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WGP W: Italy defeat Poland in five-set thriller

by WoV
source: fivb.org

Italy clinched a thrilling 3-2 (23-25, 20-25, 26-24, 25-23, 15-13) win over Poland, fighting back from two sets down in the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix in Chinese Taipei on Sunday.

Italian-captain-Serena-Ortolani

Italian captain Serena Ortolani

Captain Serena Ortolani topped the scores with 29 points while Poland‘s Agnieszka Bednarek-Kasza came second with 26 points.

Poland led in the first set, and had a four-point lead until Italy managed to catch up at 22-24 and 23-24. Poland had to call for two timeouts in a row before a quick spike from Agnieszka BednarekKasza sealed the set.

Italy began aggressively at the beginning of the second set but Poland levelled at 6-6. The two teams struggled to and fro until Poland were able to wrestle the lead at the second TTO 16-14. Italy called for a time-out at 17-19, but Poland drew away at 22-18. Poland performed two solid blocks and Italy then sent a serve long to gift the Poles the set.

Poland then lost concentration at the beginning of the third set and Italy were able to lead at 18-13. But Poland pulled themselves back together, and managed to level the scores at 18-18. However, World Cup holder Italy proved their excellence, edging the set 26-24.

Italy surged ahead in the fourth 14-11 forcing Poland to call for a time-out. Italy kept on with their dominance, as captain Serena Ortolani put through several powerful spikes, helping her side take the match to a tie-breaker.

Poland regained their composure at the beginning of the tie-breaker and took a 3-0 lead, but Italy showed their determination for victory, levelling the scores at 5-5. Captain Ortolani scored two aces and led her team to 10-8. Each team displayed spectacular tips and defence, however a solid block from Italy saw them seal the win.

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