Prato wins Reggio Emilia. Great test of character from Nuti’s team, who won with character, determination and quality on the FOS Wimore pitch after their first home defeat. A non-trivial victory also because of the way it unfolded, as Prato was able to secure two hard-fought first sets and then win the third with ease.
News – Ariete with Stiaffini and Fanelli diagonally, Cecchi and Piccini in the center, Saletti and Nesi in attack and Conticini libero. Excellent start for Ariete who moved to 4-8 thanks to a good attack from Saletti. Then Reggio came back and took advantage of several indecisions on the part of the guests (7:8). Saletti was again in the hands and got the double advantage, but Prato was caught again and then defeated (11-10), and Ariete brought Nuti. Prato is good at not falling apart in difficult times (14-14). The game is now even (16-16). The first team to take the new lead was Reggio (19-17). At the same time, the home girls won for 20-17 and Nuti time. When he returned to the pitch, Fanelli struck and Nesi was eliminated in the 19th minute. Prato overtook the score at 20-21, and this time it was the home bench that made the decision. A scene that was repeated a few points later (20-23). Reggio didn’t give up and got back on track (22-23), but here Prato was good at not getting caught up in the rush and finishing with Saletti’s lob.
In the second set, Reggio started decisively (2:0 and 4:2). The home break was deep, also thanks to some balls contested by Prato (8-4). Ace from Piccini (8-6). Aries who were patient and also won long actions by returning to contact (9-8 and 12-12). At the Prato overtaking station (12-14) time for the home bench. At the restart reception of the Prato dancer and new parity. Reggio continues to lead (18-16) and Ariete recovers (18-18). Now a very nice and selective challenge. Cecchi in the first half for 20-20. Ace Saletti for 21-22 and changes to the Reggio home team. Nesi strong for 22-23. Ariete made it 22-24, but Reggio got back to within a point and Nuti called for time. Wall against Fanelli and parity. Nesi again for 24-25. Draw in the first half. Great Saletti closure.
In the third round, Prato was immediately strong and Reggio was quick (2-9). Ariete, who now hammered from all positions and played with great composure. Reggio seemed to have lost confidence (4-14). Home game time. At the restart, Prato extends the lead (5-18). Closing at 1 p.m.
FOS Wimore CVR Reggio Emilia – Ariete PVP Volleyball Prato 0-3 (23-25, 25-27, 13-25)
(Source: press release)