Akademia Messina falls in game 3: the A1 dream ends in the semi-final. But the season deserves applause


By John

Akademia City of Messina – Talmassons 0-3
Set: 19-25; 23-25; 17-25
Akademia City of Messina: Battista 15, Martinelli (k) 1, Catania 4, Ciancio, Modestino, Felappi, Mearini 2, Payne 13, Joly 6, Rossetto, Maggipinto (l), Galletti, Michelini ne, Miduri (l) ne. All. Ferrara.
Talmassons board of directors: Bagnoli ne, Hardeman 19, Populini 7, Grazia ne, Monaco (l) ne, Piomboni 8, Bole 1, Eze 2, Kavalenka ne, Negretti (L – k), Eck 9l, Costantini 8. Coach Leonardo Barbieri.
Referees: Dario Grossi and Luca Grassia from Rome.
Videocheck Gabriele Galletti.

Messina – The season of the Akademia Città di Messina ends in the semi-finals with Talmassons winning game 3 at PalaRescifina and securing the ticket for the final promotion against Busto Arsizio. But the appointment with the A1 is only postponed until next season as the president Fabrizio Costantino made clear when greeting the public at the end of the match. “Thanks to all the fans who followed us in this beautiful season and I tell you that we will see each other again next year, perhaps even more numerous and I promise you that we will conquer the A1 series”. And it's a standing ovation despite the defeat which was clearly achieved at the end of a match where Talmassons made the difference with a defensive phase that exhausted the girls led on the bench on the occasion by deputy Flavio Ferrara (the disqualified coach Bonafede following her from the stands ).