11. 08. 2019

OQT M: Piano’s brutal blocking display annuls Williams’ furious attack – Italy survive Australia; Serbia sweep Cameroon

Source: volleyball.ioqt.2019.fivb.com; Photo: volleyball.ioqt.2019.fivb.com

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The hosts Italy struggled a lot against underdogs Australia on Day 2 in Pool C (Bari) of the FIVB Men’s Volleyball Qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, closing the match only in the tie-break.

 

POOL C (Bari, Italy)

Italy saw off Australia with a 3-2 win, coming back twice, partially 21-25, 25-19, 24-26, 25-17 and 15-13.

This outcome leaves the door to Tokyo open to the “Azzurri” in case they beat Serbia in the last round. On the other hand, Australia needed a three-point worth win to stay in contention for progressing to the Olympics.

The “Volleyroos” head coach Mark Lebedew changed the starting opposite hitter for this match. Lincoln Williams replaced Paul Carroll and it was a jackpot as the line-up newcomer poured in 27 points. Since his attack was below 50%, Italy’s head coach Gianlorenzo Blengini decided to replace Ivan Zaytsev with Gabriele Nelli in the middle of the fourth set and did not put him back on the court until the end of the match.

Osmany Juantorena tallied 22 points for Italy, while Matteo Piano was superior in the block (8 kill blocks out of team’s 18).

 

Serbia’s head coach Nikola Grbić could afford to rest several starters in the match against Cameroon for the upcoming encounter against Italy as the gap between the two teams was so large in the favor of the Balkan side. Atanasijević did not play at all, while Kovačević and Lisinac played only in the opening set.

Dražen Luburić highlighted for Serbia with 14 points. Cédric Bitouna and Arthur Voukeng scored 10 apiece for the Africans.

FIVB Men’s Volleyball International Qualifier, Day 2:

POOL A (Varna, Bulgaria):

Brazil – Egypt 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-14)

Puerto Rico - Bulgaria 0-3 (20-25, 22-25, 12-25)

POOL B (Rotterdam, the Netherlands):

Belgium – Netherlands 0-3 (22-25, 21-25, 20-25)

USA - South Korea 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-16)

POOL  C (Bari, Italy):

Serbia - Cameroon 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-13)

Australia - Italy 2-3 (25-21, 19-25, 26-24, 17-25, 13-15)

POOL D (Gdańsk, Poland):

Poland – France 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-20)

Tunisia - Slovenia 0-3 (23-25, 16-25, 24-26)

POOL E (Saint Petersburg, Russia):

Iran – Mexico 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 27-25)

Russia - Cuba 3-0 (25-18, 26-25, 27-25)

POOL F (Ningbo, China):

Finland – Argentina 1-3 (17-25, 18-25, 25-21, 24-26)

China – Canada 2-3 (26-24, 21-25, 17-25, 25-23, 15-17)

Standings

 

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