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Women’s volleyball, Serie A1 2022 Day 26. Conegliano-Novara: sprint for first place. Five-a-side race for salvation


Last day of screaming for the regular season of the women’s A1 series with some no-appeal sprints concerning first place, positions from sixth to eighth and relegation, which involves five teams and will penalize the last two of the class. All matches have a meaning for the composition of the final standings and will be played tomorrow, Saturday 2 April, at 20.30.

We start from the summit with the only dangerous intersection that sees the home team in front of Bergamo that currently occupies the fourth last place with only one point ahead of the penultimate place and Imoco Conegliano who, in addition to warming up the engines in given a season finale that promises to be electrifying, he absolutely needs the 3 points to seal the first place in the standings, conquered with much more difficulty than in previous years. With 3 points Conegliano is sure of first place, with 3 points Bergamo is sure of salvation, in between there are a lot of possibilities.

Derby that promises to be of a high level is the one scheduled in Chieri between Reale Mutua Fenera and Igor Gorgonzola Novara. The hosts occupy the sixth place and must defend themselves from the assault of Il Bisonte Firenze that follows them at 2 points to defend the position. Lavarini’s team, on the other hand, with the victory in recovery on Thursday in Perugia, has hooked Conegliano at the top of the standings but, for the set quotient, it will not be enough for Novara to win by three points, even 3-0, on the Chieri field for close the regular season in first place, to obtain which igor Gorgonzola will need to score one point more than the Venetian ones.

Desperate situation, in the safety zone, for Acqua and Sapone Roma who, after the home defeat in recovery on Wednesday against Vallefoglia, face the away match on the field of Savio Vallefoglia’s Megabox Ondulati who is already certain of staying in the top flight. For the Romans, however, the victory is not enough because, in addition to the three-point success in the Marche region, they need defeats without scoring points from Perugia and with at most one point from Trento. In short: eyes and mind on the field but also “ear to the radio”, as they used to say, for the capitoline, called to overturn an almost compromised situation.

Very complicated situation also for Despar Trentino which occupies the penultimate position and which needs to score three points in the game which is anything but simple between the friendly walls with the Vero Volley Monza third in the standings, hoping that one between Bergamo, Perugia and Casalmaggiore do not win. On the one hand there will be a Trentino highly motivated to complete the salvation comeback, on the other there is a Vero Volley that is already certain of the third final place and that could already start thinking about the quarter-finals of the Scudetto play-offs. Certainly the balance of motivations is all shifted to the landlords.

At the moment outside the relegation zone there are the Bartoccini Fortinfissi Perugia who, during the week, failed the first match ball to stay in A1 and now is third from last with 20 points and the VBC Trasporti Pesanti Casalmaggiore which has 21 points but not can still sleep soundly. The two teams find themselves facing Casalmaggiore in a match with a thousand implications, the outcome of which may also be conditioned by what happens on the other fields and which could transform, along the way, even into a real play-off for the permanence in the maximum. series.

There is seventh place up for grabs in the long-distance challenge between Bosca San Bernardo Cuneo, currently eighth at 36 points and Il Bisonte Firenze, currently seventh with 38 points, still in the running for sixth place too, given that Chieri is at an altitude. 40. The Florentines face the Tuscan derby on the field of Savino del Bene Scandicci who takes the field within the friendly walls with the certainty of closing the regular season in fourth place and therefore with rather limited motivations. The Piedmontese, on the other hand, host the Unet E-Work Busto Arsizio which is already certain to finish fifth in the standings and to face Scandicci in the fourth play-offs. Here, too, the balance of motivations leans sharply in favor of the Bosca San Bernardo.

Photo LiveMedia / Letizia Valle