|2017/18||A difficult start before |
an exhilarating ascent
Diatec Trentino started season 2017/18 with a team that was completely renewed thanks to the summer market. Only three players (Chiappa, Giannelli and Lanza) were confirmed from the team that played three finals in a row. So e put our hopes on a renewed group, strengthened by many new arrivals, among which there were many emerging talents as Kozamernik, Hoag and Kovacevic and also many well-known athletes as the Olimpic Champion Eder, the Australian Zingel and the opposite hitter from the Italian National volleyball team Vettori. The start (of course) hasn't been easy, since Lorenzetti needed some time to merge a team in which there was not harmony yet; the fourth position in the Final Four of the Italian Supercoppa in Civitanova and the five defeats during the first seven matches of regular season could have made us think about a bad season. But at the end of December there was a turning point; Diatec Trentino leaves any doubt and physical problem behind and starts raising in the rankings, going form the eleventh position to the fourth one thanks to fifteen victories out of nineteen matches. At the same time the yellow blues also started their adventure in Champions League for the eight time, conquering the second position in Pool E at the end of February and, as a consequence, the qualification to the Playoffs of the tournament.