It’s going to be a big weekend in the SuperLega Credem Banca, with two teams involved in the race to qualify for the playoffs and another two fighting to avoid relegation as the regular season comes to an end. The Lega Pallavollo Serie A1 Femminile is also entering the final stage of the regular season as teams work to improve their situations ahead of the start of the postseason.
What's On: Your guide to this week's best LIVE matches
Here’s what to look out for from March 8-14 in volleyball and beach volleyball
Published 09:51, 08 Mar 2023
Beach volleyball returns to action this week as well, with the Brazilian National Tour starting its 2023 season in Maringá and featuring some of the best players in the country and the King of the Court event making a stop in Miami, USA, and reuniting some of the international stars of the sport.
Here’s everything you won’t want to miss over the next seven days:
Lega Pallavolo Serie A1 Femminile: E-Work Busto Arsizio vs. Savino Del Bene Scandicci – 19:00 local time (18:00 UTC)
The 22nd round of the Lega Pallavolo Serie A1 Femminile begins in the middle of the week with the duel between E-Work Busto Arsizio and Savino Del Bene Scandicci. Busto, who have Brazilian Olympic medallist Rosamaria Montibeller as a key player, are in the middle of the battle for a spot in the playoffs, ranking seventh in the standings with 31 points (ten wins) while Scandicci are safe in second place (53 points, 17 wins), but still aim to catch league leaders Prosecco Doc Imoco Volley Conegliano before the end of the regular season.
Brazilian Beach Volleyball Tour
The 2023 season of the Brazilian Beach Volleyball Tour begins in the city of Maringá, located in the southern region of the country. The first of nine events scheduled for the year, which runs until Sunday, will feature several Beach Pro Tour regulars, such as Andre Loyola/George Wanderley and Vitor Felipe/Renato Lima on the men’s side and Eduarda ‘Duda’ Lisboa/Ana Patricia Ramos and Carolina Salgado/Bárbara Seixas among the women.
Indonesian League Final Four
The third and final round of the Indonesian League Final Four begins, with one match in each gender – the women’s encounter reuniting the Bandung BJB and the Gresik Petrokimia at 9:00 UTC and the men’s duel between Jakarta STIN BIN and Surabaya Samator at 11:30 UTC. The top two teams in the Final Four will play in the league’s Grand Final.
King of the Court Miami
On their way to Mexico to compete in next week’s Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Challenge event in La Paz, a handful of elite international beach volleyball teams will make a stop in Miami to appear in the King of the Court event held in Florida from Thursday to Sunday. Among the teams that will take part in the event are Italy’s Daniele Lupo/Enrico Rossi, Canada’s Sam Schachter/Dan Dearing, Germany’s Julia Sude/Isabel Schneider and Czech Republic’s Barbora Hermannová/Marie-Sara Stochlova. King of the Court - Miami Beach 2023
Polish Women's League: ŁKS Łódź vs. Bielsko-Biala – 19:00 local time (18:00 UTC)
Polish Women's League leaders ŁKS Łódź will be in action in the 19th round of the tournament’s regular season against Bielsko-Biala. The team from Łódź, which features Brazilian Olympic medalist Roberta Ratzke and Polish international Zuzanna Górecka in its squad, is still undefeated in the league with 16 wins. Bielsko-Biala are fourth with 11 wins and six losses.
Lega Pallavolo Serie A1 Femminile: Reale Mutua Fenera Chieri vs. Vero Volley Milano – 19:45 local time (18:45 UTC)
Two teams that fight to have homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs of the Lega Pallavolo Serie A1 Femminile, Reale Mutua Fenera Chieri and Vero Volley Milano clash in the opening match of the weekend in Italy. The teams are separated by only four points – Milano are third with 46 (15 wins) and Chieri are fifth with 42 (14 wins) – and could collide early in the playoffs if they remain around the same positions at the end of the regular season. While Chieri will focus their offense on Belgian outside hitter Kaja Grobelna, Milano have American superstar Jordan Larson as a key player.
SuperLega Credem Banca: Allianz Milano vs. Gioiella Prisma Taranto – 18:00 local time (17:00 UTC)
Allianz Milano depend only on their own efforts to secure the last spot in the SuperLega Credem Banca playoffs and will try to do it with a home victory against Gioiella Prisma Taranto, who also have a lot to play for as they are strongly threatened by relegation. While the team of Japanese star outside Yuki Ishikawa is eighth in the standings with 27 points (nine wins), Taranto, who will need a great performance from veteran outside hitter Oleg Antonov, are 11th with 16 points (five wins).
Brazilian Women’s Superliga: EC Pinheiros vs. SESC RJ Flamengo – 18:00 local time (21:00 UTC)
Currently ranked seventh in the standings (27 points, ten wins), EC Pinheiros are just one win away from securing a spot in the playoffs of the Brazilian Women’s Superliga. The team of former Brazilian national team middle blocker Mara Leao will try clinch their berth against fourth-placed SESC RJ Flamengo, who have Canadian national team setter Brie King and veteran middle blocker Juciely Barreto as their most popular faces.
CEV Women’s Champions League Quarterfinals
The quarterfinal round of the CEV Women’s Champions League is set to begin, with all four matches happening on the same day. Two duels between Italians and Turkish will begin at 17:00 UTC with Prosecco Doc Imoco Volley Conegliano facing Fenerbache Opet Istanbul and Vero Volley Milano meeting VakifBank Istanbul. One hour later, a third Turkish side, Eczacibasi Dynavit Istambul, will play against Poland’s Developres Rzeszów. The fourth and final duel will start at 19:00 UTC and will reunite Italy’s Igor Gorgonzola Novara and Germany’s Allianz MTV Stuttgart.