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Modena crowned Italian champs

Modena celebrated a 12th league title
Modena, Italy, May 8, 2016 – DHL Modena ended a wait of 14 years to win the Italian championship when they defeated Sir Safety Conad Perugia 3-2 (23-25, 25-20, 17-25, 25-16, 15-13) in front of 5,100 fans at the Pala Panini. 

It is the 12th time that Modena have won the Italian title and the triumph completes Angelo Lorenzetti’s team’s pursuit of the Italian triple after they had previously won the Italian Cup and Super Cup. They are the second team to have won la tripletta following Treviso’s sweeps in 2003-04 and 2004-05. 

Lorenzetti has now led Modena to two championship triumphs having been at the helm of the team when they last won the title in 2002. 

“It was a fantastic win,” Lorenzetti said. “The guys were great. We won against a great Perugia team, who never gave up. The team reacted in the most difficult moments of the game.”

French international Earvin Ngapeth was named man of the match after he had led scoring with 29 points, including three aces and two blocks. His teammate Luka Vettori weighed in with 14 points. 

Perugia did their best to stay alive in the final series, with Serbia's Aleksandr Atanasijevic scoring 21 points and USA's Aaron Russell adding 18. Although they out-blocked Modena 12 to 6, Perugia struggled in reception which Modena were happy to take advantage of.

“I cannot but congratulate my boys and congratulate Modena, who played at the highest level,” Perugia coach Slobodan Kovac said. “I cannot criticise my players. They gave everything they had and played great volleyball, but it was not enough.”

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