Taiwan Excellence Latina – Calzedonia Verona 2-3 (22-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-19, 17-19) – Taiwan Excellence Latina: Sottile 3, Maruotti 19, Rossi 5, Corteggiani 1, Savani 12, Le Goff 8, De Angelis (L), Caccioppola (L), Shoji (L), Starovic 21, Gitto 0. N.E. Kovac, Ishikawa, Huang. All. Di pinto. Calzedonia Verona: Spirito 2, Jaeschke 26, Pajenk 11, Stern 14, Maar 17, Birarelli 7, Frigo (L), Pesaresi (L), Marretta 1, Paolucci 0, Mengozzi 1. N.E. Manavinezhad, Grozdanov. All. Grbic. ARBITRI: Cappello, Tanasi. NOTE – Spettatori: 1054. Durata set: 26′, 29′, 30′, 26′, 24′; tot: 135′. MVP Starovic (Taiwan Excellence Latina)

It was a spectacular game at PalaBianchini between Taiwan Excellence Latina and Calzedonia Verona. More than two hours of pure volleyball show at the top level, with the first serve of the game by James Chih-Fang Huang, diplomatic from Taiwan and director of Taiwan External Trade Development Council and with a video salute of singer Tiziano Ferro. Good start for Verona, who won easily first set 25-22. Also the same music in the second, once again 25-22 in favour of Nikola Grbic’s team, with a great offensive effort by american Thomas Jaeschke (22-25). Sasha Starovic stepped into the game late in second set, but in the third he totally drove Latina to the 25-22 win. In fourth once again Starovic stepped up, taking Latina on his shoulders, putting several balls on the ground, unstoppable, helping Latina to reach the tie break by winning fourth 25-19. At tie break Latina earned a 9-4 lead, but the pride and the heart of Calzedonia drove Gialloblù to the tie at 14. After a some match points, the mistake of Starovic gave the 19-17 tie break win to Verona. MVP: Sasha Starovic (Taiwan Excellence Latina)

Vincenzo Di Pinto (Taiwan Excellence Latina): “In first two sets we lost but we were there, closed, in third we tried with Starovic, and he made the difference with great enthusiasm. The bad thing is we suffered a comeback from Verona in tie break”.

Nikola Grbic (Calzedonia Verona): “Starting the game we were helped by the absence of Starovic, then with him on the court they broke into the game. At the tie break we kept the faith, coming back and gaining these two points”.


Azimut Modena 3, Sir Safety Conad Perugia 3, Gi Group Monza 3, Cucine Lube Civitanova 3, Calzedonia Verona 2, Revivre Milano 2, Wixo LPR Piacenza 2, Bunge Ravenna 1, Diatec Trentino 1, Taiwan Excellence Latina 1, Tonno Callipo Calabria Vibo Valentia 0, Biosì Indexa Sora 0, Kioene Padova 0, BCC Castellana Grotte 0.

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