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Italy roar back to beat Germany

Francesca Piccinini scored 25 points to lead Italy in their come-from-behind victory over Germany

Nagoya, Japan, November 6, 2010 - Italy came from behind to record a four-set victory (22-25, 32-30, 25-8, 25-15) on the first day of second-round Pool F action at Nippon Gaishi Hall on Saturday night.

The fourth-ranked Italians are 2-2 after the win, while the 15th-ranked Germans have an identical mark after the loss. Francesca Piccinini was a dynamic attacking force for Italy, coming through with several timely spikes and blocks to help ensure her team outblocked Germany 13-4.

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Giovanni Guidetti’s Germans were on the verge of going two sets up but lost the second set and saw the match slip away after some marvellous play by the Italians.

Piccinini finished top scorer in the match with 25 points including three blocks and one serving ace while Antonella Del Core contributed 18 points to the victory. Other Italians in double digits were Simona Gioli and Valentina Arrighetti with 12 and 11 respectively. Margareta Kozuch led the scoring for Germany with 17 points, Christiane Furst added 12 including four blocks and Maren Brinker tallied 10.

Germany led 16-12 at the Second Technical Timeout in the first set and then won a wonderful rally that lasted more than a minute to go 22-20 up before taking the set 25-22.

The second set was long on entertainment with little between the teams throughout. Germany had several set-points but could not finish the job and after hanging on gamely, Italy eventually claimed the set 32-30 on their third set-point.

Massimo Barbolini’s side had showed both guts and guile in refusing to go down 2-0. They carried the momentum into the third set, racing into an 11-1 lead on the back of some excellent serves and eventually prevailing 25-8.

Italy kept the pressure on in the fourth set, with the defence especially impressive as they wrapped up the match with a 25-15 triumph. Their next opponents will be USA on Sunday, while Germany will face the Czech Republic.


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