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Seeking for new motivations, Italy outplays Thailand in four sets

The Thai girls performing the "wai" to thank the audience for their support
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 9, 2009. Having missed the qualification for the semifinals after yesterdays’ terrific battle against European champions Belgium, the Italians found it initially difficult to find the right motivation for the match against the Thais. The game with the Belgians had been very demanding, both mentally and physically, so the hosts did not find it too difficult to set the pace in the first set but then the “Azzurre” stormed back with all their positive fighting spirit to defend their honor and display a great performance – especially in blocking and serving – to level the count with a rapid 25-16.
The Thai orchestra and choirs tried to boost the local heroines and actually they were back in contention for the victory gaining in consistency in the third set whereas the Italians had slowed down a little bit their rhythm. Coach Moretti decided to give a rest to some of his regular players – such as giant Diouf and Caneva – and that was quite a clever move, since Diouf returned back to the court for the very last exciting rallies and brought more than a decisive contribution in diverting three set balls for Thailand and closing it out at 27-25 for Italy. 
Red-haired Laura Baggi and Angela Gabbiadini – whose popularity among the local audience descends mainly from her mother being Thai – backed up Diouf and Caneva in the fourth set with an extremely solid performance in attack and that combined with the flurry of faults hampering the Thai score paved the way for the 3-1 the Italians were so badly longing for (25-22).
 
  

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