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USA down Italy in four sets
 

Italy's Valerio Vermiglio sets for Alessandro Fei
BEIJING, 12 August - The USA beat Italy in four sets (24-26, 25-22, 25-15, 25-21) in the Men's Volleyball Pool A match at Capital Gymnasium on Tuesday.
 
Both teams displayed their strong blocking games, stopping big hits on many rallies during the two-hour contest.
 
Clayton STANLEY (USA) spiked and served heavily from the start. Alessandro FEI (ITA) and Alberto CISOLLA (ITA) also got their rhythm going, bombarding the USA turf with rocket spikes.
 
The Italians had a more balanced attack, involving more players in the scoring. The USA relied more on STANLEY's attacks on the right side. Then Hristo ZLATANOV (ITA) and Alessandro FEI (ITA) put the set away 26-24.
 
The USA fought back in the second set, led by STANLEY destroying the Italian block. Mauro GAVOTTO (ITA) kept his team close to the USA with big hits on the opposite side.
 
A triple block by the Americans on the GAVOTTO opposite attack was crucial later and then David LEE's (USA) quick middle hit finished the set 25-22.
 
USA dictated the tempo at the start of the third set and had all the answers to easily win the set 25-15.
 
The Italians could not cover their back row as the USA saw the opportunity to hit on that area. They continued on their surge taking advantage of Italy's open court and secured the set and the match.
 
STANLEY and William PRIDDY (USA) scored 23 and 20 points, respectively.

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