Italians had the leadership of 12-8 in the first set when the Serbian coach Nikola Grbić called time out. After that pause Serbia made series of 7-2 (15-14). The hosts led until 21-19 but Giulio Sabbi equalize the score at 21-21. Thanks to Filippo Lanza, Italy came to the first set point (24-23). With three mistakes in row by Italy, Serbia ended the first set 26-24.
Italy opened the second set with 3-1 on the visiting side but captain Dragan Stankovic tied the score at 4-4 with great block. At the first time out Serbia went with 8-7. The set was with many great action but in the same time very uncertain. Teams played point by point and after two mistakes in row, Italy went to 19-17. Italy came to its play and very quickly they went on +4 (22-18). Stefano Mengozzi‘s ace brought Italy 1-1 in sets (25-21).
The third set was opened with 7-2 by Serbia. But until end it wasn’t for the people who have problems with hearts. After the long fight Serbia finished set 26-24 although Italy had set point 24-23 (Nemanja Petrić was blocked by Mengozzi). Service error of Ivan Zaytsev brought Serbia 24-24 and after great serve by Nemanja Petrić, Nikola Kovačević finished set with block for 2-1 in sets.
The audiences in Sport Hall “Pionir” in Belgrade was able to see a great volleyball from both side of the court. Tie-break was fantastic. Teams fought for each point but Italy went on +2 (12-10) after great serve by Zaytsev and point of Lanza. Serbia equalized on 13-13 but Sabbi brought Italy the match point (14-13). Aleksandar Atanasijević equalized again and Sabbi made mistake; Serbia had 15-14 and the match point. The hosts have used the second match point for win of 3-2. Nemanja Petrić finished set 16-14.
FIVB INTERCONTINENTAL ROUND / POOL A /
|Game||Date/Time||Teams||Set||Result per set||Stats||Videos|
|17th game||26. 06. 2015 20:00||Serbia||vs||Italy||3:1||25:23; 25:20; 25:27; 25:21||VIDEO|
|18th game||27. 06. 2015 19:00||Australia||vs||Brazil||1:3||17:25; 18:25; 25:23; 20:25||VIDEO|
|19th game||28. 06. 2015 16:30||Australia||vs||Brazil||0:3||22:25; 20:25; 15:25|
|20th game||28. 06. 2015 20:00||Serbia||vs||Italy||3:2||26-24, 21-25, 26-24, 23-25, 16-14|
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