FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

MATCH INFO

Italy triumphant in European derby against France


Ivan Zaytsev proved vital as his reception and attack helped Italy to manage their French rivals

Florence, Italy, May 19, 2012 - Italy clinched their second win of the weekend on Saturday with a 3-1 (20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-22) win over France in Pool C of the FIVB Volleyball World League in Florence, Italy thrilling the home fans. 

Unfortunately the match began with a minute's silence following the shocking terrorist attack in the south of Italy.

Italy made a great start, leading 6-3, but thanks to its blocks France pulled ahead at both technical timeouts at 8-7 and 16-13. Italy failed to capitalize on their promising start and Antonin Rouzier’s ace saw France seal the opening set.

The second set was an even affair early on with the best and long lasting rally finishing at 9-9 following a failed Ivan Zaytsev’s spike. At the second technical time out Italy was ahead 16-15 and the set remained close until Cristian Savani and Alessandro “Fox” Fei decided to put their talent in attacking and blocking on display to end the set in the host's favour.

France rebounded well to open the third frame, with breathless attacks to build a five-point gap. The towering Kevin Le Roux proved the difference in the middle as his team went into the second technical timeout 16-12 ahead. Ivan Zaytsev’s kill block saw Italy take the lead at 21-20 and from their they went on a triumphant march, cheered on by the fans, until they clinched the set 25-21.

The fourth provided a platform for the attacking ability of youngster Earvin Ngapeth but the receiving talent of the oldest player Samuele Papi proved too much as the home side's defence held out as they clinched the set 25-22 and with it the win.

Opposite Antonin Rouzier was the game’s top scorer with 22 points. Cristian Savani was the most prolific Italian with 18 points, with Ivan Zaytsev adding another 17 for Italy


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