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Italy: 32/32! Perugia lose one point but down also Trento! Half comeback of Padova vs. Verona, Piacenza and Modena ok

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After an advance played yesterday and in which Monza won in four sets on the field of Cisterna a very interesting game for playoffs’ qualification, Round 19 of 2022/23 Superlega CredemBanca or, if you prefer, Round 8 of second leg, has been completed today with the only exception of the match between newcomers Emma Villas Aubay Siena and titleholders Cucine Lube Civitanova (postponed due the earthquake that in last days hit the italian city).

The Sunday of italian volleyball started with two advances, in which
Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza, who finally recover Ricardo Lucarelli, down Allianz Milano in front of their home fans by 3-1 (27:25, 25:18, 18:25, 25:19).
After taking first set overtime, and also canceling three set points, the hosts literally dominated the second set and then collapsed in the third. Very good reaction in fourth set, very balanced until 17, and then the decisive break of Piacenza who deservedly won the game
In the day in which Ricardo Lucarelli finally back to the starting six, serving and blocking made the difference for Piacenza. Leal close the game with 70% in attack, Romanò with 62%, Simon was great in blocking, with 4 direct points.

Great show in the other game player in the afternoon: WithU Verona had a 0-2 lead in sets on the field of Pallavolo Padova, a team who is struggling a lot in the relegation battle. However, the hosts react and managed to level the score, surrendering only after a thrilling tie break, ended overtime, just like the decisive fourth set that guaranteed to be worth at least one point. Partially it was 21:25, 22:25, 25:20, 29:27 and, eventually, 17:19.
Among the hosts, Davide Gardini ended the game as top scorer with 20 points (including 4 aces and 2 winning blocks), but it was really a good team performance made with 11 aces and 9 blocks. However, the real Man of the match was Verona’s setter Luca Spirito, not by chance named MVP of the game.

Another team in the middle of very very very interesting battle to avoid relegation is Gioiella Prisma Taranto, involved today on the field of super favorite Valsa Group Modena who, in fact, managed to close the game by 3-1 (25:22, 25:16, 20:25, 25:18). The losing side continue to share the last place together with Siena, who have to recover the game initially scheduled today against titleholders Lube.
Tommaso Rinaldi was named once again MVP of the match for Modena after the great performance in CEV Cup quarterfinals on the field of ACH Volley Ljubljana, but good performance also for Lagumdzija with 16 points to his name, while on the other side of the net other 25 points putting down by Ibrahim Lawani and a good performance of Andreopoulos, on the field of a Loeppky not at his best, who scored 12 points.

32/32 for a Sir Safety Susa Perugia who don’t plan to stop, even though they secured the leadership of the competition several weeks ago.
Today, however, it was a Cuban who help them to avoid first defeat in season, scoring as many as 8 aces in the super big match against third-placed Itas Trentino.
The 32nd consecutive victory for Perugia arrived after a long tie-break, and Trento was the first SuperLega side to bring Perugia to a five-set battle this season, and they did it in front of 4,000 home fans in a sold-out BLM Group Arena.
Partially it was 25:19, 18:25, 22:25, 25:23 and 11:15.
Cuban Jaime Herrera showed a very high levels of the play today scoring 25 points for the winners, including the above mentioned eight aces, while Brazilian Flávio Gualberto also contributed with five blocks.
Alessandro Michieletto was the most prolific player among the hosts with 19 points, Serb Marko Podraščanin had five blocks, while Bulgarian Matey Kaziyski served four aces.

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🏐| 2022/23 SuperLega CredemBanca | 8ª Giornata RitornoRound 8 of Second Leg

| Saturday February 11, 2023
• 18.00 (Local Time) | Top Volley Cisterna – Vero Volley Monza 1-3 (25:20, 23:25, 23:25, 22:25)

👉🏼 Sunday February 12, 2023

• 15.30 (Local Time) | Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza – Allianz Milano 3-1 (27:25, 25:18, 18:25, 25:19)
Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza: Brizard 2, Santos De Souza 10, Simon 11, Romanò 19, Leal 15, Caneschi 4, Scanferla (L), Gironi 0, Basic 3, Cester 0. N.E. Hoffer, Alonso, Recine, De Weijer. Coach. Botti.
Allianz Milano: Porro 3, Ishikawa 15, Loser 6, Patry 15, Mergarejo Hernandez 6, Vitelli 6, Bonacchi 0, Pesaresi (L), Ebadipour 8, Lawrence 1, Fusaro 0. N.E. Colombo. Coach. Piazza.

