Captain Cristina Chirichella attacked for 62% (8/13) and added two blocks and an ace for a total 11 points to be named MVP of the match as she led Igor Gorgonozola Novara to a quick 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-13) sweep of bottom-of-the-table Delta Despar Trentino at home before 1,300 fans in Round 11 of the Italian women's league.
Chirichella leads Novara as they close in on top of Italian league
Scandicci, Busto Arsizio keep up the chase of table leaders
Published 08:33, 12 Dec 2021
Turkey's Ebrar Karakurt with 12 points was top scorer of the game as Novara have now closed in within three points of table leaders Prosecco Doc Imoco Volley Conegliano - with a match to spare.
Defending champions Conegliano will play their own Round 11 match against Il Bisonte of Florence (the side that brought an end to their world record winning streak earlier this month) in March 2022.
Conegliano are on their way to Ankara, where they will defend their title at the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship.
Earlier in the weekend, MVP Marina Lubian powered Savino Del Bene Scandicci to a 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-14) win on the road at Urbino over Megabox Ondulati Del Savio Vallefoglia to remain in third place of the standings.
Lubian was top scorer of the game as she attacked for 75% (9/12), served two aces and added another two blocks for a total of 13 points.
Elsewhere, Unet E-Work Busto Arsizio kept up with Scandicci following a 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-23) shutout of Acqua & Sapone Roma Volley Club at home before 1,300 fans.
Romania's Adelina Ungureanu was MVP of the match, after coming in off the bench in the first set and staying on to score 11 points with a 64% (9/14) attacking efficiency - though her teammates Alexa Gray of Canada and Camilla Mingardi shared the match high on 15 points each.
And Reale Mutua Fenera Chieri also enjoyed a comfortable evening with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-22) win at home over Vbc Trasporti Pesanti Casalmaggiore on the back of a match high 18 points by Francesca Villani and an MVP performance by Alessia Mazzaro who added four blocks.
To wrap up the weekend, Bosca S.Bernardo Cuneo scored their fourth win of the season - a 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-19) affair over Volley Bergamo.
Middle blocker Federica Squarcini earned the MVP of the match award with 7/13 for 54% in attack plus two aces and two blocks, but France's Lucille Gicquel bagged the match high of 15 points after attacking for 57% (12/21) and adding three blocks.
Bartoccini Fortinfissi Perugia host Vero Volley Monza on Monday in the other match of Round 11, as the visitors aim to overtake both Scandicci and Busto Arsizio and return to third place.