Past and present and future...
Past and present and future...
Much as I'm rooting for an Italian win tomorrow, I have a feeling that Serbia's going to win it. Today's 5 set win by Italy is too exhausting where as Serbia's matches ended mostly in 3-0 or 3-1 victories. But it's one of those cases I don't mind being wrong. Either way, I don't mind who wins. Hope Egonu still have energy left.
I agree with you about everything except the bold part, I wonder why
In the previa, we already knew this could have been a long match. But now with so much drama! If the italians lost 10 kgs in the tie-break against Japan, cant imagine how thin they are now!
10 years vs Japan, another 10 today. I guess we're not the second youngest team of the WCh by now
This is the link of full match (included post match):
riding egonu worked in the end. but it really could've gone either way. she wasn't particularly efficient against high chinese blocks as expected. sylla was actually more efficient this game, or the whole tournament for that matter. i think they trust egonu more when the reception is not good. but if they lost this game, relying on her too much would've been the reason too. lucky she came through in the end
I would have liked all the post, but as an Italian fans I have to pretend the end of your post don't exist
Thumps up for the rest!
It's the first time Italy scored less blocks than the opponents. And in general there weren't many direct block for such a long game, 10 for Italy and 12 for China.
Paola improved her personal record of points scored in a NT match (it was 39), which is also the Italian record.
I think it's also her personal record not with the NT, anyway...
I would be grateful if someone we'll post a link of the game with the post-match as well: Rai was transmitting on our second channel (not the sport one) and because the match finished so late they had to cut the transmission just when the teams were greeting each other under the net... But I would love to see all the tears of joy, and the photo and so on
Oh my... I'm still shaking a bit, guys...
The second part of the match was simply amazing, both in level (imho higher that the first part of the match) and agonism, and of course suspence...
We won and lost this match I don't know how many times, from that come back in the 4th set to wasting a 14-12 advantages after a great block and a great ace (like in the come back of the 4th, by coincidence) and other match points... it was all a rollercoaster, and I must say that – despite being amazed by Chinese effort and resilience and courage – we deserved to won this match, and for the path in this WCh we deserved to be in the final... of course, it China would have won, same would have been true for them, but unfortunately there's only one champion, and we know it wasn't playing in this match
Losing this match after all the match points we had (5? 6?) would have broke my heart, any way. And I don't even want to imagine what the girls would have felt...
Moki was my MVP today She's amazing.
Paola has to bring pastries for her ball spiked on her feet, btw
About tomorrow, I think Serbia has equal or better players in every position, except libero and probably second OH.
But, in volleyball wins who plays better, not who's stronger, so I hope we will play our best match ever to put them in real troubles!
I hope we won't be too emotionally drenched...
oh my God my hands are shaking and I'm crying... what a match!!!
Paola coming back after every heavy errors
zhu blocks on Egonu have been great the whole match I must say
Zhu and Egonu played ping pong now
we're a bit contract, but I can understand why... girls think ahed and not in the past!!
now I see why we were playing few balls with the MBs...
noooooo I thought it was out!
My God, I was in the tie break-vs-Japan mode!
Great job by China, I hoped we were there after Danesi block and ace but we couldn't close!
Zhu scored twice againts our triple block, one because of our poor position, the other because of her quality, and we were even again...
And the advantages were thrilling, exiting and imho with the best volleyball of the match so far.
what a dig by China after the block touch!
What a pity that Moki slipped
But we were even and wasted it, from 13-13 to 16-13. Miriam that serve out again (and after the time out) it's unforgivable!!
oh nooo that invasion by Egonu when we perfectly touch Zhu at 11-10 for them!
lot of serve errors, but I get that putting pressure is important.
Great dig by Malinov on a fast! And Lucia was close to dig one as well
Moki set a fast to Chirichella in baker from the 4th meter!!
Now China ahed but we seems to be there
yei!!! Keep going girls!!
Not the best quality match (despite some quality action, digs, spikes, etc) but again... I don't care very much
oh no that slipped ball between Malinov's hands!
I know it's not her specialty but Paola has to sacrifice more on the parallel attacks by Zhu.. at least she has to try
there's a lot of tension on court... (In the game, I mean, noir between players)