The opening game of the Pool D between one of the most decorated clubs in the history of the #CLVolleyM Leo Shoes MODENA faced the sensational rookie of the previous season Kuzbass KEMEROVO. The match started on point-by-point basis, however both teams committed several mistakes serving with full risk. MODENA gained advantage at 13-10 that let them stay ahead. With powerful spikes from Zaytsev and ace from Karpukhov score was levelled at 19-19. After tight decisive part, but using the second set point, Luca Vettori's spike closed the set.
Andrea Giani's squad kept the momentum, working perfectly in block-defence they reached significant lead reaching a maximum advantage of nine points at 17-8. KEMEROVO tried to bounce back, but with first set point for MODENA coming at 24-18, it was too late. Luca Vettori again with the second set spiked successfully for the last point.
Both teams began the third part very motivated, delivering some spectacular rallies. MODENA enjoyed advantage at 13-10, but Verbov's team were chasing the score to take a lead at 17-16 thanks to Sivozhelez impressive back-line spike. A thrilling point-by-point race ended with Zaycev on serving line. First after his serve, his teammates blocked Lavia to have a set point and then his ace gave them set win.
Modena struggled to find their rhythm, thus KEMEROVO easily jumped to 10-6. The Russian club were dominant in all elements. With solid team efforts, MODENA reduced the distance to one point at 19-20. A nail-biting battle led to tie at 23-23. Christenson served ace, but then Ivan Zaycev denied their match point. Both teams struggled on serve again. Eventually, MODENA used 6th (!) match point to emerge victorious.
Micah Christenson: è stata una partita molto difficile ed equilibrata, giocata a punto a punto per almeno tre set. Siamo riusciti a vincerne due e per noi è stato un grandissimo passo in avanti, perché significa che abbiamo imparato dalle sconfitte in altre partite difficili, dove soffrivamo sul punto a punto nei finali di set, quindi siamo molto molto contenti".
Andrea Giani: "It’s been a huge victory for us against Kemerovo. We’re incredibly happy and what’s more important is that this evening I’ve seen the growth of my team.
We played very well during the first two sets, while we had a lack of concentration during the third. I think that what makes this victory even more significant is that we regained 4 fundamental breaks in the 4th set.