WithU Verona came close to accessing the Play Off semi-final, which would have been unprecedented in the history of Verona volleyball, interrupting its journey to the Quarterfinals. Coach Stoytchev’s team gave a hard time for five races of an exciting series at Cucine Lube Civitanova, which boasted the title of Champion of Italy in the last three editions of the top Italian division. A Verona that certainly had to deal with the lack of habit of playing this type of match by most of its men. This journey, however, has helped them to gain important experience, already useful in view of the 5th Place Play Offs, which will start over the weekend, waiting to understand what the calendar will say.

A high-intensity season finale is expected given the presence of Perugia and Modena in this phase, clamorously ousted from the race for the Scudetto by Milan and Piacenza. With Game 5 archived with the cooks, Raphael and his companions immediately returned to work on Easter Monday, with their eyes turned to the next match, despite the fact that the opponent’s name is not yet known. First session dedicated to physical recovery after last Saturday’s game, before focusing on the technical-tactical part. In the rest of the week the work on the field will be alternated with that in the gym and with video sessions to carefully analyze the first opponent of this Poule.

“Now it’s much more difficult for us” said coach Radostin Stoytchev at the end of the last match against the Marches. “If we had won – continued the coach from Verona – we would have accomplished a historic feat. Now it is not easy to start again, but we will have to do it with humility, commitment, sacrifice, but above all a lot of suffering, because the truth is that only those who suffer win”.