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Italian experience better than Argentinean ambition

Italian coach Massimo Barbolini used his experienced players to seal the win
Bydgoszcz, Poland, August 6, 2011 – European champions Italy defeated Argentina 3-1 (25-17, 23-25, 25-20, 25-18) to win their second consecutive match in the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix in Bydgoszcz, Poland to conclude proceedings on Saturday.
 
Italy had to work hard to beat the ambitious South Americans.

2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix
August 5-28


Argentina’s Lucia Fresco was the best scorer of the match with 16 points while Lucia Bosetti earned 15 points for the Italians.
 
Italy coach Massimo Barbolini introduced few new players to the starting sixfollowing Friday’s match against Dominican Republic. They were very effective especially in the first set. Ilaria Garzaro scored five points as did Lucia Bosetti. On the opposite side of the net Argentina’s players could not concentrate in receiving and were not as efficient as they should have been in attack as they went down 1-0.

In the second set both teams were close, but it was Italy who took the lead at the first TTO. Lucia Fresco’s powerful right-side spikes then helped Argentina back into the game and her side eventually picked up the set to bring the scores level.

The South Americans stayed focused in the third set to take the lead. But they couldn’t maintain their advantage as Italy moved four points ahead. Carolina Costagrande was then brought on for Italy and was key as she helped her team mates regain their lead at 2-1.

Italy continued their dominance in the fourth set but Argentina fought back, defending strong spikes and using their block well. But Italy’s experience proved the difference as they sealed the set and with that, the match.
 
On Sunday Italy will face Poland, while Argentina will play Dominican Republic.

  

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