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#Superlega: Perugia and Civitanova have taken the lead in the semifinals

The semifinal clashes in the Italian Superlega have begun. Yesterday evening Perugia take lead vs. Modena, and a Sokolov’s amazing performance led Lube Civitanova to make a comeback for win in Trento.

Sir Safety Conad Perugia – Azimut Leo Shoes Modena 3-1 (25:15, 26:24, 21:25, 26:24)
Sir Safety Conad Perugia: De Cecco 1, Lanza 12, Podrascanin 6, Berger 4, Leon Venero 24, Ricci 8, Colaci (L), Della Lunga 2, Piccinelli 0, Hoag 0, Hoogendoorn 1. N.E. Seif, Galassi. Coach. Bernardi.
Azimut Leo Shoes Modena: Christenson 1, Urnaut 10, Mazzone 5, Zaytsev 9, Bednorz 17, Holt 7, Rossini (L), Kaliberda 1, Benvenuti (L), Tillie 0, Pinali 0. N.E. Anzani, Keemink, Pierotti. Coach. Velasco.
MVP: Podrascanin

The reigning champions Perugia have made the first step toward to Scudetto, beating Modena in four sets at the home court, with followinf results: 25:15, 26:24, 21:25, 26:24.
Since Aleksandar Atanasijevic was not able to play with his team due to suspension, Wilfredo Leon had to play at a much higher level to down Modena, and he did it! The Cuban-born player was the best with 24 points. MVP, however, was the Serbia. middleblocker Podrascanin, who closes the match with three winning blocks and some important service turns.
On the other side Bartosz Bednorz scored 17 points.

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Itas Trentino – Cucine Lube Civitanova 2-3 (25:20, 23:25, 25:19, 26:28, 19:21)
Itas Trentino: Giannelli 8, Kovacevic 24, Lisinac 9, Vettori 18, Russell 12, Candellaro 4, De Angelis (L), Nelli 3, Grebennikov (L), Van Garderen 0, Cavuto 0, Codarin 0. N.E. Daldello. Coach. Lorenzetti.
Cucine Lube Civitanova: Mossa De Rezende 1, Juantorena 15, Simon 10, Sokolov 36, Leal 11, Cester 1, Marchisio (L), D’Hulst 0, Cantagalli 0, Balaso (L), Kovar 5, Stankovic 0, Massari 0, Diamantini 4. N.E. Coach. De giorgi.
MVP: Bruno

The clash between Trento and Lube was a dramatic game in which the away side managed to come out as the winners thanks to the amazing performance of Tsvetan Sokolov. The Bulgarian opposite scored 36 points to lead Lube to a comeback after trailing by 2-1.
Osmany Juantorena also contributed with 15, while on the other side Uros Kovacevic ended the match with 24 points.

Semifinals Superlega CredemBanca Program:

Game 2
April 19

Cucine Lube Civitanova – Itas Trentino
Azimut Leo Shoes Modena – Sir Safety Conad Perugia

Game 3
April 22

Sir Safety Conad Perugia – Azimut Leo Shoes Modena
Itas Trentino – Cucine Lube Civitanova

Eventual Game 4
April 25

Azimut Leo Shoes Modena – Sir Safety Conad Perugia
Cucine Lube Civitanova – Itas Trentino

Eventual Game 5
April 28

Sir Safety Conad Perugia – Azimut Leo Shoes Modena
Itas Trentino – Cucine Lube Civitanova

Photos: Legavolley

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