Italian champions prevailed in the tie-break despite trailing 1-0 and 2-1 in sets 3-2 (22-25, 25-23, 17-25, 25-21, 15-11). They missed some major players, who were resting after the 2016 Rio Olympics, such as Earvin Ngapeth, Maxwell Holt, Matteo Piano…
Nigerian-born Samuel Onwelo highlighted in Modena with 21 points, followed by Serbian Nemanja Petrić and newcomer Swan Ngapeth (13 pts. each).
In Ravenna, Puerto Rican Maurice Torres was the best scorer with 14 points.
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