Italy beat Czech. Republic 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-22) - duration 1:11
01-Sep, start time: 18:30, end time: 19:41 - Attendance: 4,400 Third 3-0 victory in a row for impressive Italy
Experienced Italy overpowered the Czech Republic 3-0 in their third World Championship match. This was already the third straight sets victorythe team of head coach Marco Bonitta booked in preliminary pool A. The Czech team could only counter the hard Italian attacks at a few stages. In the decisive moments, the southern Europeans played highly concentrated and were never in danger. Italy showed a roller-coaster type of game, great attacks followed by easy mistakes. The Czech Republic seems to have recovered from Saturday's defeat against Bulgaria and caused the Italian attackers some headaches until 15-15. Then the Czech players often failed to score against the Italian block, the Italians raised the pressure and finally won the set 25-18. After taking the lead early in the second set (3-1), the Czech team was consistently down to the Italians who managed to get in front from two to four points. In the middle of the second set the Italians got into gear and extended their lead to six points (17-11). Though the Czechs managed to close the gap bit, the Italians ultimately won the set 25-21. In the third set, the Czechs could keep up with the Italians until the middle of the set and even led sometimes. But as in the previous sets, Italy's attackers turned the pressure on their opponents at exactly the right time. Italy, never threatened to lose the set, decided the third round 25-22 in their favour and remain undefeated. With the victory, Italy booked a second round spot and will fight with Germany on Monday and Bulgaria on Tuesday which team will be the Pool A winner. Simona Rinieri was the best scorer with 18 points, while Elisa Togut (16 points) and Francesca Piccinini (14 points) ended also with double figures.