After the winning away match in Savigliano (followed by a group of fans who made PalaGrassato feel less distant) which gave them access to the quarter-finals, we return to the away match for match one of the quarter-finals of the A3 playoffs by CREDEM BANK. The first act will be played away from Livenza due to Fano’s better ranking at the end of the regular season, thus gaining the advantage of playing any game three at home.

Smart System Fano has never lost at the Pala Allende in Fano this season. The latest victim was AvimeccModica in the return match of the round of 16 playoff finals. The last home defeat dates back to the first day of the 22/23 championship (it was 09 October 2022) against Abba Pineto by 1 to 3.

Coach Vincenzo Mastrangelo, on the Fano bench since 8 January 2024, could line up his team with Partenio (former green and white lion) as setter and Dimitrov on his diagonal, Roberti and Merlo as forwards in position four, Maletto and Focosi in the center and Raffa libero. Coach Marco Marzola could confirm the formation seen in Savigliano with Catone directing the traffic and Mazzotti (returning as a starter in Savigliano after the injury against Brugherio in the seventh of the second leg) in the opposite direction, Mian and Mazzon hammer receivers, Arienti in the center as a pair with Luisetto and Pirazzoli free.

Race directors Michele Marotta and Roberto Russo

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It will undoubtedly be a difficult match, as we have said, Pala Allende, with numbers in hand, presents itself as a truly difficult and almost impregnable field against a team that, as Coach Marzola also stated, was built to make the jump to the category. However, the Lions will be able to play game one with less pressure than the home team, they will certainly not underestimate the match and in all honesty matches like these are rarely played with little concentration. We must limit gratuitous errors and play every ball as if it were the decisive one.