Top Volley Cisterna’s up-and-down play has seemingly taken a positive turn again as they downed the titleholders Cucine Lube Civitanova in the seventh round of the 2022–23 Italian Men’s Volleyball Championship.
Cisterna woke up from hibernation and found themselves back on the winning path after knocking out Lube in Round 7 of the 2022–23 SuperLega Credem Banca. The team commanded by Fabio Soli beat the titleholders 3-0, dominating for the most part of the match at home. Thus, after suffering three straight defeats, which followed the same number of successive wins, Cisterna managed to move up to the top 4 in the standings (third place). They earned a deserved and important victory against Lube, who haven’t yet found their balance and are certainly tired from the Champions League midweek match, in which they had to recover from a 0-2 deficit. But, overall, Lube’s campaign so far isn’t respectable and has seen as many as four defeats in eight matches. Until some point, this can be justified by the constant absence of Ivan Zaytsev on the court, not counting his brief entrances as a backup.
Croatian Petar Djirlić was Cisterna’s top scorer in the match with 20 points. Bulgarian Aleksandar Nikolov put down 14 for Lube.
2022-23 SuperLega Credem Banca – regular season, Round 7: