In front of 9,000 fans at the ‘Unipol Arena in Casalecchio di Reno, Cucine Lube Civitanova brought home their fifth Italian Cup with a four set victory over Diatec Trentino.
In the 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 25-20) victory, Osmany Juantorena earned the MVP selection after scoring 15 points in the match, that ended an eight year drought for the team. In total, it was the teams seventh Italian Cup final appearance, with other victories coming back in 2001, 2003, 2008 and 2009. Lube’s last two final’s appearances came in 2012 and 2013.
Lube’s Tsvetan Sokolov led all scoring with 20 points, while team captain Dragan Stakovic and Jiri Kovar each scored 11 apiece.
“Today we faced a huge challenge of our character and we had to ensure we played point for point, especially in the most difficult moments,” said coach Gianlorenzo Blengini.