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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By Mark Lebedew: The Best Player You Might Have Heard Of...but have probably forgotten

Older video, records and analyses, editing, research by Mark Lebedew are very interesting. I take his work as priceless.. No one else do such a work...He provides us with many volleyball jewels, observations.. In past we often could not see many top tournaments, or matches on TV ….There was no Internet, no YT. Only very limited TV ... We often did not know the background, problems on some tournaments - see e.g. what happened during Italy vs Netherlands OG 1992, on M.L. YT channel, and how it had influenced a final with Brazil..
In time of pandemic, we can take a lesson from some former activities on courts . In past there was a much more decent behaviour during matches, avoiding useless personal contacts , no so and such intimacy as nowadays, no expressive shouting as is a current rule after killing spike or blocks, ourts... Only at the end of the match, tournaments emotions were same as now... (Now we see on 75 and more the useless, risky, ritual teamś hugging per a match) .. Moreover until 1998, volleyball was for TV fans very friendly - due to of a perfect visible. recognizable white ball. Since this time, the screen fans eyes suffer - volleyball has become a pantomime on screens.
Moreover the game was much more smoothly - no so many and so long interruptions as nowadays.. Majority of referees had a respect..
I suppose, if volleyball wants to survive this pandemic crisis, it will have to return to some above mentioned procedures.. Systematically...

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