The PalaMaiata of Vibo Valentia, packed in every order of seats, is preparing to host the Final of the 26th edition of the Del Monte® Coppa Italia A2. Face to face tomorrow, Saturday 4 February at 7.45 pm, Tonno Callipo Calabria Vibo Valentia and BCC Castellana Grotte.
The hosts are chasing the fourth A2 Cup after the trophies put on the showcase in 2003, 2015 and 2016. Tonno Callipo did not miss a beat in the current edition, treasuring the home factor and liquidating Cuneo in three sets in the Quarterfinals and Bergamo in the Semifinal. Cezar Douglas’ men come from the clear victory achieved with Prata di Pordenone in the 6th second round of the A2 championship and continue to dominate the Regular Season standings. Davide Candellaro (3 blocks to 600 in his career) and Domenico Cavaccini (one of the two former players in the match), together with the second coach Francesco Racaniello won the A2 Cup in 2013 with Atripalda, while Santi Orduna won it in 2014 with Padova , Alessandro Tondo triumphed in 2019 with Piacenza and Jernej Terpin in 2021 with Bergamo.
More than a decade after the success in the Final in the category Cup obtained in 2012, Castellana Grotte wants to give an encore to treat itself to a dream 2023. So far in the event, the Apulian collective has played at home by overcoming Porto Viro in the quarterfinals in three sets and Cantù in the semifinals by 3-1. The same result earned the corsair victory in the last round of the championship with Agnelli Tipiesse Bergamo, a feat that served to consolidate second place in the standings. Matteo Zamagni awaits the challenge as outgoing champion having lifted the cup to the sky last season with Reggio Emilia. Luca Presta (the other ex of the race) is looking for the trio of cups on the bulletin board after the successes in 2015 and 2016 with the Vibo shirt. Nicola Tiozzo (14 winning attacks out of 2000 in his career) is also chasing the third category trophy after the triumphs obtained in 2018 with GCF Roma and in 2019 with Bergamo. Andrea Marchisio wants the A2 cup after having won the SuperLega cup twice with Civitanova.