29. 03. 2018

ITA M: Perugia prevail in Game 1 of playoff semis against Trentino in four

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Sir Safety Conad Perugia victoriously opened the 2017/18 Italian men’s volleyball championship SuperLega UnipolSai playoff semifinals against Diatec Trentino.

 

Considering previous two encounters between these two sides in SuperLega, No.4 Trentino showed their best display against No.1 Perugia this season in Game 1 of the playoff semis. Trentino lost to the „Block Devils“ in straight sets two times prior to today's game in which they managed to claim one set and were close to their rivals in the remaining three. Perugia won the match partially 25-23, 18-25, 25-23, 25-22.

The Austrian Alexander Berger was the most efficient player in Perugia with 14 points, successfully replacing injured American outside hitter Aaron Russell in the lineup. The Serbian Marko Podraščanin made 6 kill blocks. His compatriot Uroš Kovačević topped Trentino with 16 points. The Slovenian Jan Kozamernik added 4 kill blocks.

The playoff semifinals are played in the best-of-five format.

 

To see complete results, stats, and standings, visit our ITA National Championship 2017/2018 / Male / Seniors page. 

 

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ITA M: Trentino to hire bombastic duo for next season – Lucarelli and Abdel Aziz!

Re: @former_player
Those are excellent points. I feel for Kovacevic and admire him as a player, but he disappointed in big matches in the playoffs last year and has been struggling with injuries and motivation this year it seems. Russell has become a leading force for this Trentino team this year.
The Perugia - Russell return is an interesting thought if Perugia has enough foreigner room. I am curious who will set that team.
What is going on in Milan? Very quiet
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ITA M: Trentino to hire bombastic duo for next season – Lucarelli and Abdel Aziz!

Re: @Suisse It would be interesting to see how would Nimir play in a team where he is not getting the majority of balls. Your comment assumes that Trentino will get rid of MVP of last Europian championship and best outside hitter of Italian league last season, Kovacevic.
Lanza is definitely the weak spot, Perugia needs 1st class outside hitter. Maybe Russell will go back
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ITA M: Trentino to hire bombastic duo for next season – Lucarelli and Abdel Aziz!

If these rumors are true then Trentino HAS to do everything to keep Lisinac and Russell. Having top 3 level players in middle (Lisinac), opposite (Nimir) and outside hitter (Russell) positions would be enough to push past Lube. Lucarelli is very very good still not the player he was before the Achilles injury. His experience is top notch.
Perugia has to make a play to get another top outside hitter to replace Lanza who is a weakspot.
Modena may not be as complete.
Milan????
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