Omrcen again MVP
Top six teams of Italian league ranking claimed victories. Piacenza won third set and game due to disqualification of Loreto´s player.
ITAS DIATEC TRENTINO – TONNO CALLIPO VIBO VALENTIA 3:0
The Trento gym remains an impossible place to conquer for Vibo Valentia, which had suffered a never-ending trip up north because of the terrible whether conditions. The team arrived in town only at 5.30pm. It is now seven defeats in as many games in Trento. Vibo did rather well in the first set and a half, although it struggled a bit in attack. Attack which on the other hand worked pretty fine for Trento with Kaziyski and Juantorema as unstoppable as ever. Corsini had an excellent game too and was named MVP. The World Champion will spend a happy Christmas as league leaders.
TRENKWALDER MODENA – MARMI LANZA VERONA 3:1
Modena went back to winning ways after two consecutive losses. The game has been intense and with a good level of play. Prandi had to do without the disqualified Biribanti and with a Casoli not hundred percent fit. Dennis and Diaz were on hand to push Modena in the first two sets, but Verona reacted in the third. Aces, red cards, blocks were all part of the clutch time and the final word eventually went to Dennis in an eventful end of match. The one to hand in the MVP award to Dennis was football world champion Luca Toni.
Silvano Prandi (Trenkwalder Modena): “It’s a crucial win for us: Our big target is to get into the playoffs and these three points are fundamental. As far as the level of play is concerned, we can still improve. Dennis is in great form and we want to get better on other situations”.
PRISMA TARANTO – ANDREOLI LATINA 1:3
Latina had its setter Saitta back (MVP), and took advantage of a Taranto team in crisis. A brilliant Cleber was not enough to shake the guests. It rained blocks from all angles for Latina (18 all together, of which 6 from Spairani and 4 from Saitta).
Leondino Giombini (Andreoli Latina): “It’s been a team effort. We knew the team would have shown its quality sooner or later. Unfortunately, when you face the top teams of this league, you find it hard to find your rhythm. On the other hand, against opponent such as Taranto, we can show a good level of play”.
ESSE-TI CARILO LORETO – COPRATLANTIDE PIACENZA 0:3
Third set won by Piacenza because Loreto’s team was incomplete following Visentin’s disqualification. Piacenza won 3-0 but the Loreto fans will remember this one for a long time. Loreto had won the third set and were back in the game but a series of decisions in favour of the Italian champions meant a 3-0 win was given to Piacenza. The reason? Once the set was finished and won by Loreto, the referees disqualified Visentin because he had been substituted too many times. As a result, the result was frozen at the moment of the substitution (21-22), and a 21-25 win was given to Piacenza while everyone was ready to play a fourth set.
Angelo Lorenzetti (CoprAtlantide Piacenza): "We are not in great form right now and the problems we had today proved it. We managed to build a 2-0 lead, and in the third we did well to come back in it thanks to the contribution from everyone. Visentin’s disqualification ? I don’t know, I haven’t heard what he said and what could have led to such a decision from the ref”.
RPA LUIGIBACCHI.IT PERUGIA – SISLEY TREVISO 0:3
An hour and eleven minutes is all Treviso needed to get rid of Perugia, which started the return games with two consecutive losses. MVP: Gabriele Maruotti.
Gabriele Maruotti (Sisley Treviso): "Not an easy place to go to, it’s tough to get used to this gym. Still, we got off to a good start. We have always had everything under control. At the end of the third set, we relaxed a bit but in the end we took the three points. Horstink did very well, we tried him as opposite just once in training. Hopefully, Fox will be back soon, though.”
ARAN CUCINE ABRUZZO PINETO – LUBE BANCA MARCHE MACERATA 0:3
Pineto ended its 2009 with a 3-0 defeat against Macerata. Pineto struggled in reception and at the net. MVP again Macerata’s opposite Igor Omrcen.
BRE BANCA LANNUTTI CUNEO – YOGA FORLI 3:0
For Christmas, Cuneo offered its fans the tenth league win of the season. In a 3-0 victory over Forli, libero Hubert Henno was named MVP.
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