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World League 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Italy beat Spain 3-0 (26-24, 25-18, 25-19) - duration 1:18
04-Aug, start time: 20:32, end time: 21:50 - Attendance: 3,950
ITALY DEFEATED SPAIN IN THREE SETS
Italy defeated Spain in three sets in Caserta, winning the Pool B of the Intercontinental Round in front of Spain, second classified and also qualified for the Final Eight in Brasil. The "Azzurri" suffered the Spanish team only in the first half of the first set.
The match started with a strong Spain who collected an important break on 11-4 with three winning blocks against the spikes of Mastrangelo, Cernic and Sartoretti. But with the aces on serve by Mastrangelo and Sartoretti borned the Italian comeback. Two consecutive points by the captain Gravina gave to Italy the 24-23 advantage; on 25-24 Sartoretti closed the set with an impressive spike.
Just one team on the court in the first part of the second set; a good Italy, with a great performance by Cernic and the setter Vermiglio, took the lead by 14-6. Spain tried to return, but the gap was too big.
Same story in the third set, but the Spanish team battled better at the beginning of the partial, with Falasca hard opposite hitter, putted in the match by coach Hervas instead of Saucedo. Gravina with his blocking talent lead his team to a quite victory: an ace on serve from Mastrangelo wrote the 12-9 and there were no more chances for the Spain. The next will be in Brazil.