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Italy: Piacenza defeat Cisterna in final for 5th place to take a ticket for next Challenge Cup

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Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza defeat Top Volley Cisterna in four sets (25:23, 25:19, 26:28, 25:20) to take their ticket for next edition of CEV Challenge Cup.

It was an almost perfect path for coach Bernardi’s side in this part of competition: 7 victories in as many games, with only 4 sets left to the rivals, including the one tonight. On the other hand, good season also for Top Volley Cisterna who, after reaching salvation, they conquered also playoffs (eight place), to be eliminated by regular season leaders Sir Safety Conad Perugia, and then to reach an excellent second place in Play Off 5th place.

It was a great start for Top Volley, with a winning block from Zingel on Russell that is worth 1-4. But Piacenza react and Holt in attack put down the ball 6-6. Balance with Maar, for the attack of 9-10, while an ace from Brizard marks first lead of the hosts, 14-13. Cisterna find the lead again with another block by Zingel, 18-19, and a great Baranowicz allow an amazing point by
Dirlic, who put down the ball of 20-20. Raffaelli misses the decisive serve, that give first set to Piacenza, 25-23.

Second set and Piacenza start better, with Lagumdzja who put down the ball of 8-6. Lot of errors, on the other hand, for the rivals, and Recine attacks the 14-11. Nothing to do for Cisterna and the lead remains until the end, with Caneschi who close the set 25-19.

Cisterna don’t give up and take the lead in third set with an attack from Raffaelli, 3-5, and then they have also a good 5-10, and then even the 14-19. A lead that remains until the end, and the point or Dirlic is worth 21-24 and three set points. But Piacenza react, canceling all of them, 24-25, but is Maar that put down the decisive ball of 26-28.

Fourth set balanced, 8-8, and MVP Russel put down the ball of 9-8, with a reply from Dirlic, 9-10.
At this point it’s Russell to make the difference, forcing coach Soli to ask for a time out at 16-12. Piacenza is better, with Lagumdzja who put down the ball of 20-15, and Holt the 24-20. Four match balls to take the pass for Europe….
Close set and game an ace by Russell, that is worth 5th place for his Piacenza and their name to the list of 2022/23 CEV Challenge Cup.

Aaron Russell, with 21 points (the same number of opposite Adis Lagumdzija), ended the match as top scorer and was named MVP of the match.

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🏐| Superlega CredemBanca 2021/22 | PLAYOFFS 5th PLACE

Semifinals – Saturday May 7, 20.30
Top Volley Cisterna – Vero Volley Monza 3-1 (15:25, 25:20, 25:22, 26:24)
Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza – Verona Volley 3-1 (25:22, 25:11, 19:25, 25:19)

👉🏼 FINAL | May 13, 2022
• Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza – Top Volley Cisterna 3-1 (25:23, 25:19, 26:28, 25:20)
Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza: Brizard 6, Recine 8, Caneschi 2, Lagumdzija 21, Russell 21, Holt 11, Scanferla (L), Catania (L), Antonov 1, Stern 0, Tondo 0, Cester 1. N.E. Pujol, Rossard. Coach. Bernardi.
Top Volley Cisterna: Baranowicz 0, Maar 13, Zingel 5, Dirlic 14, Raffaelli 11, Bossi 1, Picchio (L), Wiltenburg 5, Cavaccini (L). N.E. Giani. Coach. Soli.

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