Prosecco Doc Imoco Volley Conegliano went down in the history books Sunday evening when they twice came back from a set down to squeeze past Bosca S.Bernardo Cuneo 3-2 (22-25, 25-15, 20-25, 25-18, 15-8) in Round 7 of the Italian women's league before some 3,000 home and travelling fans at Cuneo.
Conegliano make history with epic Italy league win
Defending champions tie Vakifbank's Guinness World Record with 73rd win on the trot
Published 08:41, 14 Nov 2021
Conegliano will now move to take sole ownership of the record, as they eye their 74th win, at home next weekend, against Delta Despar Trentino.
They have not lost since going down to Perugia on 12 December 2019.
Congeliano had already tied the all-time Italian league record of 72 consecutive wins held by the legendary Teodora Ravenna side between 1985 and 1987, when they shut out Reale Mutua Fenera Chieri 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-22) in midweek action (in a Round 12 match brought forward).
But Conegliano were made to work hard for their achievement on Sunday.
Already trailing Cuneo by a set at the beginning of the match, Conegliano came from 12-14 behind in the second with an incredible 12-0 run to draw level.
It was another astonishing 6-0 from 8-7 up that decided the tie-break, as 18-year-old Georgia Frosini came on off the bench to apply the pressure from the service line.
A match high of 30 points by Paola Egonu was good to see Conegliano through, as the defending champions outblocked Cuneo 17 to 5.
With their win at Cuneo, Conegliano extended their record in this season's league to 8-0 and stand at the top of the standings on 21 points - but Igor Gorgonzola Novara are keeping up the chance, now trailing by four points with a match less.
Novara picked up their sixth win seven matches with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-20) sweep of Volley Bergamo on the road, Sunday night.
Turkey's Ebrar Karakurt bagged the match high of 16 points and USA's Haleigh Washington added three blocks - though Novara found little resistance from Bergamo.
In other Round 7 action, Savino Del Bene Scandicci moved past Reale Mutua Fenera Chieri 3-1 (26-24, 25-20, 18-25, 25-16) to consolidate third place in the standings.
Germany's Louisa Lippmann led the scoring with 19 points and Brazil's Ana Beatriz 'Bia' Corea got in five blocks while attacking for 86% (6/7) in the middle.
Meanwhile, Vero Volley Monza remaind on par with Scanidicci on 14 points, after Belgium's Lise Van Hecke scored 27 points Including four aces and three blocks) in just three sets for a 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-22) win on the road over Acqua & Sapone Roma Volley Club.
And Unet E-Work Busto Arsizio downed Il Bisonte of Florence 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-20) as Camilla Mingardi scored 20 points and Rossella Olivotto added five blocks.
Elsewhere, over the weekend, Bartoccini Fortinfissi Perugia shut out bottom of the table Delta Despar Trentino 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-19) at Trento on the back of 20 points by Anastasia Guerra.
And Vbc Trasporti Pesanti Casalmaggiore outplayed Megabox Ondulati Del Savio Vallefoglia 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-22) with Russia's Yana Shcherban contributing a match high of 19 points.