18. 11. 2018

ITA M: Lube’s trio create a win in Modena, Hernandez & Ishikawa end Siena’s nightmare!

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In a match of the round, Lube barely came out as the winners of the game after taking the tie-break against Modena.


Modena had a better start of the game but in the other two sets, they let Lube take the lead and control the situation.

However, the home team won the fourth set and forced the tie-break, where they couldn’t do anything to stop Lube from getting the win.

Ivan Zaytsev was the top scorer but his performance was not enough for the win this time – 28 points. In Lube, Tsvetan Sokolov and Yoandy Leal had 22 points each, while Osmany Juantorena contributed with 18 points.

Siena have finally managed to score a win in the Serie A1. Again, it was a difficult game for them, but they managed to prevail over Milano after five sets. Fernando Hernandez scored 21 points, while Yuki Ishikawa added 20 points. In Milano, Nimir Abdel Aziz scored 26 points, Timothy Maar had 19.

Perugia won the game against Castellana in straight sets but it was a hell of the game for the away side. Wilfredo Leon (20 points) and Aleksandar Atanasijevic (18 points) were the best in Perugia. In the home team, Mojtaba Mirzajampour had 17 points.

Trentino and Verona met each in this round and we can say that Trentino didn’t have any troubles to beat the rival. It is interesting that the head coach of Trentino didn’t use substitutes as he played only with 7 players, including libero Grebennikov.

Uros Kovacevic was the top scorer with 13 points, while Luca Vettori and Aaron Russell had 12 points each. On the other side, Stephen Boyer had 11 points.

Men's Serie A1, round 8:

Castellana Grote – Perugia 0-3 (24-26, 21-25, 24-26)

Modena – Lube 2-3 (25-21, 29-31, 20-25, 27-25, 9-15)

Monza – Sora 1-3 (21-25, 25-17, 23-25, 23-25)

Ravenna – Latina 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-18)

Siena – Milano 3-2 (25-23, 19-25, 25-20, 20-25, 15-13)

Trentino – Verona 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-18)


Vibo Valentia – Kioene Padova 3-1 (29-31, 25-20, 28-26, 25-22)

Men's Serie A1 standings



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ITA M: Lube stay without a head coach – Medei resigns!

I agree with almost all you said. But the thing with grebennikov is much more difficult. Grebennikov is French and Lube desperately needed one italian libero to make space for Leal. They chose good, but this guy played before for Padova (if I am not wrong) without any pressure to win. Reply

ITA M: Lube stay without a head coach – Medei resigns!

Unfortunately, this was expected. I was surprised this hasn't happened after last season and 5 lost finals. It's always a coach that pays the price since it is easier to fire a coach vs the whole team.

It was the same in Perugia at the beginning of last season, when Atanasijevic was injured and didn't play so Perugia lost few games in the row. Sirci immediately fired Kovac, who made that team and save them previous season and brought Bernardi. Coincidentally Atanasijevic recovered at the same time and Perugia started winning. And glory goes to Bernardi :)

I love Lube but they simply have too many good players on the team and they need a coach who is a good psychologist. After losing 6 finals, they have a serious problem.

After their game vs Zenit, when they saved 8 match points, I expected them to walk over Trentino in finals. But they were nowhere to be found.
Lubre fired Christensen to bring Bruno, which was the mistake in my opinion. Christensen was the soul of that team after playing so many years for Lube.

They did an unfair thing to Sada by bringing Simon who was under contract with Sada. They brought Leal as well. He is a great player but he doesn't fit into already established attack formation with Sokolov as 1st attack option and Juantorena as 2nd.

Juantorena is 33 so he should have been replaced with Leal who is 29 if that is a long-term strategy.

But what hurt Lube the most is the fact they lost Grebennikov, who is the best libero in the world. Not sure what happened here, but Lube couldn't find a proper replacement and that is where their defense has a problem.

POL M: The Italian international to join Budowlani Lodz?

Rather, she can play Chemik, because Abbondazza is an Italian trainer. Reply



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