The picture of the Credem Banca Super League Play Off Semifinals is completed with the two play-offs in Game 5 which rewarded on the one hand Allianz Milano (which gained the pass for the next phase by beating Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza 3 to 0) and on the other Mint True Volley Monza, which won 3 to 1 on the pitch of Cucina Lube Civitanova, thus accessing the Semi-finals. Semifinals which will therefore be the same as the Final Four of the Del Monte® Coppa Italia played in Bologna at the end of January: Milan will challenge Perugia, while Monza will face Trento.


Cucine Lube Civitanova – Mint Vero Volley Monza 1-3 (23-25, 23-25, 25-20, 22-25) – Cucine Lube Civitanova: Yant Herrera 18, Chinenyeze 4, Zaytsev 5, Nikolov 19, Anzani 8, De Cecco 2, Bisotto (L), Balaso (L), Lagumdzija 10, Diamantini 1, Bottolo 1. N.E. Thelle, Motzo. All. Blengini. Mint Vero Volley Monza: Takahashi 19, Di Martino 5, Szwarc 14, Maar 22, Galassi 6, Kreling 1, Morazzini (L), Visic 0, Loeppky 5, Mujanovic 0, Beretta 0, Gaggini (L). N.E. Comparoni. All. Eccheli. ARBITRI: Puecher, Piana. NOTE – durata set: 29′, 36′, 31′, 33′; tot: 129′.

Cucine Lube Civitanova fails to overtake the Brianza team and sees their qualification for the eighth consecutive Scudetto semi-final slip away. Mint Vero Volley Monza will challenge the Italian champions Itas Trentino. The season of the red and whites will instead end with the adventure in the 5th Place Play Offs. In the fifth act of the quarter-finals the red and whites lost (23-25, 23-25, 25-20, 22-25) against a Mint Vero Volley Monza team that was always on point. Having left the fight for the tricolor prematurely, Chicco Blengini’s men will return to the field for the race for the Challenge Cup (calendar to be defined) in the Group which will also involve Cisterna, Modena, Padova, Piacenza and Verona. The episodes make the difference. The statistics show a fair balance between the teams, the result certifies the greater concreteness of the guests in the key moments, with Maar the star (22 points) and MVP, followed by Takahashi (18) and Szwarc (14). On the red and white front, Nikolov and Yant finished with 19 points each, Lagumdzija entered the race and stamped the scoresheet 10 times. 54% of the team in attack is not enough for the Cucieri against (48% of their rivals). Cucinieri on the pitch as in Game 4, with Lagumdzija on the bench and with Zaytsev, Nikolov and Yant attacking. Central Larizza isn’t even on the bench, with a sore ankle. Typical sextet for Monza with Takahashi and Maar preferred to Loeppky in place 4. In the first set (23-25) Monza attacks with 61% and scores the only ace, while Civitanova wins the block duel (3-1, two of Yant), but gives up in the sprint. In the second set (23-25), Lube grows in attack (59%) with points from Nikolov (9) and Yant (6), but has to deal with a deadly Mint blocking (6 winners) and dragging from Maar (10 seals with 3 blocks and 75%). In the third act (25-20) La Lube gives life to a monologue right from the first exchanges with an overwhelming 70% positivity in the offensives and with Yant (6 points) decisive in attack and serving.

MVP: Stephen Maar (Mint Vero Volley Monza)

Gianlorenzo Blengini (coach Cucine Lube Civitanova): “Some things that went very well in Game 4 didn’t work, first of all the attack on the slow ball, which today saw us struggle so much. Then we also had our opportunities and we weren’t able to take advantage of them. In the first set we had the ball to go to 24 all, just to give an example.

Fernando Kreling (Mint Vero Volley Monza): “It wasn’t easy and I’m not just talking about this last match. The whole series was very tough, they did well to recover after the first two defeats. They managed to raise the level of their game, putting us in difficulty.


Semifinals Game 1 – Play Off Super Lega

Domenica 31 marzo 2024, ore 18.00
Itas Trentino – Mint Vero Volley Monza

Diretta Rai Sport e VBTV

Domenica 31 marzo 2024, ore 19.00
Sir Susa Vim Perugia – Allianz Milano

Diretta VBTV

Play Off Scudetto