Finals Game 2 – Play Off SuperLega Credem Banca

Cucine Lube Civitanova – Itas Trentino 3-2 (25-21, 25-15, 19-25, 23-25, 17-15) – Cucine Lube Civitanova: De Cecco 2, Yant Herrera 15, Anzani 6, Zaytsev 17, Nikolov 17, Chinenyeze 18, Balaso (L), Bottolo 1, D’Amico (L), Garcia Fernandez 0. N.E. Ambrose, Diamantini, Gottardo, Sottile. All. Blengini. Itas Trentino: Sbertoli 2, Lavia 9, D’Heer 11, Kaziyski 11, Michieletto 19, Podrascanin 9, Pace (L), Nelli 0, Laurenzano (L), Dzavoronok 6, Cavuto 0. N.E. Berger, Lisinac, Depalma. All. Lorenzetti. ARBITRI: Vagni, Zavater. NOTE – durata set: 27′, 24′, 29′, 29′, 23′; tot: 132′.

The Scudetto Final is back in a draw: Game 2 ends with over 4,000 fans of the Eurosuole Forum (sold out) applauding Cucine Lube Civitanova for the victory at the tie break (25-21, 25-15, 19-25, 23 -25, 17-15) against Itas Trentino. A statement that brings the tricolor series to the 1-1 result in the best of five matches and reopens the games with the certainty that, regardless of the result of Sunday 7 May (6.00 pm on Rai Sport) at the BLM Group Arena, there will also be a Race 4 in Civitanova Marche, postponed today directly to Sunday 14 May (9.05 pm with live broadcast on Rai 2).

Captain De Cecco and his companions dominate the first two sets, then suffer the return of the Trentino players and impose themselves on the advantage of the tie break. What made the difference in the second round of the Finale are the serve (9 to 5 aces) and the more incisive attack in the key phases (49% against 46%). MVP of the match is the red and white central Chinenyeze with 18 points and 89% positivity, the top scorer is Michieletto (19 seals) on the opposite front. On the piece De Cecco, who sends four teammates in double figures: in addition to Babar, also Zaytsev (17 points), Nikolov (17) and Yant (15). Itas stands out for the quality of the wall-defence. Nice challenge between free Balaso and Laurenzano.

In the first set, Lube works in all fundamentals, starting with the serve and the block. After an initial outburst from the Gialloblù, led by Kaziyski (8 points in the set with 64%), the hosts gain the upper hand with the contribution of Zaytsev (6 points) and Nikolov (5 points) for the final 25-21. In the second set Trento’s forcing lasts the blink of an eye (6-8). Thanks to an omnipresent Balaso and De Cecco’s combinations with all the attackers, Lube takes off 20-13. In evidence Yant (7 points, of which 3 on service) and Nikolov (6 with 1 ace) for the final 25-15. In the third set the winning attacks are equal, Dzavoronok replaces Kaziyski among the guests and the Trentino redemption arrives with 4 team blocks and many balls fouled by the block. Michieletto scores 7 points, one more than Nikolov, for 19-25. In the fourth set we fight point to point. The formation from the Marche collects 4 blocks and suffers from the Trentino attacks (57%), but arrives with momentum at the sprint (22-21), before undergoing a last minute comeback (23-25). At the tie break Trento recovers three points in the final, but Lube believes in it more and wins 17-15.

MVP: Barthelemy Chinenyeze (Cucine Lube Civitanova)
Audience: 4.026

Barthelemy Chinenyeze (Cucine Lube Civitanova): “An incredible match, which saw us play very well in the first two sets, with a lot of aggression, and then give up too much in the next two. Well done to us then to recover in the tie break. Today we gave everything, now let’s try to rest as best we can and then get ready to face another sporting battle in Race 3″.
Angelo Lorenzetti (Itas Trentino): “There is regret for not being able to close the tie break in our favor, because some situations had to be closed differently, but the result must not deceive. We have often been in mental difficulty and we have also suffered from the particular situation from the physical point of view of some element. However, the Finals are like this, and you always have to play them to the fullest; the substitutes from the bench gave us a big hand to get back into the match, especially Džavoronok. Down 0-2 we showed a good reaction but these games are not like the regular season ones and the tie break leaves no points: it’s a defeat”.

Below is the official program for Race 3 and Race 4 of the Scudetto Finals, with Race 3 which will be played on Sunday 7 May at 18.00 (live on Rai Sport) and Game 4 which will be played on Sunday 14 at 21.05 (live on Rai 2). Any Race 5 will be defined shortly.

Race 3 Finals – Play Offs SuperLega Credem Banca

Sunday 7 May 2023, 18.00
Itas Trentino – Kitchens Lube Civitanova
Live Rai Sport and

Game 4 Finals – Play Off SuperLega Credem Banca

Sunday 14 May 2023, 9.05pm
Kitchens Lube Civitanova – Itas Trentino
Live Rai 2 and

The Scudetto Play Offs table: