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!
Kaja Grobelna officially in Chieri, that will play in A1 this year as well.
It should be Populini the bad girl(#13). I didn't notice Omoruyi doing that. The referee should reprimand her.
No no it is Omoruyi! I just watched the first set against Brazil.. she blocks Tainara (17th or 18th point) and she yells at her. I was quite surprised too, she looks so nice and calm
Are there any live streams for tonight? Especially Italy
Bad match by Brazil, Wallace, Lucarelli and Leal struggled very much in attack and were all subbed. Quite a mess in every aspect of the game, nobody managed to change the trend. It looked like some of them didn't even really tried (Wallace and Lucas were quite off).
Poland had great blocks and a very good effort in defence, plus they put in trouble many times the reception line of Brazil with their serves. Good match from all the polish players, everybody contributed positively, with Bednorz being outstanding.
A little note about the male tournament: Italy just won in semifinal against France and will face Poland for the gold.
Even though I'm happy for them, I have to say the italian guys are quite annoying while playing.. they always look at the other side of the net after a point, they have so evident celebrations after a block or an opppnent's mistake that annoyed me. You are better than that!