The second set was just as close early, with Priddy and Stanley attacking well for the USA, and Savani countering for the Italians until they reached 10-10. Alessandro Fei put his side up three with an incredible block on Stanley to make it 16-13. Russell Holmes brought his team within one with a spike followed by a block on Simone Parodi to make it 21-20, but a Savani block would eventually clinch another close frame for Italy 25-22 to go up 2-0.
Luigi Mastrangelo fired up his side in the third with two consecutive blocks, but the USA weren’t fazed as Stanley scored twice to help his side ahead 9-6. Italy would come back to tie, but a Brian Thornton ace put the USA back ahead by two. The USA would ride Stanley the rest of the way (10 points in the set) to take the third 25-22 to push the match to a fourth set.
The USA carried that momentum into the fourth as an ace from Anderson and a hard spike from Priddy helped them go up 8-4. But Emanuele Birarelli played well off the bench, showing great hustle on a get near the sidelines that led to a tie score at 13-13. Eventually Lasko’s third ace followed by a pair of spikes would put his side up 21-18, and a Mastrangelo block on Stanley would help close 25-21, taking the match 3-1.