Monday, 1 March 2021
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Italy starts with the right foot at home

Luca Vettori spikes for one of his 23 points against Egypt


Vettori and Fedrizzi carried Italy to the lead 8-4 in the first set. Egypt scored two points in a row via spikes of Khater and Abdel El Moez to close the distance at 12-9 but the second stop had the home team in front 16-12. Lanza widened the distance to 20-14 with two bombs and added a third point with a lob touch for a 21-14 difference. Italy took the set 25-18.

Italy took a small lead at 8-7 in the second set but Egypt reacted behind the attacks of El Kotb to get in front 11-9. The same El Kotb continued with his hot streak and scored with two blocks for a 16-10 margin. With El Kotb serving after another spike, Abdel El Moez scored to send his team to a 19-11 advantage. Tunisia dominated 25-16 with Hassan charting two of the last three points of his side.

In the third set Italy took a slight lead at 8-7 when Vettori killed and blocked for the difference. Then Egypt passed over its opponents with attacks by El Kotb and Khater for a 12-10 difference only to see Italy retake the lead at 16-15 with a left tip by Puliti. The Italians didn’t stop and continued on the path to the win behind Vettori strong kills and ended winning the set 25-17.

Italy dominated the score at the two technical time-outs of the fourth set by score of 8-6 and 16-10. Vettori and Fedrizzi were the leading scorers in the set with six and four points respectively. Puliti then scored the last two points of the set for the victory, smashing a pair of missiles to establish the 25-19 margin.


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