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17/03/2021 18:00
An All-Italian Semi-final! Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA vs A. Carraro Imoco CONEGLIANO
CEV Champions League Volley 2021 - Women

Luxembourg, March 17, 2021. The second semi-final of CEV Champions League Volley sees two Italian powerhouses coming face to face in their attempt to reach the Super Finals that will be played on “home court” in Verona, Italy on 1st May, in what is a repeat of the 2018/19 Champions League final - where Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA won their first Champions League title after a 3-1 win against A. Carraro Imoco CONEGLIANO (then Imoco Volley CONEGLIANO).

All matches from the semi-finals will be streamed live on CEV’s EuroVolley.TV

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Head to Head

Outside of the last final, these two have only met each other twice when each team got the win on home court in the 2017/18 fourth round. For Novara, their meetings with Conegliano have been the only time they had to face Italian opposition in the competition, while Conegliano has had 11 meetings against Italian opposition managing to win 7 of them.

 

Novara hoping to retain the crown

With the CEV Champions League Volley coming to a halt last season before the final stages of the competition, Igor Gorgonzola Novara are till the reigning champions. They head into this semi-final on a 12-match winning run, their longest in the competition, since a 1-3 defeat against Allianz MTV STUTTGART in the 2019/20 fourth round.

·     Malwina Smarzek-Godek (109) and Caterina Chiara Bosetti (104) have both crossed the 100-point mark this Champions League season.

·       Britt Herbots (26) won the most points for Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA in this season's quarter-finals. Herbots (96) is close to become the third player to reach 100 points for the team this season.

·      Micha Danielle Hancock (17) has collected second-most aces in this Champions League campaign. Only Magdalena Stysiak (21 for Savino Del Bene SCANDICCI) has collected as many.

 

 

Conegliano looking for their first title

With an extremely good team at their disposal and with Paola Egonu looking sharper by the minute, Conegliano is hoping that this season will be the one when they manage to go all the way in Europe’s premiere club competition. Same as Novara, they boast quite an impressive winning streak going into this semifinal with 15, with 12 of these coming in straight sets.

·        Paola Ogechi Egonu (141) is A. Carraro Imoco CONEGLIANO's top scorer this Champions League season. Last season, she also won the most points for her team (110).

·     Egonu won 54 most points in this season's quarter-finals, at least eight more than any other player (46 by Melissa Teresa Vargas Abreu of Fenerbahce Opet ISTANBUL).

·      Egonu has collected 14 aces this Champions League campaign, at least nine more than any of her teammates. Her 13 points from stuff blocks are a joint-team high alongside Robin de Kruijf.

Follow all the action live tonight on EuroVolley.TV!


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