Italy beat Korea to remain on track for Final Round
Italian captain Cristian Savani goes up for a spike as he lead his side to another win on Friday over Korea
Trieste, Italy, June 24, 2011 - Italy beats Korea in straight sets (25-18; 25-21; 25-20), in front of 3.800 fans in PalaTrieste to move closer to qualification for the Final Round of the 2011 FIVB Volleyball World League on Friday.
Another convincing win for the players of coach Mauro Berruto who defeated a solid opponent who fought every point.
Italyimproved their win-loss record to 8-1 andremains firmly at the top of Pool D. For Korea this is their first defeat away Asia and the third consecutive after the two defeats against Cuba at home. Italy remained focused throughout the game, playing well all the decisive points of the match with a great performance from Ivan Zaytsev, best scorer with 17 points.
Both teams started well in the first set but Italy took early the lead. But mistakes crept into the hosts game as Korea closed the gap. Despite this, the Italian team maintained the lead and thanks to three explosive serves of Ivan Zaytsev closed the set easily.
Italy took an early lead at the beginning of the second. More aggressive in attack and solid in defence, the side took a four point lead as they improved their rhythm to take the 2-0 lead.
Korea tried to stay in the match in the third set. The teams went point by point until the first TTO when Korea had a slight margin at 8-7. Italy wanted to win and put pressure again on their opponents with incisive attacks and impressive block to seal the win.
The teams will play again on Sunday in Padova at 19:00 GMT.