Club Volleyball

NOVARA keep immaculate record with ninth straight victory


Article Thu, Dec 7 2023

On Wednesday night, Italy’s standout Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA claimed their ninth straight victory in as many matches that they have contested in the women’s CEV Challenge Cup this season so far. They secured three in the WEVZA Cup, a zonal qualifier for the competition, and another six in a row since the start of their journey in the actual Challenge Cup. The Italian team has not dropped a single set yet in their home matches, including the return game with Olympiacos PIRAEUS scheduled for the 8th Finals and contested on Wednesday night (25-13, 25-19, 29-27). 

The players of Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA continue their triumphal march in the CEV Challenge Cup

“Taking to the court with the right approach was crucial, we agreed on this in the locker room before the match. Olympiacos is a team which needs to be attacked from the first rally to the last one. In the third set, our focus dropped a bit, but we caught them back and closed the game quickly, which was very important especially due to physical issues that we have with some players.”

Lorenzo Bernardi
Head coach of Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA

If you were to look at their performances across all domestic and international competitions, Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA has a record of 17 wins and two losses only so far. Caterina Bosetti was awarded MVP of the game, achieving this feat for the first time in the season, following a very solid performance both in attack and defence. Her serving skills were crucial for the team to win comfortably the first set and to complete a very important comeback in the third.

Paula Yamila Nizetich received a very warm welcome from Novara’s fans and staff. The Argentinean played for the Italian club in the 2018-2019 season, when Igor Gorgonzola historically won the CEV Champions League title at the inaugural Super Finals in Berlin. NOVARA reached the CEV Challenge Cup quarterfinals only once before in their history: in 2014-2015, when they were eliminated from the competition by Germany’s SCHWERINER SC. 

“Advancing to the next stage was the goal we had set for ourselves, and we did it in the best possible way; we are happy to have completed the task as this result gives us the boost to face our next opponents with even more energy.”

Sara Bonifacio
Middle blocker of Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA
Caterina Bosetti was awarded as the Most Valuable Player of the home matchup with Olympiacos