San Giovanni Marignano, a team located in a town of the same name which houses only 9000 inhabitants, has just won the 2018 A2 Italian Cup over favorites Piedmontese Lamm Bam Mondovi. The final score of the game was 3-1 (25-23, 24-26, 27-25, 25-18) in favor Marignano, with Elisa Zanette leading the way with 25 points.
The club penned an emotional chronicle in its official website recalling its Cinderella run:
“Once upon a time ……
Yes, all tales start more or less like that. What we are about to tell you is a beautiful story, although we are not talking about Snow White or Cinderella, but Battistelli Volley.
On a Sunday in February that will remain in history for San Giovanni in Marignano, the team of Coach Saja, in one of the temples of sport, Paladozza of Bologna, surpassed a fierce LPM BAM Mondovì, and amazed everyone by wining the A2 Italian Cup. The merits of this extraordinary victory does not go to a single player but to the entire team, a team that with stubbornness managed to reach this historic goal, working intensely day after day, facing and overcoming the difficulties presented to it along the path.
Great merit also to those of the technical and medical staff, and to the entire team that is is committed every day to ensure that the whole “machine” works best. Thanks also to all the sponsors who allowed all of this.
And they all lived happily ever after…”
Marignano, which started in Serie C in 2013, quickly rose up the ranks of Italian volleyball, being promoted to Serie B1 and then A2, and now has a real chance in April to gain promotion into Italy’s A1 league.
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