Once mighty Leo Shoes Modena have put an end to their four-match losing streak, that puts them back on track in their desperate race to finish amongst the top eight in the Regular Season and make the Playoffs of the Italian Men's League.
Eleven points each from Nemanja Petric and Daniele Lavia and a brilliant performance by MVP of the game setter Micah Christenson made the difference for Modena in their 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-12) sweep of second-from-bottom of the table Consar Ravenna on Sunday at home in the PalaPanini. The 12-time national champions (most recently in 2016) had not scored a win in the Italian League since 25 November, when they struggled to squeeze past bottom of the table Top Volley Cisterna in five sets.
The win comes just a few days before Modena begin their European Champions League campaign, competing in their three-day 'bubble' pool at Belgium's Roeselare agains the local side Knack, Poland's Verva Warsaw Orlen Paliwa and Russia's Kuzbass Kemerevo. Modena have been crowned European champions four times, but have not been on the podium in 17 years.
In other weekend action in Italy, Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza moved up to fourth place in the standings following a 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-17) over Cisterna. Piacenza were led by the Czech Republic's Michal Finger who scored 18 points and was named MVP of the game.
Meanwhile, coming back from their own European adventure, Italian League table leaders Sir Safety Conad Perugia and Cucine Lube Civitanova return to domestic action on Monday evening. The two sides, who have not yet met this season in the Italian League, did go head-to-head in the Champions League last week, with defending European champions Lube emerging victorious 3-1.
Perugia, two points ahead of Lube in the standings (though both are on 11-1 records), travel to Kioene Padova, while Lube are also away to Itas Trentino on Monday.
Full details on the official website of the Italian Men's League.