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Italy record win over Kazakhstan

Italy needed five sets to see off Kazakhstan in an epic encounter
Almaty, Kazakhstan, August 12, 2011 – Italy notched up their first win on the second week of the 2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix with a narrow 3-2 (22-25, 22-25, 25-18, 25-19, 15-12) win over hosts Kazakhstan in Almaty on Friday.

Kazakhstan’s nervousness was evident as the Italian experience shone through as they edged the win.

2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix
August 5-28

Costagrande Carolina scored 23 points for Italy while Trubina Kristina added 15 points for Kazakhstan.

The first set started very competitively. Kazakhstan took the lead but the Italians fought back to draw even. Thanks to good play from Olga Drobyshevskaya the home side again went ahead and increased their lead off the back of Italian errors in both defence and serving. The side managed to maintain the gap despite a late Italian fightback to clinch the first set.

Italy paid more attention in the second set but the Kazakh girls played excellent in attack and took the lead quickly. Both blocks were holding out well but Kazakhstan did not let Italy back into the game, keeping ahead. After the second TTO Kazakhstan went further ahead before taking their second set of the match.

The set gave Kazakhstan further confidence and they took the lead in the third thanks to a number of unforced errors from Italy. Italy did an excellent job in block but Kazakhstan held onto the lead. However Italy finally began to find gaps as they drew level at nine-all. The lead then changed many times before Italy found a foothold to take the lead, holding on to bring the scores to 2-1.

Italy took the lead in the fourth and despite the hosts drawing level, their rivals edged ahead again. Kazakhstan then allowed mistakes to creep into their game as Italy took advantage, moving further ahead. A counter attack was launched by the home side following the second TTO but it was to no avail as Italy stormed ahead to bring the scores level and take the match to a tie break.

Kazakhstan took a two point lead at the start of the final set but Italy fought back to bring the scores level at 5-5. The battle between the two teams remained competitive but Kazakhstan took the lead at 10-6 and looked certain to pick up the win with aggressive play. However Italy maintained their composure as they forced themselves back into the tie to seal a heart-stopping win.

On Saturday Italy will play against Thailand while Kazakhstan face world No.1 Brazil.


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