Ekaterina Antropova celebrates alongside teammate Marina Lubian as she leads Scandicci to the top of the Italian league standings.

Savino Del Bene Scandicci missed the opportunity to provisionally stand alone at the top of the standings in the Italian women's league, after dropping a point on Sunday at home to Bosca S.Bernardo Cuneo in a thrilling comeback win 3-2 (16-25, 22-25, 25-21, 25-19, 15-9).

The big match and highly anticipated game of the day, between archrivals Igor Gorgonzola Novara and Prosecco Doc Imoco Volley Conegliano was postponed after Covid-19 tests returned more than four positive results within the camp of defending champions and table leaders Conegliano.

The result sees Scandicci now tied with Conegliano at the top of the table on 34 points each, though they have played two matches more.

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Eighteen-year-old Ekaterina Antropova, who came in off the bench and started only in the last two sets, was named MVP of the match as she bagged the match high of 22 points to lead Scandicci - just one point over Cuneo's Sofya Kzunetsava of Russia.

Antropova's tally included four blocks and three aces plus 52% (15/29) in attack as Brazil's Ana Beatriz 'Bia' Correa added six stuffs.

Scandicci overturned an early lead of Cuneo in the tie-break with an amazing 11-2 run from 4-7 down to claim the two points.

It is Unet E-Work Busto Arsizio who are now in third place, after top scorer Alexa Gray of Canada (24 points) and MVP of the match Camilla Mingardi led them to a 3-1 (19-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-23) win on the road over bottom of the table Bartoccini Fortinfissi Perugia.

In other weekend matches, for Round 16 of the Regular Season, Alessia Orro produced an MVP-worthy setting performance to guide Vero Volley Monza to a 3-1 (21-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-19) win at home over Volley Bergamo, as USA's Khalia Lanier scored a match high of 22 points for the winners.

But the weekend high was a whopping 38 points by captain Lena Stigrot of Germany who powered Acqua & Sapone Roma Volley Club to a 3-2 (22-25, 31-29, 18-25, 25-19, 15-9) win at Cremona over Vbc Trasporti Pesanti Casalmaggiore.

Stigrot attacked for an impressive 53% (34/64), added four blocks and played a vital role in reception to earn the MVP of the match award.

Casalmaggiore had two opportunities to go two sets ahead, but blew both their set points at 25-24 and 29-28 in the second.

Elsewhere, Sylvia Nwakalor was named MVP of the match for registering the match high of 26 points as she led Il Bisonte of Florence to a 3-1 (25-16, 29-27, 11-25, 25-22) away win at Delta Despar Trentino who blew a 24-20 lead in the second and failed to draw level.

And Reale Mutua Fenera Chieri shut out Megabox Ondulati Del Savio Vallefoglia 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-22) at home, as captain Elan Pietrini came in off the bench to earn the MVP of the match award and Belgium's Kaja Grobelna shared the match high of 18 points with the visitors' Tatiana Kosheleva of Russia.

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