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Italy too strong for Peru

Italy celebrate as they move one step closer to the finals with a win over Peru on Friday
Hong Kong, China, August 19, 2011 - Italy overcame Peru in straight sets (25-18, 25-16, 25-18) in Hong Kong on Friday as the final weekend of the 2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix preliminary round began in Hong Kong.

Italy demonstrated forceful attacks and broke the defense of Peru consistently throughout the match.

2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix
August 5-28

Peru failed to come into the match motivated, committing errors in reception as Italy built a four-point gap at the first TTO. Peru called for their first timeout as they lagged five points behind. However Italy continued to dominate, moving ahead to 16-9 at the second TTO. Peru’s Jessenia Uceda delivered a few powerful spikes to narrow the score line but Italy again widened the gap before taking the set.

Italy came storming out in the second, leading 14-1 thanks in part to Lucia Crisanti’s and Lucia Bosetti’s concrete blocks. After two timeouts by Peru they strengthened their attacks and narrowed the gap to 16-9. Taking advantage of Peru’s repeated errors in serving and receiving, Italy soon regained their form to take the set 25-16.

Peru refused to become discouraged by the frustrations from the first two sets and took a 5-2 lead in the third, increasing the margin to five points at the first TTO. The undaunted Peru girls tried hard to sustain their performance with determination but Italy halted the fight back to take a 16-13 lead at the second TTO. Italy continued with their superb performance and finished the match on top.

On Saturday Italy take on defending champions USA while Peru face Germany.


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