Cuneo stops Treviso’s winning streak at 9. Verona creates a gap between top 8 and Perugia, which is 5 points from the playoff zone.
ITAS DIATEC TRENTINO – LUBE BANCA MARCHE MACERATA 3:1
It has not been easy in the second and fourth set for Trento but in the end it came away with a 3-1 win, bouncing back straight away following its Champions League disappointment in Moscow. Junatorena was the man of the match again as Trento goes 9 points clear at the top thanks to Cuneo’s win in Treviso.
Radostin Stoytchev (Itas Diatec Trentino): “I’m obviously very happy with the result, this allows us to extend our advantage at the top despite the fact that we haven’t got much time to train right now with all the games we are facing. The team showed great character today, Macerata played well and made very few unforced errors”.
SISLEY TREVISO – BRE BANCA LANNUTTI CUNEO 1:3
Treviso was defeated at home by Cuneo, which moves above Treviso into second place. This put an end to Treviso’s 9 game winning streak.
Alberto Giuliani (Bre Banca Lannutti Cuneo) "Positive performance, apart from the first set, in which we did not have the worst of start, though. Our attack was not flowing and Treviso systematically punished us. These are three crucial points, this will give us confidence after a tough period, in which we trained very little and had a few injuries, like Wijmans and Nikolov. This week has not been easy either, but the boys did well on court. We definitely don’t look at the cup game, this encounter has nothing to do with any other one”.
COPRATLANTIDE PIACENZA – TONNO CALLIPO VIBO VALENTIA 3:0
Piacenza recovers well after its Champions League defeat, by sweeping Vibo thanks mainly to some good serving. Oivanen was named MVP, but the whole team played well.
ESSE-TI CARILO LORETO – ACQUA PARADISO MONZA 3:2
Loreto won its first game after two months of drought. Van Dijk was back in the starting line up as Moretti’s team gathered two crucial points. Led by an unstoppable Gavotto, Monza made a good comeback in the last set but could not pass the finishing line.
MARMI LANZA VERONA – RPA-LUIGIBACCHI.IT PERUGIA 3:0
Standing ovation in the Pala Olimpia as Kromm scored the winning points. Composed in the crunch time, Verona swept a big rival for a playoff spot in Perugia.
Massimo Colaci (Marmi Lanza Verona): “Satisfied with the result, this was a fundamental game for us. We wanted the three points, this is what we have to do to get to the playoffs, win the games against the other teams aiming to make it to the top eight and win our home games. There are still many games to be played but we are in it and tonight we showed how much we want to reach our target”.
PRISMA TARANTO – ARAN CUCINE ABRUZZO PINETO 3:1
Cleber took over Rivaldo and registered the numbers of an outside hitter with 29 points (64% in attack, 4 blocks and 1 ace). Taranto ran the risk of extending the game to the fifth set, though.
ANDREOLI LATINA – YOGA FORLI 3:2
The big clash between two teams fighting to stay up went to Latina. Over two hours of entertaining action ended in a tie-break. Latina dominated Forli in the sets it won but could not seal it before the decisive set and had to share the points. These are important points for both teams and next week some massive encounters are coming up: Pineto versus Latina and Forli versus Loreto.