11. 07. 2019

UNIVERSIADE W: Unstoppable Lazareva takes Russia to final against hosts Italy

Source: results.universiade2019napoli.it; Photo: sportclub.ru

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Russia and hosts Italy will play the final of the Women’s Volleyball tournament in the 2019 Summer Universiade in Naples.


The defending champions Russia, who are unbeaten in the 2019 Universiade with a 5-0 record (3-0 in Pool A and 2-0 in the knockout stage) beat Japan, also a team that did not suffer a single loss, by a 3-1 (21-25, 26-24, 25-19, 25-21) in the semifinals. Earlier, in the quarterfinals, “Zbornaya“ downed the Czech Republic in straight sets. Anna Lazareva was once again unstoppable for Russia. The opposite hitter of Dinamo Moscow notched 26 points against Japan, including 5 kill blocks. The captain Arisa Inoue was the top scorer for Japan - the outside hitter of the country’s titleholders Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Springs made 15 points.

Italy, who qualified for the knockout stage as the second-placed in Pool D (2-1) beat Pool C leaders Hungary by a 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-16) in the other semifinal duel. Anna Nicoletti, the opposite hitter of Banca Valsabbina Millenium Brescia last season, top-scored for “Azzurrine“ with 15 points, while Beatrice Berti set up 6 kill blocks. MTK Budapest outside hitter Gréta Kiss scored 10 points for Hungary. Prior to the semis, Italy made another upset by eliminating Brazil, the No.1 in Pool B, in the quarterfinals with a 3-0.

Women’s Volleyball tournament in the 2019 Summer Universiade, semifinals:

Russia – Japan 3-1 (21-25, 26-24, 25-19, 25-21)

Hungary – Italy 0-3 (15-25, 16-25, 16-25)

Bronze medal match (July 12):

Japan vs. Hungary (17:30 C.E.T.).

Final (July 12):

Russia vs. Italy (20:30 C.E.T.)



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