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Italian Cup: Milano knock out Lube! Final Four lineup defined

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Allianz Milano surprisingly eliminated Cucine Lube Civitanova in the quarterfinals of the 2022/23 Del Monte Coppa Italia, Italian Volleyball Cup, and the Final Four lineup got defined.

After Itas Trentino eliminated Valsa Group Modena in the big match yesterday, it was time to learn the names of the remaining three participants of the Final Four, which will be held in Rome on the weekend of February 25/26.
Allianz Milano signed an authentic upset, conquering the Eurosuole Forum and eliminating Cucine Lube Civitanova for second year in a row! The Roberto Piazza’s guys prevailed by 1-3 (25:18, 21:25, 18:25, 21:25), recovering after a disappointing first set and detaching the ticket for the semifinals against all odds.
Milano, who had been struggling a lot in the league in the last few weeks, managed to defeat the Italian champions and give themselves the unexpected match against Trentino. Japanese Yuki Ishikawa highlighted the winning side with 21 points and MVP award, while Cuban Osniel Mergarejo served 4 aces and scored 18 points. Ivan Zaytsev and Bulgarian Aleksandar Nikolov scored 14 points each for Lube.

Sir Safety Susa Perugia, the holder of the trophy, easily confirmed the prediction by eliminating Top Volley Cisterna with a dry 3-0 (25:18, 25:18, 25:23) confirming their season’s unbeaten run and gaining their 24th victory in a row.
All numbers in favor of the hosts, above all in reception (50% positive vs. only 29%), and in attack (49% efficiency vs. 36%). MVP of the match Perugia’s captain Wilfredo Leon, who ended the game with 11 points and 3 amazing aces. Double digit also for Rychlicki with 10 points, 7 each for Semeniuk, Flavio and Russo (with 3 winning blocks), 6 also for setter Giannellu. Great performance also for libero Colaci, who closed the game with 70% in reception.

Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza almost collapsed, but eventually defeated WithU Verona 2-3 (19:25, 33:31, 22:25, 25:21, 8:15) in the absence of the injured Yoandy Leal and Ricardo Lucarelli.
After first set, Piacenza fall in the never ending second, ended 33-31, and recover the disadvantage at the start of third. In fourth set it was Verona to lead the game, but in the decisive tie break, the visiting team confirmed the role as favorite, with an amazing performance of recovered Simon, who ended the game with 24 points, 69% in attack, 3 winning blocks and 3 aces. Excellent also Brizard, despite the decisive error in the final of second set.

Semifinals (February 25, 2022)
• 18.00 (Local Time) | Sir Safety Susa Perugia – Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza
• 21.00 (Local Time) | Allianz Milano – Itas Trentino

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🏐| Del Monte Coppa Italia 2022/23 | QUARTERFINALS

| Wednesday December 28, 2022
• 20.30 (Local Time) | Valsa Group Modena – Itas Trentino 1-3 (25:17, 26:28, 22:25, 20:25)
| PHOTOGALLERY OF THE MATCH

| Thursday December 29, 2022

• 20.30 (Local Time) | Cucine Lube Civitanova – Allianz Milano 1-3 (25:18, 21:25, 18:25, 21:25)
Cucine Lube Civitanova: De Cecco 0, Bottolo 11, Anzani 2, Zaytsev 14, Nikolov 14, Chinenyeze 10, Balaso (L), D’Amico (L), Yant Herrera 3, Garcia Fernandez 0, Sottile 0, Diamantini 0. N.E. Ambrose, Gottardo. Coach. Blengini.
Allianz Milano: Porro 3, Ishikawa 21, Loser 3, Patry 15, Mergarejo Hernandez 18, Vitelli 1, Colombo (L), Piano 9, Bonacchi 0, Pesaresi (L), Lawrence 1, Ebadipour 2. N.E. Fusaro. Coach. Piazza.

• 20.30 (Local Time) | WithU Verona – Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza 2-3 (19:25, 33:31, 22:25, 25:21, 8:15)
WithU Verona: Spirito 0, Keita 11, Grozdanov 1, Sapozhkov 28, Mozic 21, Cortesia 4, Gaggini (L), Vieira De Oliveira 0, Perrin 1, Magalini 0, Mosca 5. N.E. Bonisoli, Zanotti, Jensen. Coach. Stoytchev.
Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza: Brizard 9, Recine 6, Simon 24, Romanò 23, Basic 12, Alonso 4, Scanferla (L), Caneschi 4, Gironi 2, De Weijer 0. N.E. Hoffer, Cester, Leal. Coach. Bernardi.

• 20.30 (Local Time) | Sir Safety Susa Perugia – Top Volley Cisterna 3-0 (25:18, 25:18, 25:23)
Sir Safety Susa Perugia: Giannelli 6, Semeniuk 7, Resende Gualberto 7, Rychlicki 10, Leon Venero 11, Russo 7, Colaci (L), Plotnytskyi 0, Cardenas Morales 0. N.E. Piccinelli, Herrera Jaime, Solé, Ropret, Mengozzi. Coach. Anastasi.
Top Volley Cisterna: Baranowicz 2, Gutierrez 1, Zingel 10, Dirlic 7, Sedlacek 2, Rossi 4, Staforini (L), Mattei 0, Catania (L), Kaliberda 6, Bayram 6, Martinez 0. N.E. Lostritto, Zanni. Coach. Soli.

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