Trento, 25 November 2020

Itas Trentino-Tonno Callipo Calabria 1-3, the match report

The match report. Without the opposite Argenta and the two role setters in the squad Giannelli (for the first time not on the scoresheet after 295 consecutive official matches - he had not missed one since the 2014/15 season) and Sperotto, Itas Trentino returns to BLM Group Arena (behind closed doors) after 38 days bringing Nimir back to the role of setter and proposing Michieletto diagonally to the Dutchman; in attack Lucarelli and Kooy, while in the center the Serbian couple Podrascanin-Lisina, with Rossini libero. Tonno Callipo Calabria responds with Saitta as setter, Drame Neto opposite spiker, Defalco and Rossard spikers, Cester and Chinenyeze middle-blockers, Rizzo libero. The home team had the best impact on the game, with a block from Michieletto on Chinenyeze who initially set the first advantage (4-2), immediately contracted by Vibo (5-5) thanks to a mistake by Kooy. Saitta blocks Lucarelli twice in a row, allowing guests to get a first idea of how their evening would be (8-10). Lorenzetti interrupts the game, but at the resumption, another block by Rossard on the Brazilian and a mistake by Michieletto further widen the gap (10-14). The Frenchman also signs an ace on the line bringing the Calabrians to +5 (11-16); Trento loses confidence and further contact (13-20), struggling reasonably in the changeover phase. Vibo Valentia pulls straight on its way and closes the set on 18-25.
After the change of field, Itas Trentino returns with another attitude; Lisinac begins to block everything that passes over his head (5-3), Michieletto attacks effectively (8-4) and Kooy stings in service (10-5). At 12-6 Baldovin has already exhausted the time outs available, but the giallo-blù team shoots straight up to 15-10, then suffer the opponent's comeback that passes through Rossard's services and Cester's blocks (16-16). Trento restarts with Lucarelli's block on Drame Neto (19-17) and with Michieletto's attack from place 2 (21-19). The hosts keep the advantage tightly (23-21) and win the set with a block of Kooy on Drame Neto (25-22).
In the third set Tonno Callipo Calabria returns showing its attitude in the breakpoint phase; Trento starts well with Nimir serving (3-0), but Drame Neto and Defalco quickly overturn the score (3-6 and 5-8). The hosts return to make themselves heard with Kooy (10-12), but it is only a moment because then the opponents widen the gap again with Defalco (ace for 11-16). In the final part of the set, Vibo Valentia tries to control the large margin gained (17-20, 21-23), despite Lorenzetti's team making the maximum effort to get back into the race (Lucarelli's ace for 22-23). At the sprint Rossard's hand-out is decisive (23-25).
Itas Trentino did not break down and started up again in the fourth set, a moment in which Lucarelli also made himself heard on the block, imitating Lisinac (7-4). Another block, this time by Nimir, forces Baldovin to interrupt the game at 9-6, but when he returns to the field it is always the hosts who dictate the pace (12-9). Vibo made the maximum effort and with Rossard equalized the score at sixteen, before the block of Drame Neto on Kooy (18-19). Trento counter-attacks with an error by the Brazilian himself (21-22), but a mistake by Michieletto offers the first match ball to the guests (23-24) which immediately transform it thanks to Rossard (23-25).

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