June 3, 2023

MONZA – The first game of the Final Round of the Lega Pallavolo live Serie A1 Femminile contained all of the elements that one would anticipate from a match played at this level, including drama, suspense, big plays, star performances, and excitement right up until the final ball was kicked out of play.

First-time finalists Vero Volley Monza claimed victory in front of over 5,000 fans at the Palaverde, in Treviso, and upset defending champions Prosecco Doc Imoco Volley Conegliano 3-2 (25-23, 15-25, 19-25, 25-16, 15-13) to start the best-of-five series that will determine the 2021-2022 Italian League champions. The winner of this series will be the team that finishes first in the 2021-2022 Italian League.

When they host the second match of the Final Round on Tuesday at 20.30 CET / 18.30 GMT, the team that is coached by Marco Gaspari will have a fantastic opportunity to extend their lead in the series to 2-0 and move to within just one win of claiming their first national title. This will take place at the Monza Arena, which will be the location of the match.

Conegliano and Monza are currently ranked first and third, respectively, in the Italian League regular season. Both teams have been involved in exciting matches this year, with Conegliano emerging victorious in the first matchup of the season against Monza by a score of 3-2, but Monza coming back to win the last two matches in a row (including the result from yesterday) in preparation for Tuesday’s matchup.

After starting the third match of the semifinals against Igor Gorgonzola Novara on the bench, the Belgian opposite Lise Van Hecke returned to Monza’s starting lineup against Conegliano and did so in excellent form. She led the team’s offence with 23 points (22 kills, one block), including the game-winner, and she was voted the match’s MVP.

“We anticipated this first match would be challenging because they had the entire week to prepare and we didn’t,” said Anna Danesi, the middle blocker for Monza. Her team only advanced to the Finals on Wednesday. “The long season has undoubtedly taken its toll on our bodies, but we fought right up to the very end. Conegliano committed a few errors that worked out in our favor, but we can’t count on it happening again in the future. We can’t wait to play the second leg in front of our home crowd, which will be there in full force.

Another player who came off the bench against Novara, the Belarusian outside hitter Hanna Davyskiba responded effectively as a starter. She produced 15 points (13 kills and two aces), which was one point more than her fellow outside hitter and most valuable player at the Tokyo Olympics, Jordan Larson. Danesi, the captain of Monza, was not only the finest blocker in the Italian League up to this time, but he also had a productive night, scoring ten points (seven kills, three blocks).

“I know I can trust on all of the players on our team since they are mature and respectful,” our coach, Gaspari, stated. “After such a long and draining series against Novara, I didn’t want to risk playing (outside hitter Alessia) Gennari and (opposite Magdalena) Stysiak, especially when Van Hecke and Davyskiba both did so well,” said the coach. We knew that if we let (Conegliano’s setter Joanna) Wolosz get a hold of the ball, we wouldn’t have a chance to win, so we made it a priority to keep it out of her hands. However, we haven’t accomplished anything as of yet, and we need to maintain the same mentality till the finish of the series.

Paola Egonu, the star opposite for Conegliano, led all scorers with 29 points (25 kills, two blocks, and two aces). However, Conegliano’s star opposite wasn’t in her best form during the tie-breaker, when she was responsible for three of her team’s five faults.

Middle blocker Raphaela Folie was the only other player for Conegliano to score in double digits, tallying 12 points. Egonu was the only other player to accomplish so (11 kills, one block).

The libero for Conegliano, Monica De Gennaro, had this to say about the first set: “I guess we were a little too anxious in the first set and we made some mistakes.” “Our passing, blocking, and defense all improved as the match progressed, which contributed to our improved play in the second and third sets.

We had a momentary lapse of concentration, which ultimately cost us the fourth set, and in the tie-breaker, we ought not to have committed the errors that allowed Monza to get back into the match. It’s going to be a long series, but the most important thing is that we win one of the games away from home. It doesn’t matter how we accomplish it; what matters is that we win. “We’ll make sure that we understand what we did wrong tonight, but we’ll definitely need to be more aggressive on Tuesday.” “We’ll make sure that we understand what we did wrong tonight.”

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