Great result for Montichiari
Leader of italian championship Trento lost 3:1 in Montichiari. Valentia claimed 3rd victory in a row and Padova is leaving Serie A1 for the next season.
The Uriarte cure keeps working wonders for Vibo Valentia, who won 3-0 once again with its new coach. In the PalaOlimpia gym, the guest of Verona had to surrender against the enthusiasm and determination of the hosts.
Elvis Contreras (Tonno Callipo Vibo Valentia): “We got off to an excellent start while Verona did not play very well. We did well to take advantage of the opportunities that came our way. We keep working towards to playoffs playing one game at a time, then we?ll see what are the results”.
Forli´s 3-0 victory over Padova in the big clash at the bottom of the table means Molducci´s team is catching up Pineto and Martina Franca, both on the losing end, respectively against Piacenza and Modena. In the PalaBanca, Piacenza left only one set to Pineto. Cleber was not enough for Montagnani´s team. The red and whites did well to make up for the many players missing playing with great character to obtain three crucial points.
Modena won it in the tie-break, just like Cuneo and Macerata, who remained unbeaten at home in the league this season. In Cuneo, Wijmans and co stopped Perugia, who had registered 9 successive wins, in a game played at maximum intensity. Treviso came away with a bitter defeat but still obtained an important point for the playoffs. Treviso fought hard during the five sets but in the end Macerata prevailed.
Montichiari bounced back playing well in front of its fans andgetting the three points. They lost the first set by the minimum margin but then became more accurate, especially in attack. Esko was on song and was dishing out good balls for Gavotto and Horstink, who combined for 42 points. That´s how they had the better of the league leaders Trentino, who stays top but whose advantage has been reduced by two points by Cuneo and Macerata.
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There are only two places up for grabs in the playoffs. Indeed, the top sixth are now mathematically qualified for the post season.
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