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Italy slash Kazakhstan's quarter-final hopes

Italy's Eleonora Lo Bianco sets

Beijing, August 11, 2008 - The Italian Women's Volleyball team maintained their winning record in Pool B with a straight-sets win (25-19, 25-15, 25-21) over Kazakhstan at the Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium on Monday.

The victory comes after Italy's 3-1 defeat of Russia on Saturday. The result was Kazakhstan's second loss in the pool.

The game started with Nadia Centoni (ITA) and Yelena Pavlova (KAZ) exchanging heavy spikes. Italy moved ahead by powering sharp attacks to the back of Kazakhstan's undefended court to clinch the first set.

Kazakhstan raced to a 5-1 lead in the second set with Pavlova's powerful spikes cutting through the Italian blockers.

After a timeout, Italy regained their rhythm and levelled the scores, using double blockers on the net combined with fast back-slide attacks from Simona Gioli (ITA). Kazakhstan responded with great defence but their attack was not as efficient as the Italians.

Late in the second set, Taismary Aguero (ITA) replaced Serena Ortolani as the Italians wrapped up the set 25-15.

In the third set, Italy played with their main squad for the first time this Olympic Games. Aguero's returned boosted the team's morale and enhanced the Italian defence and attack. At one stage, the Italians skipped clear 21-14 only for their opponents to reduce the losing margin.

Italy secured the victory with a heavy spike from Aguero, who scored five points for the match.

Top scorers for the match were Francesca Piccinini (ITA) and Pavlova with 12 points each.