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World Grand Prix 2005 - Match Descriptive

Match Descriptive

Italy beat China 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-22) - duration 1:13
14-Jul, start time: 12:35, end time: 13:48 - Attendance: 4'050
City: Sendai; Hall : Sendai City Gymnasium
Italy maintain recent dominance over China
Sendai, Japan, July 14, 2005 -- Impressive Italy continued their recent dominance of China by beating the Olympic champions 3-0 in the first match on the second day of the World Grand Prix finals.
After disposing of Japan 3-0 the previous evening, Italy outclassed China 25-16, 25-21, 25-22.
Italy, who had beaten China 3-0 in preliminary group action on Sunday, became the first team to win two matches, while China dropped to 0-2.
Nadia Centoni was unstoppable for Italy, with 17 fluid spikes, while Sara Anzanello and Valentina Fiorin both had three blocking points in a solid defensive display.
China still looked to be in shock from the previous day's collapse against Cuba.
Italy jumped out to a 10-1 lead, at which point China's head coach, Chen Zhonghe, called his second time-out.
He also made three substitutions during the first set to try and galvanise his team, but China could find no answer to Italy's array of attacking talent and well-drilled blockers.
Centoni scored seven points in rapid succession as the Azzurri took a one-sided first set 25-16.
In the second set, China started to put together some smooth attacking combinations, but the threat of power spiker Yang Hao was negated by the Italian defence.
Fiorin gave Italy set point with a razor-sharp spike from the left, and Centoni, inevitably, closed out the set 25-21 from the opposite flank.
In the third set, China, with Yang now on the sidelines, reorganised their attack, and Chu Jinling found her rhythm as China led 8-7 at the first technical break.
But Italy's strong all-round game enabled them to adapt quickly, and they led 16-14 at the second technical break.
Jenny Barazza swooped down the centre to give Italy their first match point at 24-21, and the same player ended the contest after China had saved one match point.
Chu and the impressive Zhang Ping both scored 14 points for China.