Australia took the first set when the two teams met yesterday and the home fans were hoping for a similar start today. It was not to be, however, as a series of Australian errors gave Italy a 16-11 lead in the first set.Italy held on to the lead to win the set comfortably 25-20.
The second set started with both teams going back and forth before Italy earned a three-point advantage at the second technical time-out. A few errors from Thomas Edgar at the end of the set proved crucial as they allowed the visitors to take a two-set lead.
The home side was still determined to challenge Italy today and they got in front early on in the third set. It was not long before the visitors levelled the score, though, and the fans were treated to a thrilling finish. Much to the delight of the home crowd, it was the Volleyroos who handled the nerves better as they closed out the set at 25-23.
The final set was a closely-contested affair with Italy managing to hold on to a narrow lead for the better part of the set. In the end, Australia made a simple mistake in defence to hand their opponents the winning point.
Top scorers: Edgar 28, Sanderson 14; Randazzo 16, Vettori 15.
FIVB INTERCONTINENTAL ROUND / POOL A /
|Game||Date/Time||Teams||Set||Result per set||Stats||Videos|
|1st game||29. 05. 2015 19:30||Australia||vs||Italy||1:3||19-25, 25-22, 21-25, 20-25|
|2nd game||30. 05. 2015 16:00||Australia||vs||Italy||1:3||20-25, 21-25, 25-23, 23-25|
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