Miriam Sylla invents a penalty stuns the entire opposing defense, Paola Egonu sends out the decisive attack: the Imoco Volley Conegliano is the champion of Italy for the third time in its history, the second year in a row. If the first two matches of the finals were one-way, to resolve Race 3 serves in the tie-break: the merits of the Igor Gorgonzola Novara that manages to rise up again, also the set less balanced in the last 20 years (the 25-11 third is a record equaled in the final) and get back into the game, dragged from one Egonu again devastating (33 points).
In the fifth set are the novara to get a hold of the game, but from 5-8 go back to the panthers, clinging to the force of despair, to the braccione of Samanta Fabris (22) and the contribution of those who till that time had recorded less: Anna Danish , and the same Sylla, who is the most beautiful act a Kimberly Hill extraordinary for the four sets. In short, Conegliano wins as a team and prove you deserve the title, even from the point of view of emotion and of character, on the plan of the numbers: only victories in the playoffs, just 4 losses in the regular season. This has happened in 2014 that a team won two league titles in a row: another small record for the yellow and blue.
And now, after kisses, trains and Prosecco flowing, it is again time to get back in the gym: the season will end in the most spectacular way possible on Saturday, may 18, when the two great rivals will meet again in front of Berlin for the Super Finals of the Champions League.
1st SET – Great emotion for the national anthem performed by the band of the alps, Conegliano. The Imoco retrieves Folie for the bench, but confirmation for the rest of the sextet of the first two challenges; Barbolini, instead, gives me confidence from the beginning to the Piccinini to the place of Plak. The first point in the race puts him to sign the Picci to the wall, but Egonu made his debut with 3 errors in attack that have the Imoco the break 6-2. A series of defenses amazing allows Hill to sign the 10-5; Igor does not succeed to find the exits and offensive Danish towers for the 14-7. Egonu is unlocked, but the panthers are now fleeing (17-9) and fly on the 20-11 with the wild Hill. The final part is downhill, and the set ended on an error, batting Veljkovic: 25-16.
2nd SET – There is confusion in the boot and you can see even an incredible batting from the bottom of the Danes; Egonu takes advantage of it to give to Igor the first advantage (3-5). Novara also manages to extend thanks to a double Wolosz (6-9), but this was all with two errors in attack for the 9-9. Egonu we try again (11-13), the reaction of Hill and De Kruijf is deadly: two points for the 15-13. Novara, who in the meantime has replaced the Pugs with the Room, this time not to the spring and finds equality in the 17-17 with Bartsch, resisting also to the potential hit to ko a ace of Tirozzi (20-18). You get tied on 22-22: Egonu shoves two consecutive attacks, and power of attorney to the Igor the first two set-point of the entire series. The same Egonu missed the joke, but then realized the second chance by signing the 23-25.
3° SET – the Room confirmed a sextet for Novara, but it is the reaction of Conegliano to do evil: Sylla and Hill sign immediately the 5-2, De Kruijf extends to the wall (7-3) and again Hill makes the void in the batting for the 12-5, in spite of the entry of Nizetich for Piccinini. The Igor does not shake, on the contrary: the advantage of Imoco rise (15-7) until you get into the double digits on the 18-8 thanks to a sensational Hill. The guests are in confusion and are also undergoing the ace of the young Fersino for the 21-9, to capitulate on the attack of 25-11 Sylla.
4° SET – Novara (Pugs again in the direction) part with more determination, is the ace of 4-5 with Chirichella and also the break of 6-8 thanks to a double error of the Danes, which is replaced by the Folie. Piccinini hole in the wall for the 7-10 and Santarelli has to stop the game; the return was one of the most 4 on the wall of Egonu. The Imoco errs too much in the batting (10-14) and the out of Sylla gave Novara the maximum advantage: 11-16. The Igor takes confidence and it stings to the service, Chirichella walls and Egonu stick for 14-21; Hill and Fabris, do not give up, but still Egonu stops the mini-comeback (17-22). The Imoco, we believe up to the 20-23, then the opposite azzurra gets 4 set point and the error of Lowe sends the challenge to the tie break.
5th SET – The Igor continues to hit on the wave of the previous set: the set opens with two walls of Veljkovic and Piccinini, and continues with three attacks of winning Egonu for the 2-5. To change the field Novara is ahead 5-8, but the Imoco returned with an error of the opposite (7-8), which then also takes a soccer ball to the eye on the wall of the Danes. You continue and Veljkovic sends out the attack 9-9: everything must be redone. In the very strained point-to-point following, the Igor always has the head on, but in the 13-13 is the re-winning of Sylla to deliver the championship point in Conegliano: Egonu sends out and the Imoco is the champion.
Imoco Volley Conegliano-Igor Gorgonzola Novara 3-2 (25-16, 23-25, 25-11, 20-25, 15-13)
IMOCO VOLLEY CONEGLIANO: Sylla 12, Denmark 3, Fabris, 22, Hill 19, De Kruijf 12, Wolosz, De Gennaro (L), Tirozzi 1, Fersino 1, Lowe 1, Folie 1, Bechis. Do not enter: Rodriguez, Moretto. All. Santarelli.
IGOR GORGONZOLA NOVARA: Bartsch 10, Veljkovic 8, Egonu 33, Piccinini 4, Chirichella 5, Carlini 1, Sansonna (L), Plak 1, Nizetich, Zannoni, Room. Do not enter: the Bike, Tired. All. Barbolini.
REFEREES: Vagni, Zavater.
NOTES – Spectators: 5344, Duration of the set: 22′, 27′, 21′, 27′, 19′; Tot: 116′.