Piacenza started the game with De Cecco, Fei, Zlatanov, Ogurcak, Holt, Simon and Marra.
Marra, despite the injury, completed a good match, Holt was the top scorer. Piacenza‘s block didn’t disappoint expectations. With 11 aces and 9 blocks Piacenza won the game easier.
The result (19-25, 15-25, 20-25) shows the difference of the two teams from the block (9 for Piacenza, only 3 for Gabrovo) and aces (11 aces Piacenza and 2 Gabrovo). Piacenza closes with 42% attack against 33% for the Bulgarians.
Luca Monti (coach Copra Elior Piacenza): “It was a tough game. An hour before the game, the hall was packed: it was a wonderful sight. Gabrovo definitely expected a different result. Copra Elior has played a good game: despite the many mistakes we have made, with 11 aces, and the good wall we managed to close the match in 3 sets. For the return match we must keep focus to optimize the result and get the qualification to the quarter finals.“
The rematch will be played next week.
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