Kamil Rychlicki of Luxembourg produced an MVP performance, lifting Sir Safety Conad Perugia to a 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-13) sweep of Tonno Callipo Calabria Vibo Valentia which allows them to close in on table leaders Cucine Lube Civitanova at the top of the standings after Round 10 of the Italian men's volleyball league.
Rychlicki helps Perugia close in on Italy league leaders Lube
Race at the top gets tight after latest weekend action
Published 08:03, 05 Dec 2021
Inspired by an almost 2,000-strong crowd at home in the PalaBarton, he scored ten points (including two aces and two blocks) to lead Perugia, who now trail Lube by just three points and two matches to spare.
The only other players across both sides to score in double digits was Cuba-born Poland international Wilfredo Leon, who contributed a match high of 13 points to Perugia's tally.
Lube had played their own Round 10 match last month, beating Gioiella Prisma Taranto in straight sets.
Lube, alongside Itas Trentino (who also played their Round 10 match last month for a 3-1 win over Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza and remain solidly in third place of the standings) are now in Brazil, ahead of the 2021 FIVB Volleyball Men's Club World Championship which begins Tuesday.
Elsewhere over the weekend Allianz Milan dispatched Kioene Padova 3-1 (25-21, 25-21, 17-25, 26-24) at home after USA's Thomas Jaeschke scored 18 points to counter the eight blocks for Padova by Marco Vitelli.
And Verona Volley scored a 3-1 (25-16, 25-17, 22-25, 25-20) win at home over Consar RCM Ravenna who are still in search of their first win of the season.
Mads Kyed Jensen of Denmark was top scorer of the game on 19 points and Rok Mozic of Slovenia added another 18, while Luca Spirito landed six blocks to lead Verona.
In the only five-setter of the weekend, Leo Shoes PerkinElmer Modena spectacularly came back from two sets down to outlast Top Volley Cisterna 3-2 (25-27, 19-25, 25-18, 25-18, 15-11) thanks to a match high of 24 points by the Netherlands' Nimir Abdel-Aziz who was awarded with the MVP of the match distinction.