Great game in Macerata where the hosts, playing without their biggest star, took away Cuneo's chances for the third Final consecutive.
Matches between Macerata and Cuneo are always tied and exciting. In the Regular Season in the 5th round Lube beat Cuneo 3-2, in the rematch it was Cuneo that won with the same result. Last season both teams also fought in the phase of semifinals and in 5 matches won eventually Cuneo to lose in the V-Day against Itas Diatec Trentino.
This year wasn't different. In the first match, played in Macerata, the first step made the guests, the team that serviced and blocked better. Macerata had to win the next game in order to save chances to access to the final match. And they did. In dramatic circumstances, after a fight till the last ball, Macerata tied the score 1-1 in front of almost 5.000 Cuneo's fans. During the match the captain of Macerata, Igor Omrcen was penalized with a yellow card for the discussions with Wout Wijsmans and, because it was the third yellow card he got this season, he was disqualified for the closest match. That meant the team from Macerata would play almost the most important match in the season without its biggest star. However, as we've seen on Wednesday, it was not a problem for the team from Marche. From the first ball everything they did succeeded. Powerful attacks, precise services and great defence. From the other side of the net it was Leandro Vissotto that was answering with all his strength and skills, but in the beginning of the second set he left the court by health reasons. Macerata was winning successively 25-20, 25-17. In the third set there was also awakening of the team of Cuneo thanks to great service of Ngapeth, but in the end it was Macerata that could celebrate the access to the final game of Serie A1 2011/2012, after 6 years of absence. It was season 2005/2006 when they conquered the most precious trophy for the last time.
The final match will be played on Sunday, April 22nd in Milan.