Beijing, China, August 14, 2008 – Italy did not meet any major challenges to skip past Venezuela in straight sets (25-21, 25-20, 25-21) in a little more than one hour to collect their second win from three outings in a Pool A encounter in the Olympic Men’s Volleyball Tournament at the Beijing Institue of Technology Gymnasium on Thursday. But Alessandro Fei from Italy was injured during the match.
With the win, Italy now has a win-and-loss record at 2-1, improving their chances of booking a ticket to the quarterfinals while Venezuela, a first-time participant in the Olympic Games Men’s Volleyball event, suffered their third defeat.
Despite winning the match, Italy paid dearly as one of their key players, Fei, was injured when he fell heavily on the floor while spiking.
Italy team captain Alberto Cisolla expressed hope for Fei's early recovery so as to join them in the later competition. Cisolla said: “Alessandro Fei is one of the best players in our team. His injury is unfortunate. We hope he can recover soon and play in our future games.”
World No. 10 Italy seemed to recover from their 3-1 defeat to the United States and started the first set strongly, jumping to a 4-0 lead through a spike from Cisolla and powerful service by Emanuele Birarelli. But five unforced errors cost Italy dearly, letting their opponents level the scores at six all. However, Italy finally got their game in order and gained the lead again through the set.
Things did not change in the second set. Despite some good spiking from captain Ernardo Gomas, Venezuela faced problems in blocking, and made many errors (a total of 23 in the match).The final score of the set was predictable at 25-20.
Venezuela, after losing the first two sets, put up strong a counterattack in the early stage of the third set, and the gap was within one or two points. But the offensive weapons Cisolla, who clinched 13 points, Vigor Bovolenta and wing spike Matteo Martino, who scored 10 points each for Italy, led their team to an easy set win in 21 minutes and the match.