In a home match Cuneo won over Trentino, having lost only one set. In Latina, the local team gained two points, having beaten the current Italian Champions in tie-break.

After the fifth return round on top of the classification desolate Lube Banca Macerata. The defeat against Latina gave the champions one point and this is the advantage they have now over Trentino in the standings. In the classic duel in Cuneo, the locals with Tsvetan Sokolov ahead, claimed a victory over the team coached by Radostin Stoytchev 3-1. After a bitter defeat and elimination in Champions League, Trento seemed unable to manage some difficult situations appeared on court. A tied duel in stats: block 10 (Cuneo) – 11 (Trento), attack 44% – 51%, reception 49%(19%) – 49%(25%), serve 9 – 2. The most efficient player was the ex-player of Trento, Tsvetan Sokolov with 17 points (1 ace, 4 blocks and 60% in attack)

Libero of Trento, Andrea Bari, said: “Playing against a team as strong as Cuneo, you have to be in a 100% shape to have hope to bring a result home. We were not able to be like this, maybe subconsciously we had in our heads the last week’s defeat in golden set in Champions League”.


All results

CMC Ravenna – Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia 0-3 (24-26, 16-25, 19-25)
Andreoli Latina – Cucine Lube Banca Marche Macerata 3-2 (25-23, 22-25, 25-16, 20-25, 15-13)
Bre Banca Lannutti Cuneo – Itas Diatec Trentino 3-1 (25-20, 16-25, 25-21, 25-22)
Casa Modena – Copra Elior Piacenza 1-3 (25-12, 15-25, 22-25, 20-25)
BCC-NEP Castellana Grotte – Marmi Lanza Verona 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 28-26)
Altotevere San Giustino – Sir Safety Perugia 3-2 (22-25, 26-24, 28-26, 19-25, 15-13)

MVPs of the 5th return round
Jakub Jarosz (Latina – Macerata)
Nikola Grbic (Cuneo – Trento)
Manuel Coscione (Ravenna – Vibo Valentia)
Simon Robertlandy (Modena – Piacenza)
Alessandro Paparoni (Castellana Grotte – Verona)
Goran Maric (San Giustino – Perugia)


Standings

1. Cucine Lube Banca Marche Macerata 38
2. Itas Diatec Trentino 37
3. Copra Elior Piacenza 34
4. Bre Banca Lannutti Cuneo 32
5. Casa Modena 27
6. Sir Safety Perugia 27
7. Andreoli Latina 25
8. Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia 23
9. BCC-NEP Castellana Grotte 17
10. Altotevere San Giutino 13
11. Marmi Lanza Verona 8
12. CMC Ravenna 7.