On Sunday at 3.30 pm Gioiella Prisma Taranto will be in Emilia to face Gas Sales Piacenza at Pala Banca, television preview on Volleyballworld.tv.
After the burning defeat against Padova last Sunday, without the opposite Stefani still in the recovery phase after the injury in the match against Verona, the Ionian team recently announced the acquisition of a new athlete, the opposite Ibrahim Lawani, who arrived from France, who joins the squad already this week.
The rossoblùs are therefore working on the harmony with the new component and on the knots that emerged in the match with Padova, to find the energy and the right approach to face a real battleship and attempt the feat.
Of all the Superlega teams, Gas Sales Piacenza is the one that has the most complete roster and with top-level international athletes. The Emilian team, led by coach Massimo Botti (coach protagonist of the promotion to the Superlega in the first year of the club’s reconstruction in 2019), who recently took turns on the bench after Bernardi’s sacking, can boast players such as setter Brizard and opposite world champion Romanò diagonally, Caneschi and the Cuban Simon in the center, the Brazilian spiker Lucarelli and the Cuban Leal on the band, together with the world champion Recine, and the eclectic Basic. With world gold Scanferla as free. Not to mention that he has a bench full of expert athletes and also promising young players such as the former rossoblù Gironi spiker, the setter De Weijer, the central players Alonso and Cester. However, in the last month the Emilian team had to give up two of the strongest members of the team, the two bands Lucarelli and Leal, replaced by Recine and Basic.
After the coach’s dismissal, Piacenza found a brilliant victory with Trento and then two disappointing defeats with Siena and Monza and was involved in the Cev cup against the Romanians of Galati, against whom they found victory last night by going through to the quarters. On the occasion, Leal also found the field again, so Gas Sales can now boast of an almost complete squad, with the exception of Lucarelli.
In the first leg, the Emilians were dragged by a spectacular Leal, who scored sixteen points, and by Lucarelli, MVP of the match, who signed the hottest balls, conquering the Ionian fort after just over an hour and a half of play with a round result, in a very fought match, in a very close point to point, resolved by a few episodes at the service of these elements and also of the bubbly director Brizard.