Italy beat Greece 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-16) - duration 1:03
08-Sep, start time: 14:00, end time: 15:03 - Attendance: 1,830 Italy did what it had to do
Italy had don its task: winning 3-0 against Greece during the second round of the 2002 Women's World Championship. The Italian team still has the chance to move to the final round, but it depends on the result of the matches in the other groups. The Olympic host of 2004 has to go back home after the third loss in the second round. The team of head coach of Marco Bonitta started well0 in the first set, knowing that a 3-0 victory was necessary. The Italians put the Greek team under pressure and took the lead thanks to the points of attacker Simona Rinieri (7-3). A strong spike of Elisa Togut brought Italy further (13-8) and it was Togut again who scored the 21-11. The South Europeans used their third set ball for the 25-14. The Greek block was more dominant in the second set, however the Italian team of captain Manuela Leggeri came up to 9-9. Zauna Proniaou helped outsider Greece to take the lead with 16-12, but especially Francesca Piccinini made a good impression. After the first lead in this set with 24-23, the Italians won the set with 25-23. The Greek seemed to be exhausted, therefore Italy was soon leading with 12-5. A time out of coach Dimitrios Floros didn't help (18-9). And although Greece could catch up some points it didn't help in the end. Italy won the third set with 25-16. Elisa Togot was the best scorer with 17 points.