After a weekend with no competitive commitments due to the postponement of the trip to Siena to a later date, Cucine Lube Civitanova will return to the gym tomorrow, Tuesday 14 February, with the intention of preparing in the best possible way for the home match of the 9th day of the return Regular Season scheduled for Sunday 19 February (6.00 pm) against Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza, a rival full of famous former players. In fact, the insidious team led by Massimo Botti includes four athletes of absolute value who have won important titles with the chef’s shirt: Enrico Cester, Yoandy Leal, Ricardo Lucarelli and Robertlandy Simon.
In the 8th second leg the Emilians defeated Allianz Milano in four sets, catching up with the Italian champions at 30 points in the standings, but with the red and whites still fourth, one position ahead of the Piacenza players for the best set ratio and with a match to recover. On the weekend of Lube’s orphan races, the first point of the season left by the way by Sir Safety Susa Perugia, victorious in the tie break against Itas Trentino at the BLM Group Arena, and the solitary second place of Valsa Group Modena, who beat the Gioiella Prisma Taranto for 3-1. WithU Verona, privateer at the photo finish in the Veneto derby on the Padova Volleyball field, moved to -1 from Lube, while the Vero Volley Monza consortium conquered Cisterna di Latina in four sets and is now three lengths behind the team from the Marches.
Today coach Chicco Blengini commented his atypical weekend on Radio Arancia, interviewed by Mauro Anconetani during “7×4 Sport”:
“I don’t remember how long it has been since I was able to spend Sunday with my family – the coach said – since my loved ones don’t live around the corner. Obviously I followed the championship round. Perugia lost its first point, but nothing changes… even at the beginning of the season it went to the tie break twice in the Super Cup, with Trento in the Semifinal and with us in the Final. Sir is a team that moves the sextet a lot by combining quality with quantity and constancy. This year it is even more favored than in the past. We have made different choices and we are pursuing an interesting project. Then there are other teams, like Piacenza, with whom we will play on Sunday, built to fight at the top. We are not among the favorites right now, but we will try to be the best Lube possible. The mental factor won’t be fundamental, but all our progress will depend on the quality of the game.