Play Off Challenge, Cuneo vs Florence to get back on track
The adventure of Cuneo Granda San Bernardo The first playoff challenge in history begins at Palazzo Wanny in Florence, where the Cats will take on the Bisontines on Saturday 15th at 6pm on the first day of the first round of the competition. regular season The Bison Florence went two lengths ahead of Cuneo Granda S.Bernardo (30 to 28) and both matches between the two teams ended in a tie-break, with an away win for each side. A confrontation that therefore promises to be very even between two teams that started with different ambitions and are looking for a season finale that can change that negative judgment so far for the respective years. The second act of the challenge is scheduled for Wednesday 19th at 8:30 p.m. in the Cuneo sports hall.
Novara’s fourth-straight external KO ended a regular-season final that led to Cuneo Granda S.Bernardo only two points from four games and lots of blaming for missed opportunities. Even if the defeat in the Monza Arena was clear, the two home games lost in the tie-break with Scandicci and Busto Arsizio represent a great concern as they have matured and for the points left behind, which would have allowed for a better ending to the regular season and an easier path to the Challenge playoffs. The regret was then compounded by last Saturday’s Piedmontese derby defeat, in which coach Bellano’s side managed to come back after the second set and headed into the second round from an already secure fifth place in Novara’s regular season to be reunited the semi-finals of the Champions League against Eczacibasi.
Eighth place at the end of the first round, eleventh at the end of the second round, a Placement that does not reflect the potential of the group Red and White, challenged in the Challenge Playoffs to continually express themselves on levels previously touched only by lightning.
Sofia Kuznetsova: “In the matches with Florence, more quality and fewer mistakes will be required than in the last few games. Firenze is a team that works well in block and defence; We have to vary the shots in attack and express our best volleyball, which is not the one of the last games. Let’s glean useful lessons from the regular season finale and approach these playoff challenges with the awareness that we can have our say.
(Source: press release Wedge Granda volleyball)