The „Azzurri“ broke the resistance of the hosts Spain in four sets, partially 25-22, 25-17, 33-35, and 25-23, in the final of the men’s volleyball tournament in the 18th edition of the Mediterranean Games, held in the city of Tarragona.
On their way to the gold medal, Italy lost only one set in five games overall in the tournament and that was exactly the one they dropped to Spain (3-0 vs. Greece and Portugal in Pool A, Croatia in the quarterfinal, and Egypt in the semifinal).
It was the third consecutive men’s volleyball gold medal for Italy in the Mediterranean Games (2009 Pescara, Italy and 2013 Mersin, Turkey). The „Azzurri“ once again confirmed their dominance in the medal table with seven gold medals, two silver medals, and one bronze.
„We are really happy, it was a very tight final. We knew that Spain would have given it all in front of the home crowd. I want to congratulate the boys. In addition to the technical qualities, they have shown character and heart on the court today. After the first two sets, we suffered a small fall but we quickly recovered,“ Italy head coach Gianluca Graziosi stated.
To see complete results, stats, and standings, visit our Mediterranean Games 2018 / Male / Seniors page.