Gaspari’s team goes down in the first set and then comes back. After Covid, the Turinese return with a clear victory
After the three games played yesterday, three more today. Novara-Conegliano was skipped due to some positivity.
Monza-Bergamo (21-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-19)
Ninth consecutive championship victory for Monza, which overcomes a good Bergamo 3-1. Mvp is Orro, who sends the sextet in double digits, but the Brianza dominates on the block (16-3) and on serve (6 aces). For the guests a super performance by Khalia Lanier, 22 points and constant thorn in the side of the home defense, while for the rosazzurre the top scorer is Van Hecke with 18 points Gaspari starts with Orro-Van Hecke diagonally, Davyskiba-Gennari crushers, Danesi -Candi in the center, free Parish (and the newly acquired Rettke on the bench with Mihajlovic sacrificed for the number of foreigners on the scoresheet). Giangrossi responds with Di Iulio in the opposite direction Lanier (with reception duties), Cagnin and May in the band, Butigan and Schoelzel in the middle with Faraone free. At the Arena (proceeds donated to the PieSse Association, a non-profit organization of social solidarity in the medical field) Bergamo is more ready to start and Giangrossi’s team runs away with Lanier starting well (3 attacks for her in the initial 3-9), finding later the contribution of Cagnin and May. Monza at the beginning is only Van Hecke and when Gennari also enters the match with 3 consecutive points they draw to 12. Teams arm in arm, then from 17-16 blackout of Brianza and Lanier takes advantage of it (17-20). Monza (with Lazovic, Stysiak and Boldini) tries in the final, but May with 3 points almost in a row signs the final 21-25. Monza restarts with the formation at the start of the race, but is more incisive also because Davyskiba digs the furrow with 4 consecutive points (8-6) becomes 12-9 with 3 walls in a row. Lanier is still excellent, but more alone with Cagnin and May with a measly 6 out of 20 in attack. Monza continues to push and draws with Van Hecke’s ace. Monza also opens the third well (4-1), but Bergamo with the usual Lanier remains in contact. Ogoms replaces Butigan and changes something in the wall. From 15 equal break of the premises (18-15) with 2 guest errors and a point by Lazovic (inside for Davyskiba). With Loda on the pitch for Bergamo the situation does not change and Monza closes 25-20. Fourth set along the lines of the previous ones, with Monza excellent at the start, Bergamo clings to Lanier. The guests struggle, but take turns with Loda and May to equalize with 13. The answer comes with Gennari (3 points on 18-15) and Monza closes 25-19.
Chieri-Vallefoglia 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-22)
After the long period of stoppage, due to Covid, Reale Mutua Fenera Chieri returns to the field for the first round with a victory, just as it had left the championship and its own field in December: 3-0 over Megabox Ondulati Del Savio Vallefoglia. In the first set Chieri begins by imposing his game, while on the other side a Vallefoglia in diesel mode struggles to find the right sensations. Only in the central part of the partial did the guests touch parity again, thanks also to some changes. The biancoblù of Bregoli close the accounts on 25-19. A start of the second set with reversed parts, this time it is Vallefoglia to impose its game. Chieri, however, manages to recover and bring the partial back to a tie (10-10). Vallefoglia much better against the wall, however, it is more foul on the serve. Both teams revisited for the final part, which sees the hosts impose themselves 25-18, in the sixth set ball. The third is a swing of games and emotions, with a thrilling ending. Chieri builds an advantage of 5 points, then recovered by the opponents who will close the set with higher statistics, both in reception and in attack. But that’s not enough… Reale Mutua is thus capable of gaining an advantage of 7 points, but then of going into blackout. Bregoli is forced to call the time-outs to reorganize his. On the other hand, Kosheleva drags her teammates up to -1, on 22-21. The experience of the people of Chieri is, however, the extra weapon that the home team expresses in the final to be able to conquer the entire stake and ends with a peremptory, and perhaps even a little unfair, 25-22. Captain Perinelli, who enters the game during the first set and then will never come out, regains perfect physical shape, even on the front line, and thus wins the title of MVP (6 points is 50% in attack).
January 23 – 7:31 pm
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