giani 0, Cavaccini (L), Saadat 2. N.E. Coach. Soli.
Sir Safety Conad Perugia: Giannelli 6, Plotnytskyi 18, Russo 8, Ter Horst 10, Leon Venero 28, Solé 10, Travica 1, Piccinelli (L), Colaci (L), Dardzans 0. N.E. Ricci. Coach. Grbic.
• Verona Volley – Itas Trentino 3-2 (13:25, 29:31, 25:20, 25:10, 15:12)
Verona Volley: Vieira De Oliveira 1, Magalini 14, Aguenier 12, Jensen 18, Mozic 20, Cortesia 12, Donati (L), Bonami (L), Asparuhov 1, Qafarena 0, Zanotti 0. N.E. Nikolic, Wounembaina, Spirito. Coach. Stoytchev.
Itas Trentino: Sbertoli 0, Kaziyski 15, Podrascanin 10, Lavia 17, Michieletto 21, D’Heer 7, De Angelis (L), Sperotto 1, Zenger (L), Cavuto 2, Pinali 4. N.E. Albergati. Coach. Lorenzetti.
| Thursday, January 20 2022
• Tonno Callipo Calabria Vibo Valentia – Gioiella Prisma Taranto
• Consar RCM Ravenna – Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza POSTPONED
• Leo Shoes PerkinElmer Modena – Vero Volley Monza POSTPONED
🏐| STANDINGS (updated on this day)
Sir Safety Conad Perugia 37
Cucine Lube Civitanova 31
Itas Trentino 26
Leo Shoes PerkinElmer Modena 25
Vero Volley Monza 20
Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza 18
Kioene Padova 15
Allianz Milano 15
Verona Volley 13
Top Volley Cisterna 13
Gioiella Prisma Taranto 10
Tonno Callipo Calabria Vibo Valentia 9
Consar RCM Ravenna 2.
🏐| NEXT ROUND – 2ª Giornata Ritorno – Round 15
Dayoff: Leo Shoes PerkinElmer Modena
| Wednesday, December 29 2021
• Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza – Cucine Lube Civitanova
• Itas Trentino – Tonno Callipo Calabria Vibo Valentia
• Sir Safety Conad Perugia – Verona Volley
| Thursday, December 30 2021
• Gioiella Prisma Taranto – Consar RCM Ravenna
• Kioene Padova – Top Volley Cisterna
| Wednesday January 26 2022
• Vero Volley Monza – Allianz Milano