In a start to the Volleyball Olympic Qualifying Tournament Pool A, Brazil and Italy emerged victorious in their opening matches at the Maracanãzinho stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Brazil kicked off the Volleyball Olympic Qualifying Tournament Pool A on Saturday with a resounding victory against Qatar, cheered on by a passionate home crowd at Maracanãzinho stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The energetic ambiance fueled Brazil to a seamless 3-0 win (25-16, 25-19, 26-24). Lucarelli and Alan de Souza led the scoring for Brazil, each contributing 14 points.
Following this thrilling opener, Italy also marked their debut with a win in Pool A, overcoming the Czech Republic 3-1 (24-26, 25-18, 25-22, 25-19). Yuri Romano shone for Italy, scoring 19 points, while Jan Hadrava topped the match scoring with 21 points for Czechia. However, Hadrava’s impressive performance couldn’t steer Czechia to victory.
In the third match of the day Germany clinched their first victory in Rio, besting the Asian Games champions, Iran, with a 3-1 scoreline (25-22, 22-25, 25-16, 25-21). The prowess of veteran opposite György Grozer and outside hitter Moritz Karlitzek was evident, as the duo contributed a combined 40 points to the victory, scoring 23 and 17 points respectively.
Meanwhile, on the opening day’s concluding game, Cuba demonstrated their dominance by sweeping Ukraine 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-18). Cuba’s offensive power was evident with three of its players, Jesus Herrera, Marlon Yant, and Javier Concepcion, crossing the double digits in scoring with 13, 11, and ten points, respectively.
In Pool A, the matches concluded with the following results:
- Brazil vs. Qatar 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 26-24)
- Italy vs Czechia 3-1 (24-26, 25-18, 25-22, 25-19)
- Germany vs Iran 3-1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-16, 25-21)
- Cuba vs Ukraine 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-18)