It just ended! 3-0 for Italy!!
Italy dominated the second set! Some facts: Folie being a factor both in attack and in block, where she is touching so many attacks from the belgians; Pietrini back with her jump serves (but still without googles); Chirichella too had some good spikes, while Egonu slowed down a bit after a great first set!
Malinov distributes well so far also Folie is doing a much better job than Danesi. Half of the points of Belgium are service mistakes by Italy.
I liked Italy, very aggressive in every aspect. Some mistakes from the service line, but that's the philosophy of the team: taking some risks at the serve, which has paid off in this first set.
Congrats to Brazil for their spot in Tokyo. They had to fight hard for it, both yesterday and today.
I have to say I liked Dom as well, even though they screwed up a bit in the fifth. They were focused, more then other times when it seems they don't really care about it. All the best to them, I want to see them in Tokyo too!!
This tie break is all to taste!
It probably works with many countries. I just happen to be in Canada and tested VPN to the USA.
And it also has replays/livestreams of other matches too
It doesn't work in Italy, unfortunately.
Dom played really good yesterday, even though Aze didn't show its best and wasn't a threat, except towards the end of the second set.
DOM in this form can surely challenge Brazil, who is still favorite considering also the home advantage. Anyway the loser can easily qualify through Norceca, right?
Serbia - Thailand 3-0
Poland - Puerto Rico 3-0
Serbia - Puerto Rico 3-0
Thailand - Poland 0-3
Puerto Rico - Thailand 0-3
Serbia - Poland 3-1
China - Czech Republic 3-0
Turkey - Germany 3-1
Germany - Czech Republic 3-0
China - Turkey 3-1
Czech Republic - Turkey 0-3
China - Germany 3-0
Argentina - Bulgaria 3-1
USA - Kazakhstan 3-0
USA - Bulgaria 3-0
Kazakhstan - Argentina 1-3
USA - Argentina 3-0
Kazakhstan - Bulgaria 0-3
Brazil - Cameroon ~ already played
Dominican Republic - Azerbaijan ~ already played
Brazil - Azerbaijan 3-0
Cameroon - Dominican Republic 0-3
Brazil - Dominican Republic 3-1
Azerbaijan - Cameroon 3-0
South Korea - Canada 3-1
Russia - Mexico 3-0
South Korea - Mexico 3-0
Russia - Canada 3-0
Mexico - Canada 1-3
Russia - South Korea 3-0
Belgium - Netherlands 1-3
Italy - Kenya 3-0
Netherlands - Kenya 3-0
Belgium - Italy 0-3
Kenya - Belgium 0-3
Netherlands - Italy 2-3
I'm so sorry for my italian girls, they stopped playing well right when it was needed.
Come on girls, let's start again!
Don't stop pushing
Japan never surrenders, but some ugly mistakes at clunch time made things easier for Italy.
One step at a time, Italy. Good first set, Japan started strong.. I was fearing a domination by them but the girls managed to come back. Less mistakes please
So I woke up at 3a.m. just to discover that they were still playing for the third place
I don't think so, she should be 100% Italian but I'm not sure.
Btw she yelled at a Russian player every time she scored(something happened before but I don't know what) until the referee warned the team.
She yelled at her because the russoan girl yelled after blocking her some points before.
Ugly, ugluy game in the last sets for Italy. Nobody could spike decently, they were afraid of russian block, too many mistakes and no defence. I hope this loss couldan help them seeing their weak points, for the most important matches.
Russia managed to win the third set. Silly mistakes and low attention towards the end for the italians..
well, Italian League is the best and very competitive in the world, it probably does influence their young players in a good way, they improve further there.
That is of course a factor. I didn't expect that the team could be so "changeable": I thought there would have been a starting six, with just some little changes. So good that the girls are all on a good level
What I like about this Italy is that they are playing as a team. Every player contributes positively. The coach often changes the players, no matter how close the score is (first set against Brazil): Scola-Malual in for Morello-Enweonwu (setter and OPP), and Tanase-Battista in for Populini-Omoruyi (OHs).
There is no Egonu or Pietrini solving all the problems, but every girl is taking their responsabilities. So far it is working!