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2010 FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championship

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Italy delight full house with straight-sets victory over Japan

The 11,500 capacity Mediolanum Forum was packed for the Italy v Japan game on Saturday

Milan, Italy, September 25, 2010 – Italy posted the first win for the host country, overcoming Japan in straight sets 25-20, 25-16, 25-15 in the second match of Pool A on Saturday to give the packed Mediolanum Forum plenty to cheer. Italy took control from the start of the opening set and maintained it throughout the second set. During the last set they were stretched at the start before finally crossing the winning line.

Although Japan scored the first point of the opening set Alessandro Fei immediately put Italy into gear, scoring the first point for the hosts. Japan were forced to request the first timeout at 5-2 to Italy, who then led 8-3 at the first technical timeout (TTO). Japan responded and narrowed the gap to just one point at 10-9 but Italy found the perfect rhythm before the second TTO arrived with them leading 16-12. Japan then called for a second timeout with Italy leading 20-14, Kunihiro Shimuzu aced twice to close the gap and Italy asked for their first timeout at 22-19 before securing the set at 25-20.

A serving fault gave Italy the first point of the second set and Christian Savani managed to pick up an important point by spiking from the back to consolidate the Italian lead. Fei then ensured Italy reached the first TTO well in front and he took the hosts to 9-3 ahead with an ace immediately after it. Valerio Vermiglio secured another important point for Italy with a perfect one-hand set and Italy were already cruising to victory at 16-7 by the time of the second TTO. Japan asked for a timeout at 13-22 to Italy but it was too late and Italy closed the set 25-16.

Japan took a 3-0 lead in the final set but Italy managed to record their first point through Savani. The score was tied at 7-7 but after the second TTO the hosts seized the initiative. They led 16-11 at the second TTO and never looked back, closing out the match 25-15 in the third set.


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