At the end of a season in which he carved out a leading role for himself, Maksim Sapozhkov says goodbye to Verona. Arrived on tiptoe and with the spotlights on for his 220 centimeters of height that elected him the tallest athlete in the entire championship by detachment, the Russian hammer was able to establish himself in SuperLega right from the start. After the great debut at Piacenza, the 37 points scored against Trento within the friendly walls arrived on the second day of the season, a match in which he also scored 6 winning blocks and 3 aces.

Overall, Sapozhkov was one of the most featured players on the court with 30 appearances totaling 112 sets played. In his first year in the SuperLega, the opposite class of 2000 finished in fourth place in the best scorer rankings, with 527 points overall between Regular Season, Play Off Scudetto, Play Off 5th Place and Del Monte Coppa Italia, with fewer games played compared to the previous three. With 53 blocks, however, he took the palm of best blocker of the team. On the other hand, there were 27 direct points from nine meters, while on three occasions he was awarded MVP.