Two more rounds of regular championship has to be played in italian volleyball Serie A1. Padova is leaving Serie A1. Trento lost with Perugia and Macerata is on the top.
In the 11th round return games, Macerata took advantage of Trentino´s home loss against Perugia to go back on top of the league. The Italian champs played the game with an unprecedented starting six, and with many important players left out to rest for the return game of the Champions League quarter final. Against one of the most in-form teams like Perugia, the defeat was the price to pay. Stokr shined once more with 25 points.
Following its convincing win against the European Champions, Kazan, Macerata kept at it with another sweep, this time against Modena. This allows De giorgi?s team to save physical and mental energy before the return European leg.
A tie-break was necessary to divide Treviso and Montichiari. In the end, the guests had the better thanks to a near-perfect attack with Cisolla and Fei over the 70%. It´s still one more point for the playoffs, but it is certainly not reassuring given that Vibo Valentia won 3-0 against Forli.
Martina Franca secured their place in the A1 next year, as it expressed its full potential against Piacenza, who never got in the game mainly because of an inconsistent attack. Padova is still mathematically in with a chance to stay up. They defeated Cuneo 3-1 in what represents the big upset of the day. It is probably too little too late but they reacted with pride and kept their hopes to stay up alive a little longer, at least until Monday night, when Pineto hosts Verona.
Last duel of 24th round was game between Pineto and Verona. Pineto is fighting to stay up while Verona is trying to qualify for the playoffs. These factors led to a tense beginning of match, with a few too many mistakes on the serve from both parts. Pineto took a 2-0 lead before Verona got back in it with pride. However, Pineto managed to create the upset in style in a thrilling fourth set won 25-23. Rivaldo stood out once again for Montagnani´s team, who is not safe yet but this win did hand in a final judgement: Padova consequently goes down after 25 years spent in elite…