It is difficult to describe everything that happened in PalaOlimpia this Wednesday evening. This was one of those games that you MUST WATCH! A two-and-a-half volleyball battle between world-class teams. It is indeed pity that one of them had to lose.
Let’s start from the beginning.
Perugia won the opening two sets and got just a step away from winning the Game 5 of this incredible quarterfinal series. However, Verona stormed through the third set and reduced the margin to 1-2. Then, the home team performed just a stunning comeback.
It was 19:14 for Perugia in the fourth set and everything looked like the visitors will close the match. But, Verona scored 5 points in a row and tied the score at 19:19!!! Two sides remained all tied until 21:21 when Verona scored two points in a row and escaped to 23:21! The hosts did not missed this big opportunity – 25:23. The overall result was 2-2 in wins, 2-2 in sets!
With enormous psychological boost that they gained by winning the fourth set, Verona had a flying start of the tie-break – 7:4! However, the things were just getting interested in PalaOlimpia. Perugia tied the score at 7:7, Verona escaped to 10:8, Perugia equalized at 11:11!
The hosts reached the first match point – 14:13, but the visitors answered – 14:14. Verona had one more match point – 15:14, but Emanuele Birarelli tied the score with a great spike – 15:15. Then, it was time for Perugia to seize the lead.
The away crew made another good service, which brough them a counter-attack. Aleksandar Atanasijević made a spike… Verona managed to keep the ball above the floor somehow. However, the hosts could not organize a good attacking play, so Taylor Sander had to spike from a very difficult position against a triple block… Aleksandar Atanasijević was the one who blocked the American – 15:17! 2-3!
Perugia have advanced to the Semi-Finals where they will face Lube!
PLAYOFFS / QUARTERFINALS
|Game||Date/Time||Teams||Set||Result per set||Stats||Videos|
|1st game||10. 03. 2016 20:30||Calzedonia VERONA||vs||Sir Safety Conad PERUGIA||2:3||26:24; 25:20; 17:25; 21:25; 10:15||STAT||VIDEO|
|2nd game||13. 03. 2016 18:00||Sir Safety Conad PERUGIA||vs||Calzedonia VERONA||3:0||25:17; 25:23; 25:20||STAT||VIDEO|
|3rd game||23. 03. 2016 20:30||Calzedonia VERONA||vs||Sir Safety Conad PERUGIA||3:2||23:25; 25:22; 25:20; 20:25; 15:11||STAT||VIDEO|
|4th game||27. 03. 2016 17:00||Sir Safety Conad PERUGIA||vs||Calzedonia VERONA||2:3||25:17; 25:27; 24:26; 25:18; 12:15||STAT||VIDEO|
06. 04. 2016. 20:30
|Calzedonia VERONA||vs||Sir Safety Conad PERUGIA||2:3||20:25, 24:26, 25:18, 25:23, 15:17|
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