2018-2019 Italian SuperLega – Round 3
Azimut Leo Shoes Modena Def. BCC Castellana Grotte 3-2 (25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 20-25, 15-10)
- PalaFlorio, Bari
- Modena is 2-0 on 5 points; Castellana Grotte is 0-2 on 1 point
Modena was the first of the top 4 teams in Italy to slip up in the SuperLega, though they still prevailed with a victory. Though they dropped a point to BCC Castellana Grotte when they failed to complete a comeback in the 4th set. They were down 13-6 and pulled back to withing 2 points at 16-14 behind a Marco Pierotti’s run of 5 serves (including an ace).
After Max Holt’s 2-point performance last week in which he hit .000 (33%), he was not in the starting lineup for Modena. Though he entered the match in the 4th set and started the tie-break, replacing Daniele Mazzone (who scored 3 points). Holt finished with 3 kills and tied a team-high 3 blocks while hitting .500 (75%).
Micah Christenson matched Holt with 3 blocks for Modena. The American setter also contributed a kill and 3 aces from the service line. His team took a dip in attack efficiency from last week, only setting them to .254 (45%) hitting percentage.
Bartosz Bednorz scored 11 points from the outside hitter position with 10 kills and 1 block. He hit .250 (50%) with 5 errors in attack. His counterpart, Tine Urnaut, scored 8 points on 8 kills, but he committed 9 errors and hit -.029 (23%). Simone Anzani contributed 7 kills and 2 blocks to finish with 9 points in the win.
Ivan Zaytsev was the hot hand for Modena as they battled through a tie-break to get the victory. The Italian who came to Modena from Perugia in order to start at opposite led all players with 30 points. He put up 1 block at the net and hit 24 kills. His kills came with a .541 (65%) hitting percentage over 5 sets. He was also lethal from the service line, getting aces and apllying pressure to Castellana Grotte’s passers in servie receive. He served a match-high 24 balls and earned 5 aces. He was the obvous choice for the MVP of the match.
Aidan Zingel was the most impressive player for Castellana Grotte. The middle blocker scored 14 points on 8 kills and a match-high 6 blocks. He also hit .700 (80%) and his only blemish in attack was getting blocked once. Motjaba Mirzajanpour scored 16 points on 13 kills and 3 aces. Renan Buiatti chipped in 17 points as the opposite on 15 kills and 2 blocks, but he also committed 11 errors in attack. He finished with a .100 (38%) attack average.