Sir Safety Perugia have defeated Lube Civitanova in the Game 4 of the semifinals and closed the series by 3-1 in wins!!! It means that the Block Devils will play in the Serie A1 Finals for the second time in their history!
Pala Evangelisti was fully packed for the Game 4! The fans were very aware that their team need just one more step to advance to the big finals, so they came in large number to help out the players. And, together, they have done it!
Sir Safety Perugia have been a dominant side from the first to the last point! They seized the opening set by 25:20, while the following one was just a bit more close. Simply because Lube Civitanova managed to return from 11:16 to take the lead at 17:16 (!!!), mostly thanks to amazing serves and spikes of Ivan Miljković. However, Perugia quickly regained their foccus. The hosts got back in front and finished the set by a block-out spike – 25:23.
The third and the final set was the most exciting. Perugia were constantly in the lead, but Lube managed to reduce the margin to just 20:19 and a few moments later to tie the score at 23:23!!! The hosts scored the following point for 24:23 and then had a counter-attack to finish the match… But, the visitors managed to defend themselves and to equalize at 24:24.
The next point was perhaps the crucial one. Lube had a counter-attack and they organized a perfect play… Micah Christenson placed a ball for Marko Podraščanin who made a good spike… But, Perugia defense miraculously kept the ball above the floor, while Aaron Russell scored a point from the second team ball-touch – 25:24!!!
Perugia did not use their second match point – 25:25 – but they did use the third one – 26:25. After a great serve, Lube could not organize a good attacking play, so they set the ball to Ivan Miljković, who was far away from the net. He spiked the ball out of bounds – 27:25!
It was over. Perugia have qualified for the Serie A1 Finals.
PLAY OFF – SEMIFINALS / SEMIFINAL 1
|Game||Date/Time||Teams||Set||Result per set||Stats||Videos|
|1st game||09. 04. 2016 18:00||Cucine Lube Banca Marche CIVITANOVA||vs||Sir Safety Conad PERUGIA||2:3||25:20; 20:25; 22:25; 25:18; 13:15||STAT||VIDEO|
|2nd game||12. 04. 2016 20:15||Sir Safety Conad PERUGIA||vs||Cucine Lube Banca Marche CIVITANOVA||3:0||30:28; 25:20; 25:14||STAT||VIDEO|
|3rd game||21. 04. 2016 20:30||Cucine Lube Banca Marche CIVITANOVA||vs||Sir Safety Conad PERUGIA||3:2||22:25; 25:18; 14:25; 27:25; 16:14||STAT||VIDEO|
|4th game||24. 04. 2016 20:30||Sir Safety Conad PERUGIA||vs||Cucine Lube Banca Marche CIVITANOVA||3:0||25:20, 25:23, 27:25|
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