The first and second forces of the 5th Place Play Off Group meet face to face on Saturday 13 May, at 7.30 pm, on the PalaBarton field for the showdown in the single match. With the home court factor favorable, the hosts of Sir Safety Susa Perugia want to confirm the seasonal trend that saw them prevail against Vero Volley Monza in the three crosses, always with the maximum difference. The Umbrian formation is also ahead in the global balance thanks to 23 affirmations and 6 defeats. The last success of the Brianza players in the direct match, obtained with the maximum difference right in the Block Devils’ den, dates back to the 11th return day of the 2020/21 Regular Season. The challenge staged last April 19 in the Monza Arena, valid for the second day of the Play Off Group 5th place, ended with Sir in control in the first two partials and lucid in the complex sprint of the third act to the advantages . If for the world champions it was Jesus Herrera Jaime and Wilfredo Leon who made the difference, between the hosts who fought until the end was a wild Arthur Szwarc, top scorer of the match with 18 points. Every game is different and in indoor and outdoor competitions anything is possible. Determination will also play an important role in the challenge for Europe. Four exes in the field: Oleh Plotnytskyi on one side, Thomas Beretta, Gianluca Galassi in Perugia and Jan Zimmermann on the other.
Andrea Anastasi (Coach Sir Safety Susa Perugia): “Wasn’t it the final we wanted to play? I think it’s time to focus on what’s in front of us and not what’s behind us.”
Massimo Eccheli (Vero Volley Monza Coach): “We are at the end of the season and we are playing for a Final which, while not awarding a title, is very important for us. It is the end of a journey that we have faced with seriousness, enthusiasm and the desire to get where we are. We will have to play our best out of respect for our work and the efforts we have made. The match is difficult, because Perugia was crowned World Champion and won the regular season, but we can deliver excellent volleyball. Let’s stop time and think that we are in a privileged situation, because we have the possibility of playing a fun match.”