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Women s Olympic Games 2004 - Press Conference

Press conference

Italy beat Kenya 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-14) - duration 1:12
20-Aug, start time: 19:30, end time: 20:42 - Attendance: 4'290
City: Athens; Hall : Peace and Friendship Stadium
Italy outclass Kenya
World champions Italy booked their spot in quarterfinals after outplaying Kenya in straight sets to record their third victory of the Preliminary Round.

Italy's only defeat has been at the hands of favourites Brazil and they continued their good form with a convincing display of quality Volleyball. Kenya, on the other hands, will search for their first win against Japan, on Sunday, which, depending on other results, could see them still qualify for the next phase.

But a win against Japan is unlikely judging on today's form. Italy took charge of the game right from the start and Kenya only held the lead briefly in the beginning of the first set. It wasn't long before Italy confirmed their status as the heavy favorites for the match when they wrapped up the first set with a winning margin of eight points.

Things were about to become easier for Italy in the second set. Francesca PICCININI, making her tournament debut in the starting line-up, led Italy offensively and was a key player in Italy's comfortable winning margin of 12 points.

By this stage Kenya were struggling in defence and in coordinating their attack. Therefore there was no surprise to see the likes of Nadia CENTONI, Paola PAGGI and PICCININI finishing the Italian attacks at will, while their defence only allowed Kenya to score 14 points in the set.

Overall it was a good workout for Italy but coach Marco Bonitta will still be looking for areas of improvement, particularly with the quarterfinals not far away.

CENTONI, PAGGI and PICCININI were the top scorers for Italy, with 14, 13 and 12 points respectively while Dorcas NAKHOMICHA scored nine points for Kenya, despite struggling with her efficiency (only 8 out of 21 spikes).

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