• 15.30 (Local Time) | Pallavolo Padova – WithU Verona 2-3 (21:25, 22:25, 25:20, 29:27, 17:19)
Pallavolo Padova: Saitta 1, Asparuhov 4, Volpato 5, Petkovic 9, Takahashi 18, Crosato 4, Zenger (L), Zoppellari 1, Desmet 2, Gardini 20, Guzzo 11, Canella 5. N.E. Lelli, Cengia. Coach. Cuttini.
WithU Verona: Spirito 3, Magalini 12, Grozdanov 4, Keita 22, Mozic 20, Cortesia 10, Bonisoli (L), Gaggini (L), Vieira De Oliveira 0, Sapozhkov 10. N.E. Zanotti, Mosca, Jensen, Menazza. Coach. Stoytchev.

• 18.00 (Local Time) | Valsa Group Modena – Gioiella Prisma Taranto 3-1 (25:22, 25:16, 20:25, 25:18)
Valsa Group Modena: Mossa De Rezende 2, Ngapeth 15, Sanguinetti 8, Lagumdzija 16, Rinaldi 15, Stankovic 6, Sala 1, Salsi 0, Rossini (L), Rousseaux 0. N.E. Gollini, Bossi, Krick, Marechal. Coach. Giani.
Gioiella Prisma Taranto: Falaschi 4, Andreopoulos 12, Larizza 5, Lawani 25, Antonov 8, Alletti 1, Pierri (L), Ekstrand 0, Rizzo (L), Gargiulo 0, Cottarelli 0. N.E. Stefani. Coach. Di Pinto.

• 18.30 (Local Time) | Itas Trentino – Sir Safety Susa Perugia 2-3 (25:19, 18:25, 22:25, 25:23, 11:15)
Itas Trentino: Sbertoli 0, Lavia 10, D’Heer 8, Kaziyski 16, Michieletto 19, Podrascanin 14, Pace (L), Nelli 0, Cavuto 0, Dzavoronok 0, Laurenzano (L). N.E. Berger, Depalma. Coach. Lorenzetti.
Sir Safety Susa Perugia: Giannelli 5, Semeniuk 11, Resende Gualberto 13, Herrera Jaime 25, Leon Venero 19, Russo 9, Ropret 0, Colaci (L), Plotnytskyi 0, Cardenas Morales 0. N.E. Piccinelli, Mengozzi, Rychlicki. Coach. Anastasi.

| Saturday February 25, 2023
• 20.00 (Local Time) | Emma Villas Aubay Siena – Cucine Lube Civitanova 0-3 (21:25, 18:25, 23:25)

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🏐| STANDINGS (updated on this day)
1. Sir Safety Susa Perugia 56
2. Valsa Group Modena 38
3. Itas Trentino 36
4. Cucine Lube Civitanova 30
5. Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza 30
6. WithU Verona 29
7. Vero Volley Monza 27
8. Allianz Milano 26
9. Top Volley Cisterna 23
10. Pallavolo Padova 16
11. Emma Villas Aubay Siena 14
12. Gioiella Prisma Taranto 14.

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🏐| NEXT MATCHES | 9ª Giornata RitornoRound 9 of Second Leg

Saturday February 18, 2023
• 18.00 (Local Time) | Gioiella Prisma Taranto – Emma Villas Aubay Siena

Sunday February 19, 2023
• 15.30 (Local Time) | Sir Safety Susa Perugia – Top Volley Cisterna
• 18.00 (Local Time) | WithU Verona – Modena Volley
• 18.00 (Local Time) | Cucine Lube Civitanova – Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza
• 18.00 (Local Time) | Vero Volley Monza – Pallavolo Padova
• 20.30 (Local Time) | Allianz Milano – Itas Trentino

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