Italian volleyball league – Serie A1 has started on Sunday. Favourites of the competition did not have easy first games. Duel between Pineto and Valentia has been postponed.
Italian champion Piacenza faced Taranto. Piacenza looked more ready while Taranto seemed to look for an identity. The serve changed the ongoing of the game. Urnaut and Oivanen, lined up instead of the injured Rak and Bravo, did well in their debut in the Italian league. Angelo Lorenzetti (CoprAtlantide Piacenza): “I am happy with the performance of my team. We lost the second set because the opponent did well too. I’d say that the serve has been key in many moments of the game”.
Itas Diatec Trentino started the new season with 3:1 victory over Andreoli Latina in front of home spectators. Three years on, Osmany Juantorena was back playing in an official game and he led Trentino to victory. He scored 22 points, of which 8 blocks, and deservedly collected the MVP award. Latina got off to a poor start, then got back in it thanks to Nikic in the second and third set. But then, it just couldn’t go pass Trentino’s wall at the net (21-5). Trentino did not especially shine but still took three important points to start its new season. Matey Kaziyski (Itas Diatec Trentino): “It’s normal not to play a fantastic volleyball in the first few rounds. We started well tonight then we clearly faded. Still, we did well to get back to business in the most difficult moment, at the end of the third set. It was important to start with three points”.
Macerata led 2:0 in Modena. In the first two sets, Macerata was on top thanks to a super Omrcen and Vermiglio who passed the ball well. From the third quarter on, Modena, with a brand new roster compared to last season, improved thanks to its captain outside hitter Angel Dennis, the blocks of Piscopo and young Deutsch talent Dick Kooy. The atmosphere was electric as we got to the fifth set. De Giorgi’s boys found the winning break as Dennis was MVP scoring 32 points. F. De Giorgi (Lube Banca Marche Macerata): “I am very happy to have managed to win in the Pala Panini gym: It’s the first time since I arrived in Macerata. As for the game, after two excellent sets, we struggled as they improved, but we did a great job in the fifth set”.
Surprise happened in Cuneo where Verona claimed 3:0 victory. Perugia had to fight till the last point of tiebreak to win over Montichiari. Loreto was close to beat Treviso at home, but from the third set Treviso found its rhythm and showed great game.
Italian volleyball league results and ranking