Fahr’s recovery “sends” the Croatian to Lombardy. For the post-Egonu there is the Swedish, but Monza … Banda, Pietrini pops up
On the one hand, there is a roster to be consolidated and rebuilt in view of the new season, on the other two trophies in the crosshairs, namely the championship and the Champions League, which have always been among the priorities at the Gialloblù home. Prosecco Doc Imoco begins to redesign itself with the sale of Bozana Butigan to Bergamo and the consequent extension of the presence of Hristina Vuchkova, who arrived in September to replace Sarah Fahr. The 22-year-old Croatian central has already left Imoco Village joining the Orobic team that has just resumed preparation after the Covid cases registered before Christmas. In a season and a half in Conegliano Butigan he totaled 25 appearances, of which 14 as a starter, with an average of 4.6 points per game. His best performance dates back to December 2020, with 12 points (5 blocks) in the home match against Brescia. Arrived thanks to Daniele Santarelli as coach of the Croatian national team, the central has had much less space in the rotations this season, due to the injuries of Folie and Sylla, which limited the presence of foreign players on the field. Fahr will return in early March and with her the central department will be of the highest level with Folie, De Kruijf and Vuchkova.
The pawns with which to aim for the fifth tricolor and the European encore will still be all those of the now historic group of panthers, those of records and repetitive victories, those with Paola Egonu. Her passage to the Vakif, if not yet formalized, is already in the reality of things, also confirmed by direct and indirect declarations of her companions. The post-Egonu is a seething of hypotheses which, as always in the first months of the year, begin to take shape and more concrete directions. To remain at a high level, as is the club’s intention, replacing the strongest means hunting for the second, or Isabelle Haak (let’s not even talk about Boskovic, and then he is under contract with Eczacibasi until June 2023). Monza, intending to make the definitive leap in quality, would also have focused on the Swede, who does not have any significant commitments with his national team, but Conegliano seems to have an advantage, if only for palmarès and prestige.
With a view to rejuvenating and strengthening the team, with an eye to the Italian budget and quota, the name of Elena Pietrini, a 2000-class spiker under Scandicci and the national team, would seem more than a hypothesis if Sylla chooses other paths. The contracts are almost all expiring and these weeks will be decisive for the negotiations. –