No way for WithU Verona

La WithU Verona non passa in Gara 5

Quarterfinals Game 5 Play Off Scudetto Credem Banca:
Cucine Lube Civitanova – WithU Verona 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-23)

Cucine Lube Civitanova: De Cecco 0, Yant Herrera 15, Chinenyeze 8, Zaytsev 11, Nikolov 15, Anzani 2, Bottolo 1, D’Amico, Balaso (L), Garcia Fernandez 0. N.E. Ambrose (L), Diamantini, Gottardo, Sottile. All. Blengini. WithU Verona: Spirito 2, Mozic 12, Grozdanov 3, Sapozhkov 14, Keita 17, Mosca 1, Bonisoli, Gaggini (L), Cortesia 3, Vieira De Oliveira 0. N.E. Zanotti, Jensen, Magalini, Massafeli Iasi Pedroso (L). All. Stoytchev. ARBITRI: Cesare, Caretti. NOTE – durata set: 24′, 32′, 27′; tot: 83′. Spettatori: 4.000. MVP: Yant.

Cucine Lube Civitanova repeats itself and reaches its nineteenth Scudetto Semifinal, the seventh in a row, the thirteenth in the last 14 play-offs for the Italian flag. In the pit of a sold out Eurosuole Forum, the Italian champions close the comeback against WithU Verona in great style by beating the Scala with the maximum difference (25-19, 25-23, 25-23).

Lube’s service and attack in the first set (25-19) were decisive. To Keita’s 9 points in the second set Nikolov replies with 8 feats and Lube, after a diesel start, puts the arrow across the finish line in the photo finish (25-23). Even in the last act, the home team puts a comeback with the help of a wild crowd and wins for a ball, moved by a big heart (25-23).

Yant, author of 15 points with 65% positivity, leaves the field awarded with the title of MVP at the end of the contest, 1 ace and 1 block. At 15 also Nikolov ahead of Zaytsev, who also works in reception and points on the scoresheet registers 11. WithU Verona, which continues the season in the Play Offs 5th Place, closes with the top scorer Keita (17 points). Sapozhkov (14) and Mozic (12) also did well in attack.

On Thursday 13 April, in the first round of the Semifinal Scudetto, the red and whites will face the winner of Game 5 of the Quarterfinals between Perugia and Milan (Umbrians and Lombards on the field at Easter Monday).

MVP: Marlon Yant (Cucine Lube Civitanova)

BARTHELEMY CHINENYEZE (Cucine Lube Civitanova): “A very tough and balanced series ended, even in this Game 5 in which we managed to make the difference in our favor in the crucial moments of each set. Good performance and good attitude, now another championship really begins for us, in which we want to go as far as possible. We hope to be able to count on the help of the magnificent crowd we saw tonight, it was great to play in this atmosphere.”

Radostin Stoytchev (coach WithU Verona): “We played a very demanding series with the reigning Italian champions. It was not easy to manage the pressure that inevitably exists in matches like this, because we have not yet acquired the necessary experience. I’m very proud of how we’ve worked so far, but the season isn’t over and now the 5th place Play Off phase begins, so more tough races. We just have to get back to work and start over with the right mind”.

Play Off Scudetto:

Lunedì 10 aprile 2023, ore 18.00
Sir Safety Susa Perugia – Allianz Milano

Arbitri: Zavater Marco, Cappello Gianluca (Carcione Vincenzo)
Video Check: Nannini Debora
Segnapunti: Fibbi Benedetta
Diretta Rai Sport

Valsa Group Modena – Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza
Arbitri: Puecher Andrea, Giardini Massimiliano (Zanussi Umberto)
Video Check: Bosio Matteo
Segnapunti: Righi Francesca