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WL: Italy outplayed Australia in Pool A

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Australia struggled until half of the match but then Italy has shown its strength and the first game in World League 2015 ended after four sets.

Italy in Australia


Match between Australia and Italy was quite tight from the beginning. Teams were motivated and played point by point. Italy took the lead at 8-6 and 16-14. Another great rally goes the way of Italy for 19-15.

Australia made many mistakes and now Italy led 21-16. Thomas Edgar was alone against the motivated guests, but Azzurri were simply superior. The first set finished 19-25 after service mistake of Thomas Ewen Douglas-Powell.

The second set started with 3-3. 5-5. 7-7. Italians playing great all round volleyball at the moment – blocks, spikes, digs and Filippo Lanza brought lead of 10-8. Edgar with two strong spikes equalized on 10-10. Australia won two more points in row for the lead of 12-10. Soon the scoreboard showed 14-14.

The visitors once again were better at crucial moments. They went on +3 (18-15) over Lanza and the hosts called a time out. Result was equal until the end (20-20, 21-21, 22-22) and the three last point in a row Australia scored for 25-22 and 1-1 in sets.

Italy has dominated in the third set. They were leading 6-2 and 16-12 when it was clear that they will win this period of game. Giulio Sabbi was good at the net but Lanza has ended this set 25-21 with powerful spike for lead over Australia 2-1.

The fourth and the last set in the match started with lead of Italy 8-4 at the first TTO. The team of Mauro Berruto also had 16-9 an 18-11 when the whole crowd was sad. Italy had 20-16 when Australia came close 21-17 but the Azzurri finished this set 25-20 and 3-1 in sets. Harrison Peacock serves into the net, and that’s the end of the match.

Top scorers: Edgar 20, Sanderson 16; Lazna 18, Sabbi 13.


Game Date/Time Teams Set Result per set Stats Videos
1st game 29. 05. 2015 14:45 Brazil vs Serbia 0:0      
2nd game 29. 05. 2015 19:30 Australia vs Italy 1:3 19-25, 25-22, 21-25, 20-25    
3rd game 30. 05. 2015 16:00 Australia vs Italy 0:0      
4th game 31. 05. 2015 10:00 Brazil vs Serbia 0:0      

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kiel james May 29, 2015 - 2:26 pm

Glad that Giannelli is in the senior team. He’s just amazing even he’s only 18 years old 😀


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