Only two matches for an Italian Superlega CredemBanca Round 17 (or, if you prefer, Round 4 of second leg) decimated from COVID-19 were played this weekend.
In the afternoon, third victory in a row for Powervolley Milano: after the successes against Taranto and Piacenza, also Tonno Callipo Calabria Vibo Valentia with a clear 3-0, in front of a copious Japanese audience.
In fact, the Japanese Association of Northern Italy was present at the match to admire their stars, Yuki Ishikawa on one side on the net, and Yuji Nishida on the other.
The first set was balanced up to 15-15, then Milan turns on the turbo and, with a couple of winning blocks by Chinenyeze and Ishikawa and some errors by Vibo Valentia, take the 20-15, and an error of Nelli from the service line gives the 25-18 to the hosts.
In the second set, everything is still easy for a Milano that plays without making particular errors and, despite the time out called by Baldovin at 11-8, the situation does not change and Milano reaches +7, with an ace from Chinenyeze that worth the 16-9. 25-19 is the final score, with an attack from Ishikawa from the second line.
In the last set the music does not change, and Milano dominates the match from the first exchanges: a block of Piano over Fromm is worth 7-4, as well as the first time out for the rivals.
Upon returning to the field, the gap between the two teams increases even more: an attack by Romanò (25-13), who entered the last exchanges in place of Patry, closes the story.
At the end of the match, Jaeschke is the best among the bests, and that’s why also Milano played a really good match: for him 16 points, 67% in attack and excellent numbers also in reception, with over 70% positive. Very good also the middleblockers, Piano and Chinenyeze, with 4 winning blocks each.
Not by chance, numbers are all in favor of the winners: 4 aces vs 0, 10 winning blocks vs. 2, 56% in attack vs. 42%, 69% positive reception and 54% perfect, vs. 41% and only 22% for Vibo Valentia.
Moreover, for the guest, no players ended the match in double digit, with Nelli and Basic top scorers, with only 7 points each!
In the other match, Leo Shoes PerkinElmer Modena won at tie break on the field of Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza (22:25, 18:25, 25:18, 25:23, 13:15).
For the 10th consecutive time, Modena finished the game better than their rivals.
It was a match full of twists and turns in which Andrea Giani’s guys dominated in the first two sets, then the proud players of Lorenzo Bernardi reassembled in the third and fourth, but hadn’t been able to close the comeback.
The 2 important points for the vice leaders Modena followed their 10th consecutive win in the league (the 13th consecutive win overall) in which the Dutchman Nimir Abdel-Aziz scored 24 points including 5 aces!
🏐| Superlega CredemBanca 2021/22 | 4ª Giornata Ritorno – Round 17
Dayoff: Top Volley Cisterna
👉🏼 Sunday, January 9 2022
• Allianz Milano – Tonno Callipo Calabria Vibo Valentia 3-0 (25:18, 25:19, 25:13)
| PHOTOGALLERY OF THE MATCH
Allianz Milano: Porro 0, Ishikawa 10, Chinenyeze 12, Patry 8, Jaeschke 16, Piano 7, Staforini (L), Pesaresi (L), Romanò 1, Daldello 0. N.E. Mosca, Maiocchi, Djokic. Coach. Piazza.
Tonno Callipo Calabria Vibo Valentia: Saitta 1, Borges Almeida Silva 5, Gargiulo 4, Nelli 7, Basic 7, Resende Gualberto 6, Russo (L), Rizzo (L), Nicotra 0, Fromm 3, Candellaro 1. N.E. Partenio, Nishida. Coach. Baldovin.
• Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza – Leo Shoes PerkinElmer Modena 2-3 (22:25, 18:25, 25:18, 25:23, 13:15)
Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza: Brizard 3, Recine 12, Caneschi 11, Lagumdzija 10, Russell 3, Holt 5, Catania (L), Scanferla (L), Rossard 9, Antonov 1, Stern 21, Cester 2. N.E. Tondo, Pujol. Coach. Bernardi.
Leo Shoes PerkinElmer Modena: Mossa De Rezende 1, Ngapeth E. 18, Mazzone 8, Abdel-Aziz 24, Leal 18, Stankovic 8, Gollini (L), Sanguinetti 0, Sala 1, Rossini (L), Van Garderen 1, Salsi 0. N.E. Ngapeth S.. Coach. Giani.
Vero Volley Monza – Consar RCM Ravenna POSTPONED
Sir Safety Conad Perugia – Gioiella Prisma Taranto POSTPONED
Kioene Padova – Itas Trentino POSTPONED
Verona Volley – Cucine Lube Civitanova POSTPONED
🏐| STANDINGS (updated on this day)
Sir Safety Conad Perugia 41
Leo Shoes PerkinElmer Modena 33
Cucine Lube Civitanova 31
Itas Trentino 31
Allianz Milano 23
Vero Volley Monza 22
Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza 22
Kioene Padova 17
Top Volley Cisterna 14
Verona Volley 13
Gioiella Prisma Taranto 12
Tonno Callipo Calabria Vibo Valentia 9
Consar RCM Ravenna 2.
🏐| NEXT ROUND | 5ª Giornata Ritorno – Round 18
Dayoff: Kioene Padova
| Sunday, January 2 2022
• Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza – Vero Volley Monza 3-0 (25:23, 25:17, 34:32)
• Itas Trentino – Sir Safety Conad Perugia 3-2 (25:21, 21:25, 26:24, 22:25, 15:11)
| Sunday, January 16 2022
18.00 Gioiella Prisma Taranto – Verona Volley
18.00 Tonno Callipo Calabria Vibo Valentia – Top Volley Cisterna
• Cucine Lube Civitanova – Allianz Milano POSTPONED
• Leo Shoes PerkinElmer Modena – Consar RCM Ravenna POSTPONED