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Women s Olympic Games 2004 - Press Conference

Press conference

Italy beat Greece 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-22) - duration 1:14
22-Aug, start time: 16:00, end time: 17:14 - Attendance: 9'392
City: Athens; Hall : Peace and Friendship Stadium
Italy dash Greece's hopes with fourth victory
Greece's chance of claiming the fourth and final quarterfinal spot in Pool A were dashed when world number four Italy comprehensively beat them in straight sets on the final day of the Preliminary Round.

The home team, who has recorded only one victory in their first match against Kenya, needed to beat Italy to finish ahead of Japan, who have two victories, on set ratio.

However the straight sets result was the possible result for Greece and now Italy, who have a record of four wins and a loss, have the chance of finishing first in Pool A if Korea beat Brazil in the penultimate match of the Preliminary Round.

Francesca PICCININI's powerful serving was the main factor to help Italy take the lead in the middle of the first set. Elisa TOGUT and Simona RINIERI DENNIS spiked efficiently and despite good Greek blocking, Italy sailed to a 25-19 win.

The difference in class between the world champions and world's number 21, Greece, was obvious in the second set too. In spite of the good efforts by Rouxantra-Kon NTOUMITRESKOU, Maria GKARAGKOUNI, Niki GKARAGKOUNI and Sofia IORDANIDOU, Italy managed to build a margin and never fell behind. The final 25-19 came as no surprise.

The scenario did not alter in the third set. Mighty Greece did not give up and brought the score from 24-17 to 24-22 thanks to on-fire NTOUMITRESKOU. But Manuela LEGGERI's spike end the Greek dreams of qualifying for the quarterfinals.

PICCININI was the top scorer for Italy with 15 points, while the hosts were lead by NTOUMITERSKOU who also had 15 points.

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