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France clinch first 2011 World League win

France celebrate its first victory in the 2011 edition of the FIVB Volleyball World League
Messina, Italy, June 17, 2011 - France celebrated its first victory in this year’s FIVB Volleyball World League after beating Italy 3-1 (21-25; 32-30; 25-23; 25-22) in Messina as the hosts unbeaten run in the tournament came to an end on Friday.

In a convincing match for France, Italy showed the first decline in physical form in the World League, but still stay on top of Pool D.

Antonin Rouzier topped the French scorers with 30 points while Michal Lasko topped Italy with 21 points.

Italy, without captain Savani who was injured last week, started with Maruotti and took an early lead. Despite a fight back from France it was Italy who stole a 1-0 lead.

France started much better in the second set as both sides traded points as Italy held a slight advantage. But the home side failed to capitalize as France eventually took the win to draw level.

The third set was equally as tight but France took  the lead. Italy fought back to within three points but France stormed ahead to take the lead for the first time in the match.

In the fourth set the teams went point to point but it was France who used more precision to move ahead. The hosts tried to fight back towards the end of the set but too many mistakes saw France take the win.

The two teams meet again on Saturday in Catania at 18:30 GMT.


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