Aaron Russell and Uros Kovacevic led Trentino over Sora.
Russia claimed its place in the World Championships final six with a sweep of Finland, behind 18 points by substitute Victor Polataev. Italy rested all of its starters and still came out with a 3-1 win over the Netherlands to remain atop the group.
Italy has whittled their roster from 16 to 14, including the elimination of an Olympic silver medalist. (Superstar Ivan Zaytsev, above, is included in the team).
Simone Anzani (above) and Italy will play a pair of friendlies against world #25 the Netherlands in early August.
Trentino has made significant upgrades on the court this season, and the club is trusting their coach Angelo Lorenzetti to lead them into the future
It was far from a clean game, but the United States got three points with a sweep of Italy in its VNL finale to claim third place in the standings through the preliminary round.
Korea dominated the offensive side of the ball and Italy excelled at the net before the Italians eventually hung on for the five-set victory. In a match featuring three deuce sets, all in extra points, a 12-kill advantage was the difference in a four-set Australian win.
Diatec Trentino’s super-team project for the 2017-18 season back-pedaled, but much like Modena, the team’s roster actually looks much better now, and 2018 may just be the year its plans for greatness take-off
After scoring the majority of Italy’s points thus far in the VNL, Osmany Juantorena and Ivan Zaytsev will not be travelling with the team to Osaka, Japan in Week 3.
Sir Safety Perugia fended off a late surge from lube Civitanova to win game 3 of the SuperLega finals series. They now lead 3-1 in the best of 7 series. Aleksander Atanasijevic wins MVP.