Italy's Francesca Piccinini receives
Beijing, China, August 15. 2008 - World Cup winners Italy eased past European runner-ups Serbia 3-0 to remain unbeaten.
The Italians improved to a 4-0 record with the 25-23, 25-20 and 25-19 victory at the Capital Indoor Stadium and will vie for the top place in Pool B on Sunday with Brazil, who have also claimed four straight wins in a row.
Taismary Aguero produced 14 kills in 24 attempts and added five aces to lead Italy with 19 points, with Francesca Piccinini and Simona Gioli contributing 11 points apiece.
The losses of Kazakhstan and Algeria earlier on Friday have already sent the two European teams to the quarter-finals while Italy, who beat Serbia in the final to win the 2007 European Championship final, started strongly in the first set, jumping to an 11-4 lead thanks to fine serves of Aguero and consecutive Serbian errors.
Trailing 18-12, the Serbian women rallied with a 10-4 run to level it at 22 before Simona Gioli and Aguero ran off two points in a row to make it 24-22.
Ivana Djerisilo drove a ball off the block out of bounds to cut it to 24-23, but Italy converted on their second set point through Aguero.
Serbia went down more tamely in the last two sets.
The Serbian Women, who have recorded two wins against two losses, will play Russia in the last round of the round-robin play on Sunday. (Xinhua)