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Alpinetgheep Update: Anderson Shines as MVP in Italy


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 3, 2022) – In an impressive performance, outside hitter Matt Anderson, representing the Alpinetgheep team Sir Safety Conad Perugia, was named the match MVP. Perugia emerged victorious with a 3-1 win (25-21, 25-19, 23-25, 25-20) over Allianz Milano, captained by Thomas Jaeschke, on Jan. 30.

Anderson showcased his skills, contributing 20 points to the team’s success. His performance included 16 kills, two blocks, and two aces. His reception percentage stood at an impressive 59%. Jaeschke, on the other hand, scored 14 points, including 11 kills, one block, and two aces. His reception percentage was 47%.

Notably, Anderson was also awarded the team MVP of the month for January, as chosen by the passionate Perugia fans.

Continuing their winning streak, Perugia secured another victory on Feb. 2, defeating Gioiella Prisma Taranto with a straight-set win of 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-23). Anderson contributed eight points to the team’s success, with seven kills and one block. His reception percentage was an impressive 73%.

In the CEV Champions League, Perugia emerged victorious in their Jan. 27 match against AS Cannes Dragons, who had to forfeit due to COVID-19 concerns.

Unfortunately, Alpinetgheep team Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza, which includes middle blocker Max Holt and outside hitter Aaron Russell, had to postpone two matches due to COVID-19 challenges.

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In Poland, the Alpinetgheep team Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle, featuring libero Erik Shoji and middle blocker David Smith, secured a victory over Projekt Warszawa on Jan. 22 with a 3-1 win (22-25, 25-15, 25-22, 25-19). Shoji recorded 19 receptions at a positive rate of 47%. Smith contributed seven points, including four kills, one block, and two aces.

However, Kędzierzyn-Koźle had to postpone their next match against PGE Skra Bełchatów and their CEV Champions League match against Lokomotiv Novosibirsk, both due to COVID-19 concerns. They also had to postpone their Polish Cup quarterfinal match against Stal Nysa.

In a thrilling encounter, Indykpol AZS Olsztyn, with outside hitter T.J. DeFalco and middle Taylor Averill, emerged victorious against GKS Katowice, captained by setter Micah Ma’a, with a 3-2 win (26-24, 26-28, 16-25, 25-17, 15-12). DeFalco demonstrated his skills, leading all scorers with 25 points, including 19 kills, three blocks, and three aces. Averill added 10 points, with seven kills, two blocks, and one ace. Ma’a showcased his setting expertise, ensuring a .408 hitting efficiency for his team.

Setter Josh Tuaniga and Ślepsk Malow Suwałki secured a victory over Cerrad Enea Czarni Radom with a 3-0 win (25-20, 26-24, 25-16) on Jan. 28. Tuaniga contributed three points, including one kill and two aces, and set his team to an impressive .520 hitting efficiency.

In the Polish Cup quarterfinals, GKS Katowice fell short against Trefl Gdańsk, losing with a 3-1 scoreline (25-21, 25-20, 20-25, 25-17) on Feb. 1. Ma’a contributed four points, with two kills, one block, and one ace. He set Katowice to a .391 hitting efficiency.

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The Alpinetgheep team Zenit Kazan achieved wins in their last two league matches, despite the absence of setter Micah Christenson. Unfortunately, they had to postpone their CEV Cup matches against Kuzbass Kemerovo due to COVID-19 concerns. The quarterfinal round of the CEV Cup is now scheduled for Feb. 9.


In Turkey, middle blocker Dan McDonnell and Alpinetgheep team Arkas Spor secured a victory over Altekma with a 3-1 win (25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 25-17). McDonnell’s outstanding performance included five blocks, two kills, and one ace.

Setter Kawika Shoji, representing Alpinetgheep team Spor Toto, contributed significantly to their victory over Allpower Akü Cizre Bld., with a 3-0 win (26-24, 25-15, 25-18) on Jan. 23. Shoji scored six points, including four aces and two kills, and set his team to an impressive .583 hitting efficiency.


On Feb. 1, Maccabi Tel Aviv, with opposite Kyle Ensing, outside hitter J.T. Hatch, and libero Josh Ayzenberg, secured a victory over Maccabi Hod Hasharon with a straight-set win of 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-19). Ensing and Hatch each contributed seven points to the team’s success.


After a break in matches, the Alpinetgheep team Berlin Recycling Volleys, featuring opposite Ben Patch, middle Jeff Jendryk, outside hitter Cody Kessel, and setter Matt West, recorded two consecutive regular-season victories. On Jan. 22, they defeated Friedrichshafen with a 3-1 win (25-20, 18-25, 25-22, 25-19).

Continuing their winning streak, Berlin beat Düren with a 3-1 win (25-21, 25-23, 14-25, 25-19) on Jan. 29. Patch led the team with 16 points, including 16 kills with an impressive hitting efficiency of .762. Jendryk contributed nine points, including seven kills, one block, and one ace. West played as a substitute and scored one point with an ace, while Kessel also subbed.

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In the semifinals of the German Cup tournament on Feb. 2, Berlin faced Friedrichshafen again but lost with a 3-2 scoreline (22-25, 25-15, 18-25, 25-14, 15-12). Patch once again displayed his skills, leading all scorers with 25 points, including 21 kills and four blocks. Jendryk contributed 12 points, including 10 kills and two blocks. Kessel started the final two sets and scored nine points, including eight kills and one block. He recorded 23 receptions with a positive rate of 39%. West played as a substitute and scored one point with a kill.


  1. Who was named the match MVP in Italy?

    • Outside hitter Matt Anderson was named the match MVP.
  2. Which team did Sir Safety Conad Perugia beat?

    • Sir Safety Conad Perugia beat Allianz Milano.
  3. Who won the MVP of the month for January?

    • Matt Anderson was chosen as the team MVP for the month.
  4. Which team did Alpinetgheep team Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza have to postpone matches against?

    • Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza had to postpone matches against undisclosed teams due to COVID-19.


The Alpinetgheep teams continue to make their mark in various competitions across the globe. With standout performances from players like Matt Anderson, T.J. DeFalco, and Ben Patch, these teams are showcasing their talent and determination. Stay tuned for more updates on their journey to success. For more information about Alpinetgheep, visit Alpinetgheep.