Monday, 22 September 2014
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Italy remains unbeaten but still not qualified

The early stage of the first set was close between Italy and Tunisia but never after the 8-7 lead of the home team. Under the leadership of Vettori and Lanza, the Italians built a comfortable margin and the Tunisians were never a threat despite the efforts of Besbes, who scored 8 points in the opening set. At the second technical time-out the local boys were in front 16-11 and continued on the same path toward a 25-17 win.

Tunisia had an excellent reaction in the second set. The Tunisians led at both mandatory stops by considerable margin 8-5 and 16-11 helped by the offense of Ben Abdallah and Ben Othmen Miladi. Tunisia won the second set 25-20 closing the action 25-20 with a hard smash by Besbes and a slap off the block by Ben Othmen Miladi.

Italy went back to the right track in the third set leading 8-3 and 16-9 at the technical stops. Vettori, Fedrizzi, Lanza and Preti were doing most of the damage against Tunisia which tried to stay within the game via the strong kills produced by the lefthander Besbes. In the later part of the set, the Tunisian threatened but Italy was not willing to let this set escape out of its hands and before the partisan crows. The home boys won by score of 25-18 with Preti scoring the last two points with formidable shots.

Tunisia took an early lead of 8-6 at the first technical time-out. Teams were tied at 14-all when Vettori attacked from the right side and Agrebi answered back to even up again. One reception error gave Tunisia the lead 16-15. The African team took a three-point lead 19-16 with a couple of blocks by Ayech around one spike of Ben Abdallah Mohammed. One error followed by two blocks of Preti tied the set at 19-all, but the setter of Tunisia scored with a disguise and Ayech blocked again. Finally Tunisia prevailed 25-23 with a kill by Ben Othmen.

Tunisia led by Besbes and Ben Othmen and Italy with the attacks of Vettori and embraced in a tough battle. Italy led 8-7 in the tie-breaker thanks to one spike of Fedrizzi. With Tunisia in front 9-8, Ben Othmen scored with a block for a two-point lead. Italy tied at 11-all with spikes by Fedrizzi and Lanza. Fedrizzi’s serve crashed into the net and Lanza attacked wide and Tunisia again was ahead by two points. Italy tied and went ahead via spike and block of Lanza and then took the win 15-13 via opponent error.

  

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