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The defending #CLVolleyW champions from Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA lock horns with the world club champions from A. Carraro Imoco CONEGLIANO in the first semi-final match of the 2021 edition of Europe’s elite competition.

The two teams just met on the court last Sunday, with Imoco triumphing with the national cup of Italy. The ladies from Conegliano snatched a 3-1 (25-17, 25-23, 22-25, 25-18) in the final in Rimini.

The two rivals also met in the most recent Champions League gold medal match. In 2019, Igor Gorgonzola took a four-set win in Berlin. The only other Champions League encounters between them were in the pool stage of the 2018 edition, when they exchanged four-set home victories. Igor and Imoco have played each other a total of 24 times in the last four seasons with the team from Conegliano leading 16-8 in the series. 

We are aware that Imoco are currently probably the strongest team in the world, but in the Italy Cup finals we showed that the gap between the two teams is not too big. Of course, we would need two flawless games to achieve a spot in the Super Finals and we will do our best to make it. We have to push hard and fight in every single rally.

Cristina Chirichella
Middle blocker and captain of Igor Gorgonzola Novara

We are disappointed about the Italy Cup final loss, but on the other hand we are also looking forward to playing Imoco again. I think we reduced the gap from the beginning of the season and we will work hard to get to their level, staying focused and being ready for a big clash.

Caterina Bosetti
Outside hitter of Igor Gorgonzola Novara

Igor and Imoco have played each other a total of 24 times in the last four seasons with the team from Conegliano leading 16-8 in the series.

This #CLVolleyW season, the team from Novara moved through Pool E undefeated and won both of their quarterfinal matches with Turkey’s Fenerbahce Opet Istanbul by 3-1 to extend their winning streak in the competition to 12 games in a row.

A. Carraro Imoco Conegliano are on a 55-game winning streak since the 2019 final. That includes the three national cup match wins last week that led them to the trophy. Their super star Paola Egonu, who played for Igor two years ago and was named MVP after the Super Final in Berlin, hammered out 37 points against her former club and claimed the MVP honours after Sunday’s match in Rimini.

We are a very strong group. All the players chip in for the victory. If we play as a team, as we did in the Italy Cup finals, we get great results. But we have seen that Igor Novara are a very strong team. On Sunday they put us in difficulty throughout the game. It will take our best performance to win again on Wednesday.

Paola Egonu
Opposite of A. Carraro Imoco Conegliano

This time of the season is not easy at all. We can't take a breather because we are in the deciding moment of the season. We got a nice victory in the Italy Cup on Sunday, we spent a lot of energy, but we can't afford to let the tension down. We care a lot about the Champions League and we go to Novara to play a great match. They are a very solid team and have many weapons in the attack. But we are still very hungry

Daniele Santarelli
Head coach of A. Carraro Imoco Conegliano


Team Profile
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Team Schedule

Previous Games

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  • All Time
  • 6
    Competitions Played
  • 1
  • Competition
  • 10
    Matches Played
  • 8
    Matches Won
  • 80%
    Win %
  • 24
    Sets Won
  • 858
    Points Won
  • 34%
    Attack %
  • 56%
    Reception %


Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 2/10/1994
  • Height: 195 cm
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 9/10/2000
  • Height: 174 cm
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 9/24/1999
  • Birth Place: Sint Truiden
  • Height: 182 cm
NAPODANO Francesca
  • Birth Date: 1/17/1999
  • Height: 174 cm
  • Birth Date: 2/17/1996
  • Height: 192 cm
  • Birth Date: 4/22/1996
  • Height: 174 cm
BOSETTI Caterina Chiara
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 2/2/1994
  • Height: 180 cm
  • Birth Date: 11/1/1982
  • Birth Place: Canosa di Puglia
  • Height: 175 cm
HANCOCK Micha Danielle
  • Birth Date: 11/10/1992
  • Birth Place: Oklahoma
  • Height: 180 cm
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 7/3/1996
  • Height: 184 cm
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 12/3/1998
  • Height: 187 cm
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 9/22/1995
  • Birth Place: Colorado
  • Height: 190 cm
  • Birth Date: 6/3/1996
  • Birth Place: Zary
  • Height: 191 cm
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 11/29/1998
  • Birth Place: Amsterdam
  • Height: 189 cm


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Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA


A. Carraro Imoco CONEGLIANO

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Match Report

Great start at the semis for A. Carraro Imoco CONEGLIANO


A. Carraro Imoco CONEGLIANO continue their winning streak as on Wednesday they outclassed at 3-0 their Italian rivals from Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA. This is the 56th victory for the Black Panthers in a row, and first loss for the NOVARA team after 12 consecutive victories. In the first #CLVolleyW semi-final match, the players coached by Daniele Santarelli were in total control of the game, disappointing the defending champions with precise and determined actions on the field. CONEGLIANO were better in all the components of the game, finishing with 46% efficiency in attack and seven blocks. Team star Poala Egonu was on fire for the Panthers, finishing as best scorer putting 18 points to her name. The decisive re-match between both teams is scheduled for March 23.

• Both NOVARA and CONEGLIANO started good on attack and maintained the same level. The key to the better result for Imoco in the first set, were the better performances on block and on the serve (3 blocks in this part). The defending #CLVolleyW champions from Igor tried to react, but Paola Egonu was leading her teammates towards victorious results in this set. The crucial moment in the set was the 8-0 break for Conegliano (3 aces by Egonu).
• It was a close call in the first minutes of the second set, but Egonu together with Fatime Miriam Sylla stepped up their game and established the leadership. Iliaria Battinosini of NOVARA with some good performances helped NOVARA take the lead and tie the score, with Haleigh Washington and Cristina Chirichella pushing hard on attack and in the middle. However, it wasn’t enough as the world club champions reacted quickly and with the result being 17-17, scored a 8-1 break (53% efficiency in attack).
• The guests from CONEGLIANO entered better in the third set, impeccable on attack. The only component that they were lacking excellence at, was the serve, as they made some errors. NOVARA, however, were struggling with their game, not able to find the right rhythm of play. They couldn’t stop Egonu and her teammates to keep building a comfortable point-lead (21-13) and to eventually congratulate themselves with a straight-sets victory.
• Paola Egonu topped the charts with her 18 points, becoming an MVP of the match. Egonu had a 52% attack ratio and scored several break points with her performance on the serve: her actions on the field were crucial both in the 1st and the 2nd set.
• For NOVARA, Caterina Bosetti recorded 13 points (39% efficiency in attack)


"We played an excellent game tonight, we digged well and involved all the players in attack. We had an excellent attitude and a team spirit that allowed us to always keep high the level of our game. However, we know that Novara is very strong team and for sure next Tuesday at Palaverde we will have to play another great match to reach the final."
Kimberly Hill
Player of A.Carraro Imoco Conegliano

“We managed to play “head to head” with our opponents only in the first half of the game, and the worst thing is how we approached the third set after having lost the second one. We have another chance next week but for sure we will need improve a lot in every aspect of our game and to minimize the effect of our own mistakes: when you play so important games, you must be almost perfect”.
Stefano Lavarini
Head coach, Igor Gorgonzola Novara


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The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.


The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.


Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.

Match Spikes

The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.

Reception Level

An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.

Net Domination

The number of successful point winning blocks of Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA compared to A. Carraro Imoco CONEGLIANO.

Ace Count

Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA number of service aces compared to A. Carraro Imoco CONEGLIANO

Error Difference

Errors leading to points of Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA, next to those from A. Carraro Imoco CONEGLIANO