Trento, 19 March 2023

Itas Trentino to score on debut in 2023 Scudetto Play Off

Itas Trentino and made its debut in the Credem Banca 2023 Play Off Scudetto with a hard-fought but very important home victory. Confirming the favorable tradition, which has seen it win seventeen of its twenty season debut matches at the post regular season stage, this evening the yellow-blue lineup overcame Vero Volley 3-2 in Game 1 of the quarterfinals played in front of its home crowd.
The court factor again withstood the Brianzoli's attempted assault, always defeated at the BLM Group Arena (fourteen times in fourteen occasions), allowing Lorenzetti's team to immediately take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series. To build the advantage in the match and face Game 2 away on Wednesday night with greater serenity, however, the yellow-blue had to sweat for more than two hours of play; after dominating the scene in the first two sets, thanks to an excellent break point phase and an attack on very high percentages, the hosts in fact suffered between the third and fourth quarters the vehement reaction of the Brianzoli, led by a unique Grozer (best scorer with 29 points and 60% in attack, in addition to three blocks and five aces) and a service that for two sets put the Trentino second line on the ropes. Back to the block, Itas Trentino gathered its remaining energy to succeed in the eleventh set in the last three days and managed to impose itself at the sprint of the tie break. It was decided by an error by Davyskiba on 14-13 in the tie break, after the two contenders had often alternated leading the operations of the game. Best yellow-blue scorer Alessandro Michieletto with 19 points (including one at the block and 50 percent at the net); also in double figures were Lavia 12 (with three blocks), Kaziyski (11) and Lisinac (10), but winning the title of MVP in the end was Sbertoli, for how he was able to find the best exits for his own game in the important moments of the match.

Here is the scoreboard of game 1 of the quarter-finals of the Play Off Scudetto SuperLega Credem Banca 2023 played tonight at the BLM Group Arena.

Itas Trentino-Vero Volley Monza 3-2
(25-16, 25-21, 13-25, 18-25, 15-13)
ITAS TRENTINO: Lisinac 10, Kaziyski 11, Michieletto 19, Podrascanin 7, Lavia 12, Sbertoli 3, Laurenzano (L); Nelli 4, Džavoronok 2, Cavuto, Pace, D'Heer. N.e. Berger, Depalma. Coach Angelo Lorenzetti.
VERO VOLLEY: Zimmermann, Davyskiba 10, Beretta 7, Grozer 29, Maar 14, Galassi 7, Federici (L); Hernandez 4, Kreling, Szwarc 3, Magliano. N.e. Marttila, Pirazzoli and Di Martino. Coach Massimo Eccheli
REFEREES: Boris of Vigevano (Pavia) and Brancati of Città di Castello (Perugia).
SET DURATION: 23', 29', 23', 25', 22'; tot 2h 2'.
NOTES: 2,448 spectators, for a takings of 20,357 euro. Itas Trentino: 7 blocks,4 aces, 14 hitting errors, 12 action errors, 52% in attack, 44% (21%) in reception. Vero Volley: 7 blocks, 12 ace, 10 hitting errors, 10 action errors, 50% attack, 42% (14%) reception. MVP Sbertoli.

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