Thursday, 21 January 2021
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USA knocks out Italy for second time

Another defeat for the Italian team
Catania (Italy) – June 21st 2009 – Usa made the double on the Italian soil after a solid performance in a sold out Palacatania. 3-1 the final score (25-19, 18-25, 25-22, 25-20)  with an Italian team who played a better volleyball after the anonymous performance in Florence and in the second match played in Verona against China. Italy appeared more concentrated in receiving with Cernic moving the momentum in the second set. Savani and Sintini played some good attacks. But it was not enough.  
United States started the match with a positive series leading 6-4 when a sudden black out at the PalaCatania forced both team to have an extra warm up time. Back in the game the United States clinched ahead the first technical timeout going ahead 10-6 showing good quality in the inside-out patterns. Matej Cernic and Cristian Savani tried for an Italian comeback. But too many were the Italian mistakes. Another attacking mistake by Donald Suxho and a winning attack by Mauro Gavotto put Italy back in the game before United States  clinched ahead the second TTO. Alan Knipe team had an easy chance to maintain a 4 point margin before closing the set 25-19 after an error in serving by Matej Cernic. In the second set Italy built their comeback. Sintini started to read better the game while Cernic became a crucial element in receiving with Savani and Gavotto natural terminals of the Italian attacking options. Usa became predictable in attack with Italy having the right attitude to control and rebuild. Italy close 25-18. In the third set, both team walked on a conservative path with Us more solid and Italy a little bit tired. With Us ahead 23-21, Italy produced a very positive series to re-open the match. Gavotto was simply outstanding in his attacks but last fatal mistakes gave again the lead to Us that close the third set 25-22. A block by Francesco Fortunato opened the fourth set. On the other side Rooney built with blocks the prologue for the advantage Us gained clinching 8-7 the first TTO. Anderson first and Cernic for Italy became the key players for the first balls of the second tier of the set. With 10-10 on the scoreboard, Alan Knipe called for a time out. Usa had the strength to go again ahead on the score. Italy tried a comeback but Us team semmed more motivated to close the Italian job 25-20.

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