Scandicci hang by a thread in race for quarterfinals

Italian League table leaders Conegliano extend winning streak to 49 matches

Bottom of the table Banca Valsabbina Millenium Brescia took Savino Del Bene Scandicci all the way Sunday evening in the Italian Women's League, leaving the Florence side hanging by a thread as the race for fourth place in the Regular Season standings and a direct ticket to the quarterfinals comes to a head.

Libero Enrica Merlo, the match MVP, was key to Scandicci's eventual 3-2 (25-14, 24-26, 20-25, 25-21, 15-12) at Montichiari, as Magdalena Stysiak contributed 18 points. But the match high of 19 came from Brescia's Lea Cvetnic.

Brescia themselves were desperate for the points, trying to catch up with Bartoccini Fortinfissi Perugia and exit the relegation. The one point they picked up on Sunday means they're still two away from Perugia, with both teams still having two matches remaining in the Regular Season.

But dropping a point, with just two matches left to play in the Regular Season, means that Scandicci have allowed Reale Mutua Fenera Chieri to catch up at 42 points in the standings. Scandicci are ahead just on wins - 14 to 13 - for fourth place.

Chieri themselves were on the road on Sunday, but came away from the PalaAgneli with full points after their 3-1 (25-18, 29-31, 25-20, 25-23) over Zanetti Bergamo.

Chieri were led by Francesca Villani, who came in off the bench in the first set and went on to pick up the match MVP award after emerging her side's best scorer with 17 points - though the match high was 25 by Bergamo's Juliann Faucette.

At the top of the table, meanwhile, MVP of the match Kim Hill, who came on off the bench during the second set, led Imoco Volley Conegliano to an emphatic 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-18) sweep of Igor Gorgonzola Novara at home in the PalaVerde in the derby between the two top-ranked teams in the standings - although this is mostly for bragging rights, as the top two positions in the Regular Season had already been decided.

Paola Egonu was top scorer of the game on 16 points for Conegliano, including an impressive 60% (12/20) in attack.

Conegliano remain undefeated after 23 matches in the League and have now extended their winning streak to 49 across all competitions and seasons.

Full details of the competition on the official website of the Italian Women's League.

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