An immediate response from WithU Verona, which immediately rolled up its sleeves after the intense series against Lube and inaugurated the 5th place Play Off phase with a convincing victory. Coach Stoytchev’s team easily overcame Pallavolo Padova in the regional derby, demonstrating great technical superiority, especially in the first two partials, where the gap was evident. The gap of fourteen lengths in the second set (25-11) was the widest gained in the season so far. Finally, in the last quarter, the Scala players had to deal with the recovery attempt of their opponents, but they kept their nerve, nullifying the black and white efforts and ending the games.
Saturday’s match once again highlighted the great offensive potential of Verona, which once again settled on important numbers in this sense. Overall, the offensive package finished the test with 61% positivity. The good collective performance was also confirmed in the direct ball exchange phases, where Spirito and his teammates grounded 62% of the balls after a negative reception with only one active error, and counterattack, which resulted in 61% of points out of 38 total attempts.
The wall also made the difference, in which the Veronese team expressed themselves excellently. In this fundamental, the central Grozdanov and the opposite Sapozhkov particularly distinguished themselves, who blocked the opponents in the net three times each. On two occasions, however, Rok Mozic succeeded in his intent, capable of slipping in 13 points over the entire match. In attack, it was undoubtedly Noumory Keita who took the stage, who transformed 12 of the 15 balls received into gold, recording 80% positivity. Furthermore, the number 9 has regained confidence with his serve, as demonstrated by the 3 aces he scored. An essential contribution also came from the Libero Gaggini, precious above all in defense with many saves useful for the reconstruction of the action.