There's no stopping Prosecco Doc Imoco Volley Conegliano, who thundered past archrivals Igor Gorgonzola Novara 3-0 (25-22, 28-30, 25-23) Thursday night to complete Round 3 of the Italian women's volleyball league and stay undefeated and on full points.
Conegliano unstoppable in Italy's women's league
Defending champions take down archrivals Novara for 68th consecutive win
Published 04:09, 22 Oct 2021
The absence of libero Monica de Gennaro was no problem as Lara Caravello stepped in to cover the gap in the most efficient way and scoring machine Paola Egonu delivered a match high of 23 points (and earned the MVP of the match award for her efforts).
Bulgaria's Hristina Vuchkova put up an impenetrable block and stopped Novara six times, while Poland's Joanna Wolosz again did a remarkable job in distributing the play for the defending champions.
Novara could have made things a bit different had they managed to convert four set points in the second as Conegliano came from behind to extend their overall lead.
It was Congliano's 68th win on the trot across all seasons and competiitons. They have not lost a match since December 2019 and now stand on full points at the top of the standings in the Italian League.
The only other undefeated side (also on full points) after three rounds of play are Unet E-Work Busto Arsizio who earlier had shut out Bartoccini-Fortinfissi Perugia 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-19) on the back of 16 points from Canada's Alexa Gray and another 15 from Camilla Mingardi.
Rossella Olivotto, who attacked for 60% (6/10) and added three blocks and an ace was given the MVP of the match award.
In other midweek action, Poland's Magdalena Stysiak scored 17 points to lead Vero Volley Monza to a solid 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-15) win on the road over Volley Bergamo.
And at Cuneo, Germany's Louisa Lippmann on 16 points alongside Elena Pietrini on 15 powered Savino Del Bene Scandicci to a 3-0 (26-24, 25-23, 26-21) win over Bosca San Bernardo - despite a match high of 18 points by France's Lucille Gicquel for the home side.
Brazil's Ana Correa 'Bia' Beatriz delivered six stuffs as Scandicci outblocked Cuneo 19 to 9.
Elsewhere, some well-distributed scoring all around had Megabox Ondulati Del Savio Vallefoglia registering their first win of the season, 3-1 (25-23, 16-25, 25-23, 25-17) at home in Urbino over Reale Mutua Fenera Chieri with libero Giada Cecchetto picking up the MVP of the match award.
And Il Bisonte of Florence stopped Delta Despar Trentino 3-1 (25-13, 17-25, 25-16, 25-19) afte Sylivia Nwakalor scored a match high of 19 points.
Twenty-one points by Malual Adhuoljok John Majak and another 20 by Brazil's Ellen Braga saw Vbc Trasporti Pesanti Casalmaggiore beat Acqua & Sapone Roma Volley Club 3-1 (26-24, 25-18, 23-25, 25-21) despite the match high of 23 by Belarus' Hanna Klimets.