Volleyball, A1 women’s final: Egonu records, Conegliano goes 1-0

The opposite scores 47 points, surpasses its record of points and pushes the Imoco to victory over an indomitable Novara. Race -2 on Tuesday in Piedmont

Conegliano-Novara 3-2 (23-25, 40-38, 26-24, 23-25, 15-9)

In the end it ends as expected with the Imoco taking the point and that Tuesday can go to close the Scudetto speech in Novara. But behind this match there is one of the most beautiful matches in the history of Italian volleyball. Where Novara played great, but Imoco eventually had an extra Egonu (capable of 47 points, the new record for the Italian championship after 5 years). Conegliano starts uphill immediately, presenting himself to this final with a baggage of 61 victories in a row and the last defeat in December 2019.

Free head

But Novara, as his coach Lavarini said, shows up on the pitch with a clear head and no awe. On the contrary, when thanks to a good turn and a perfect defense he is above 19-14, his head is not mounted. And he does not lose his clarity even when Conegliano dragged by Egonu (11 points and 58% in attack) comeback up to 19 all. Still with Hancock at bat he digs a break which then Bosetti (the best together with the wild Daalderop, 7 points) finalizes. Novara also unleashed in the second set: at most two points of distance between the teams and Santarelli forced to put his hand to the bench with Adams who takes the place of Sylla. Wolosz tries to vary the game as much as possible to not only have Egonu as an attack terminal, but the set remains in balance (19-19). This is the most beautiful set of the whole season with Novara that you have to eat your hands and also the braids of Chirichella. 9 (nine) set balls are canceled with at least two unused freeballs and on the seventh set ball closes the way to a very generous Bosetti. Pure spectacle even in the third set when Novara not only does not collapse after the missed opportunities of the previous set, but even raises its head. He also goes on the run in this partial, while Santarelli plays all the cards he can. Igor believes in it as hard as I can: it goes above 3 points, Caterina Bosetti is everywhere and Smarzek does great things making very few mistakes. Novara still has two set balls: but this time it is Sylla who closes the road and scores 2-1. However, Novara does not give up and starts to attack even in the fourth set. The Igor joke hurts and the Imoco goes under once again: 21-17 Igor. Conegliano begins the comeback, clinging to Egonu. Fahr’s ace (23-22) sets fire to the set. Before the Daalderop attack that splinters the nail of the Conegliano wall: 2-2. Novara remains attached to the match more than ever. The Imoco breaks, the Igor goes back up. Before Egonu’s blaze. On Tuesday in Piedmont race-2 can assign the title.

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