11. 10. 2018

WCH 2018 W: Italy against USA scored the 9th win at World Champ!

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Italy stayed only undefeated team at the FIVB World Championship and today they confirmed their domination against titleholders USA.

  

Italy outplayed USA in four sets (25-16, 25-23, 20-25, 25-16) and completed the first two rounds with a perfect 9-0 win-loss record while the Americans suffered their second defeat in two days.

Paola Egonu was unstoppable with 33 points while Miriam Sylla scored 22 points for Italy. On the American side, Jordan Larson scored 14 points and Kimberly Hill 12 points.

The situation for USA is still uncertain because they need to wait for the result of the match between China and Russia to see will they go to the Final Six.

On the other side, Bulgaria today outplayed Azerbaijan in straight sets while Turkey defeated Thailand with 3-1. All four teams finished with this year’s competition.

Pool F

DAY 4 –October 11:

Bulgaria – Azerbaijan 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-20)

Turkey – Thailand 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-20)

Italy – USA 3-1 (25-16, 25-23, 20-25, 25-16)

China – Russia (12:20 CET)

Standings: Italy (9-0) 27, China (7-1) 21, USA (7-2) 19, Russia (6-2) 18, Turkey (5-4) 15, Bulgaria (4-5) 11, Thailand (3-6) 11, Azerbaijan (2-7) 6.

 

Check out the results and standings at the World Championship 2018 W page.

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ITA M: Lube stay without a head coach – Medei resigns!

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