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WC M: Italy on the run against Venezuela for straight-set win

by WoV
source: fivb.com; Photo: fivb.com

Italy showed power against Venezuela in Round 8 of the 2015 FIVB World Cup in Japan, smashing South American side in straight sets with 15 points from the MVP of the match, Filippo Lanza. Kervin Piñerua had nine in Venezuela 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-18). Italy has 7-1 score.




Italy began the match authoritatively with a confident win in Set 1. It was already 8-2 on the first TTO. Lanza had a crucial role in his team in the second half of the set to give Italian side 21-12. When Vettori smashed a few 3rd meter spikes in the finish, including the last point, Italy took Set 1 (25-16).

Second set was much tougher for the favorites. The only things that separated two teams before the first TTO were two attacking errors by Venezuelans 8-6. The Italian players weren’t on a spectacular level of play as well, but even that was enough for them to get 20-17. Piñerua did his best in the finish, but it was already too late 25-22.

The greatest fight was seen in the third set, although the final score doesn’t show it. Italy simply couldn’t get a comfortable lead and Venezuela was on fire, taking 14-12! The South Americans suddenly stopped, but it had to be admitted that Italy began to play some astonishing defense with perfect counter attacks to follow. Italians made 4-0 run (16-14). On 21-18, Giannelli stepped on a service line and didn’t move until the end of the match (4-0 run), scoring two aces for 25-18!

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