Home debut in Champions League

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•    It is the first home match for NOVARA in the 2018 CEV Volleyball Champions League.

•    Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA and Agel PROSTEJOV are crossing swords for the first time in their history.

•    While playing for Pomì CASALMAGGIORE, Massimo Barbolini and Francesca Piccinini played PROSTEJOV two years ago in the CL – with the Italian side winning two matches out of two.

•    It is the second participation of Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA in Europe’s elite competition – and so far they have won only once at home.

•    Agel PROSTEJOV have lost both of their matches in Pool B so far – 1-3 to Fenerbahce SK ISTANBUL and 1-3 to Imoco Volley CONEGLIANO in Italy.

Francesca Piccinini, player of Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA: “We know this is a crucial match for us. We need a good result and we have been working hard to be ready for this fight. Our goal is to secure a spot in the Playoff phase and therefore we must do our best in every single game.”

Miroslav Cada, coach of Agel PROSTEJOV: “We will need to do our best if we want to be competitive against such a great team as NOVARA. We want to create difficulties to our opponent, and we must serve well and defend as much as we can for that to happen.”