The time is approaching for the assignment of the most awaited trophy of the season which, perfectly in line with the unpredictable and surprising trend of the Play Offs, will be awarded at the end of a “playoff”, guaranteeing further entertainment until the very last exchange played in the championship. The Scudetto will be awarded on Wednesday at 20.30, live on Rai Sport and Volleyballworld.tv.
Itas Trentino has already played seventeen play-off matches in its twenty participations in the Play Off Scudetto, winning eleven (the last one on 25 April 2023, right at home against Piacenza for the Semifinals). Between friendly walls, the balance sheet of this type of match tells of eleven victories in twelve matches, including those in the 2008 and 2013 Finals, again against Piacenza, which was also the only one to win in the then PalaTrento (Game 5 of Final 2009). The result that occurred most often was the tie break: seven times his seventeen, with three yellow-blue victories; compared to Cucine Lube only one previous playoff, relating to last season: Game 5 of the Semifinal ended precisely in the fifth set in favor of the Marches. Among the “in or out” games played against the red and white, however, the 2012 Scudetto Final should also be counted, played with the V-Day formula (single match, on neutral ground): 22 April, 2-3 defeat at the Forum in Assago.
Cucine Lube Civitanova’s defense of the Italian flag will reach its peak in the night match to be played in the gialloblù headquarters. A challenge without appeal is coming. La Lube will play the Scudetto in the fifth match for the fourth time in history. The balance of the precedents is 2-1. In 2005/06 the club from the Marches raised its first banner to the sky thanks to the victory with the maximum gap in the fifth round against Treviso at the BPA Palas in Pesaro. The title was also awarded to the beauty in 2017/18, when the red and white fell in three sets in Perugia, but the opportunity for a redemption in grand style came the following year (2018/19), with Civitanova capable of hitting a great comeback after being down 2-0 in Game 5 at the PalaBarton.
Game 5 Finals – SuperLega Credem Banca Play Offs
Wednesday 17 May 2023, 8.30pm
Itas Trentino – Kitchens Lube Civitanova
Referees: Puecher Andrea, Florian Massimo (Simbari Armando)
Video Check: Tundo Virginia
Scorekeeper: Righi Francesca
Live Rai Sport and Volleyballworld.tv
Serie A Credem Bank
The disciplinary measures of the National Sports Judge
Following the matches played between 12 and 14 May 2023, the National Sports Judge adopted the following measures:
Massimo Colaci (Sir Safety Susa Perugia) – Yellow card.