Bosca S.Bernardo Cuneo had been on the rise in the Italian Women's League, running on a three-match winning streak and poised to extend this to four, when Igor Gorgonzola Novara emphatically put an end to all that on Sunday evening.
Novara quickly recovered when they found themselves trailing at Cuneo's Pala Ubi Banca and went on to win 3-1 (23-25, 25-16, 30-28, 25-14) on the back of an MVP performance from Sara Bonifacio who terrorised her opponents in the middle with 11/11 kills plus 5 blocks for a total of 16 points.
Cuneo missed an opportunity to go ahead and put the pressure on the visitors when they blew an early lead in the third and then failed to convert set points at 25-24 and 27-26.
The match high scoring performance of 19 points came from Malwina Smarzek for Novara.
Second-placed Novara pushed their own winning streak to 11 matches (14 if you include the European Champions League) and have now temporarily closed the gap at the top of the standings to five points - though table leaders and defending champions Imoco Volley Conegliano rested this weekend and have played a game less.
But a little further down the table, Saugella Monza have extended their own winning streak to 8-0 and are trying to cling on to third place following their thriling 3-2 (26-24, 22-25, 19-25, 25-21, 15-13) win at home over Reale Mutua Fenera Chieri - Edina Begic picking up the MVP of the match award.
Germany's Hanna Orthmann was the game's top scorer on 24 points for Monza, but two Chieri players also scored in the twenties with Belgium's Kaja Grobelna bagging 23 and Francesca Villani adding another 21.
Full details of the competition on the official website of the Italian Women's League.