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ECH W: Italy go to quarterfinals, Valentina Diouf shines!

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The women's Italian volleyball national team will play in quarterfinals of the European championship after beating Croatia in playoffs: 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-20).



Valentina Diouf had a very good performance, especially in the first set…

Vercesi’s side opened match much better and with a few good actions and rival’s mistakes they had 7-4 lead! But, Italy managed to recover and to tie the score after some good instructions of Bonitta 11:11. However, Croatia were leading at the second TTO by two!

At the result 19:19, Valentina Diouf’s pipe gave Italy one point of advantage! A few minutes later, Chirichella made huge block on Croatian player and Italian girls were up by 2 (22:20). Vercesi’s side didn’t manage to save set point and to stay in the game. Lucia Bosetti made a good block and gave Italy 1:0 lead.

In the second set, Croatia again started with a good attacking and defensive moves (6:4), but Italy made 4-0 scoring run and took over the lead! After the first TTO, Italy scored two more points for 10:6 lead! Croatian ladies managed somehow to terminate rival’s run and with two mistakes of Bonitta’s side they were trailing only by one.

Mira Topic was the girl who made Bonitta to ask for time out (10:10). Guiggi and Chirichella gave Italy two points of advantage again and Vercessi had to react. It helped Croatian side to tie the score (12:12).

Italy went to second TTO with two points of advantage after huge spike by Diouf! Croatia tied the score and Italy went up again, 19:17!

At the result 22:00 for Italy, Chirichella made a huge block and everything was clear about the winner of the second set… 25:21.

At the beginning of the third set, we saw the same situation like in the second set. Croatia had 6-4, lead but Italy again took over the lead at the first TTO, 8:7.

Croatia managed to tie the score 11:11, and Italy went ahead by three 14:11! Believe it or not, Vercesi’s side tied again 14:14! At the second TTO, the girls in white jerseys had two points of advantage 16:14!

At the result 20:19, Lo Bianco made fantastic dig and Lucia Bosetti took the opportunity to give Italy two-point lead! There was no time to make some comeback, especially after Chirichella’s stunning block on Usic…Italy will face Russia in quarterfinals!

Top scorers: Diouf 20, Guiggi 12 – Poljak 12, Topic 11…

European Championship 2015 / Female / SeniorsALL GAMES

Date/Time Teams Set Result per set
30. 09. 2015 17:00 Italy ( W ) vs Croatia ( W ) 25:22; 25:21; 25:20
30. 09. 2015 17:30 Germany ( W ) vs Hungary ( W )  
30. 09. 2015 20:00 Belarus ( W ) vs Poland ( W )  
30. 09. 2015 20:30 Belgium ( W ) vs Czech ( W )  

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