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Italy score straight sets victory over Japan


Panoramic view of a sold-out "Yoyogi National Stadium" during the match starring Japan and Italy

Tokyo, Japan, December 3, 2011 - Italy downed Japan in straight sets (25-22, 26-24, 25-22) on the second day of fourth-round action in the 2011 FIVB Men's World Cup at Yoyogi National Gym on Saturday. The win gives Italy a 7-3 record for the tournament. Japan dropped to 2-8 with the loss. Michal Lasko was sublime in the victory for Italy, scoring 13 points. Alessandro Fei was named the most impressive player of the match. Tatsuya Fukuzawa notched a match-high 14 points for the losers. Losing the second set in disheartening fashion appeared to take the energy out of Japan.

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Japan moved out to a 4-2 lead in the opening set on a block by Daisuke Usami. Fukuzawa's spike made it 6-4 for Japan. A Fukuzawa block put Japan in front 8-4 at the first TTO. Luigi Mastrangelo spiked to make it 8-5. A dink by Ivan Zaytsev took it to 9-7. A spike by Alessandro Fei moved Italy within one point at 11-10. Japan was ahead 13-12 following a Zaytsev spike. A service ace by Dragan Travica tied the score 14-14. Shimizu's block gave Japan a 16-14 lead at the second TTO. Fei's spike knotted it at 17-17 and Japan took a timeout. Cristian Savani's spike moved Italy in front 18-17. Another Fei spike took the count to 20-18 for Italy. Japan fought back to equalize 20-20, but then Savani smashed a spike for 21-20. A wicked service ace by Savani made it 22-20. Ishijima's served into the net for 23-21. Fukuzawa sent a spike long and Italy had set point at 24-22. They took the set 25-22 when Shimizu's spike flew long. Fei and Lasko had five points each in the set.

A spike by Fukuzawa put Japan in front 5-4 in the second set. Shimizu's spike made it 7-5 for Japan. Fukuzawa slammed a spike to give Japan an 8-6 lead at the first TTO. Japan took an 11-7 lead when Zaytsev's spike went long. Down by five points at 12-7, Italy called a timeout. Fukuzawa's spike made it 14-8. Italy then responded with three straight points for 14-11 and Japan took a timeout. Yamamura missed a spike and now Italy was within one at 14-13. Japan led 16-14 at the second TTO. Shimizu's spike put Japan back up by three at 17-14. Another Shimizu spike made it 20-16. A block by Travica made it 20-17. Shimizu missed a dink for 21-19 and Lasko followed with a spike to make it 21-20. Yoshihiko Matsumoto spiked for 22-20. Shimizu's spike was long and it was tied again at 22-22. Fukuzawa then gave Japan back the lead 23-22 with a spike. Shimizu missed another spike to even it 23-23. Lasko then served into the net and Japan had set point. Simone Parodi's spike levelled it at 24-24. Shimizu missed once more on a spike and now Italy had set point at 25-24. A block by Italy gave them the set 26-24. Fukuzawa had seven points in the set.

Italy grabbed a 5-3 lead in the third set on a spike by Parodi. Another spike by Parodi made it 7-4 for Italy. Italy led 8-5 at the first TTO. Mastrangelo's spike put Italy up 10-5 as Japan looked lethargic. Fei's block took it to 12-7. Usami's spike made it 12-9. Fei drove home another spike for 14-9. A Mastrangelo spike gave Italy a five-point lead at 16-11 at the second TTO. Matsumoto's spike made it 17-13. Lasko responded with a spike for 18-13. A block by Travica put Italy up six points at 20-14 and Japan called a timeout. Japan came back with three straight points for 20-17. A spike by Lasko made it 21-17. Ishijima uncorked a service ace as Japan moved within two at 21-19. Lasko blasted a spike for 22-19. Parodi's spike made it 23-20 for Italy. Italy moved to match point at 24-21 with another spike, but Parodi then served into the net. The match 25-22 ended when Fukuzawa served into the net.


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