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Italy and France continue winning streak in World League

 
Italy have won their fourth consecutive win after defeating Iran in the FIVB Volleyball World League on Sunday

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 1, 2014 – Italy and France continued with their four-game winning streak on the second week of the FIVB Volleyball World League by beating Iran and Japan, respectively.

Italy scored another straight sets (27-25, 25-18, 25-22) victory against Iran on Sunday to lead in Pool A. With the two losses, Iran is now at the bottom of Pool A standings.

Both teams fought closely to the delight of the Verona crowd. Italy counted on their home fans while 1,000 Iranian fans also came to cheer for the visiting team.

Italy recovered from the pressure that the Iranian side applied late in the first frame, resulting to an extended set. The Italians’ excellent service game helped them to secure the second set after a strong start by the Iranians. Iran seized the lead before the second technical timeout but eventually slipped as Italy made some key replacements, with Jiri Kovar leading the charge.
Kovar and Ivan Zaytsev’s outstanding offence in the third set positioned Italy to claim victory.

Kovar complemented Zaytsev’s scoring dexterity in the match with 11 points coming off from the attack line, two blocks and two aces. Zaytsev led Italy with 18 points.

“We have different resources, both our fundamentals and players helped guide the team’s victory,” said Italy coach Mauro Berutto. “Zaytsev was amazing today. We cannot fail in front of an audience like we had today, and I am glad we did not.”

Meanwhile, France showed control with their second 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-21) win over Japan in Montpellier to take the lead in Pool D standings.

France ruled the first and second sets as their intensity were unmatched by Japan. The Japanese side was tentative which allowed the French squad to easily swing the momentum to their side. Japan managed to bounce back in the third set but their attacks lacked intensity which allowed France to breakout in the match.

Mory Sidibé led all scorers with 18 points to extend the winning streak of France.

In Pool E, the four teams got even win-loss cards with one win and one loss each in their second week start. Korea bounced back from their first match setback in Eindhoven with a 3-1 (25-18, 25-23, 20-25, 25-22) victory over hosts Netherlands. Tactical serving helped Korea’s young team to gain their first victory in this edition of the World League. Czech Republic likewise forced a draw with Portugal from their straight sets (25-23, 25-18, 25-22) triumph.

In other matches, Canada used home court advantage and defeated Finland in the tiebreaker (19-25, 25-21, 25-18, 23-25, 15-11) to gain second spot in Pool C. Gavin Schmitt’s 28-point output lifted Canada to pull off a victory in the fifth set after a slow start.

Germany pulled-off a remarkable comeback after being down in the first two sets in another five-setter match (20-25, 20-25, 25-20, 25-16, 15-13) to draw with Argentina in Pool D and conclude the matches of the second week.

The third week of FIVB Volleyball World League 2014 continues on June 6 to 8.

LIVE SCOREBOX 

Match
No

Pool

Date

Local
Time

GMT
Time

Teams

Live Score
Result

City

Description

Press
Conf.

Stats

Photos

G1-5

A

29/05

14:45

17:45

BRA-POL

3-0

Maringa

View

View

View

View

G1-6

A

30/05

14:45

17:45

BRA-POL

0-3

Maringa

View

View

View

View

G1-7

B

30/05

20:00

18:00

SRB-RUS

3-2

Nis

View

View

View

View

G1-8

A

30/05

20:30

18:30

ITA-IRI

3-0

Trieste

View

View

View

View

G2-8

E

31/05

15:10

13:00

NED-KOR

3-0

Eindhoven

View

View

View

View

G2-9

E

31/05

17:00

16:00

POR-CZE

3-1

Povoa de Varzim

View

View

View

View

G2-7

D

31/05

19:10

17:00

FRA-JPN

3-0

Montpellier

View

View

View

View

G1-10

B

31/05

20:00

18:00

SRB-RUS

3-1

Nis

View

View

View

View

G2-10

D

31/05

20:00

23:00

ARG-GER

3-0

Salta

View

View

View

View

G2-11

C

31/05

18:12

00:00

CAN-FIN

3-0

Calgary

View

View

View

View

G2-12

E

01/06

15:10

13:00

NED-KOR

1-3

Eindhoven

View

View

View

View

G2-16

D

01/06

17:00

15:00

FRA-JPN

3-0

Montpellier

View

View

View

View

G2-13

E

01/06

17:00

16:00

POR-CZE

0-3

Povoa de Varzim

View

View

View

View

G1-9

A

01/06

20:00

18:00

ITA-IRI

3-0

Verona

View

View

View

View

G2-15

C

01/06

18:10

00:00

CAN-FIN

3-2

Calgary

View

View

View

View

G2-14

D

01/06

22:00

01:00

ARG-GER

2-3

Salta

View

View

View

View


Standings

Pool A

Rk

Code

Team

Points

Matches

Results Details

Sets

Points

Played

Won

Lost

3-0

3-1

3-2

2-3

1-3

0-3

Won

Lost

Ratio

Won

Lost

Ratio

1

ITA

Italy

12

4

4

 

2

2

 

 

 

 

12

2

6.000

350

305

1.148

2

POL

Poland

3

2

1

1

1

 

 

 

 

1

3

3

1.000

148

150

0.987

3

BRA

Brazil

3

4

1

3

1

 

 

 

2

1

5

9

0.556

326

346

0.942

4

IRI

Iran

 

2

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

6

 

129

152

0.849

Pool B

Rk

Code

Team

Points

Matches

Results Details

Sets

Points

Played

Won

Lost

3-0

3-1

3-2

2-3

1-3

0-3

Won

Lost

Ratio

Won

Lost

Ratio

1

SRB

Serbia

5

2

2

 

 

1

1

 

 

 

6

3

2.000

202

179

1.128

2

USA

USA

5

2

2

 

 

1

1

 

 

 

6

3

2.000

204

195

1.046

3

BUL

Bulgaria

1

2

 

2

 

 

 

1

1

 

3

6

0.500

195

204

0.956

4

RUS

Russia

1

2

 

2

 

 

 

1

1

 

3

6

0.500

179

202

0.886

 Pool C

Rk

Code

Team

Points

Matches

Results Details

Sets

Points

Played

Won

Lost

3-0

3-1

3-2

2-3

1-3

0-3

Won

Lost

Ratio

Won

Lost

Ratio

1

BEL

Belgium

6

2

2

 

1

1

 

 

 

 

6

1

6.000

179

156

1.147

2

CAN

Canada

5

2

2

 

1

 

1

 

 

 

6

2

3.000

182

160

1.137

3

FIN

Finland

1

2

 

2

 

 

 

1

 

1

2

6

0.333

160

182

0.879

4

AUS

Australia

 

2

 

2

 

 

 

 

1

1

1

6

0.167

156

179

0.872

 Pool D

Rk

Code

Team

Points

Matches

Results Details

Sets

Points

Played

Won

Lost

3-0

3-1

3-2

2-3

1-3

0-3

Won

Lost

Ratio

Won

Lost

Ratio

1

FRA

France

11

4

4

 

3

 

1

 

 

 

12

2

6.000

332

273

1.216

2

GER

Germany

7

4

3

1

1

 

2

 

 

1

9

7

1.286

364

342

1.064

3

ARG

Argentina

5

4

1

3

1

 

 

2

 

1

7

9

0.778

342

353

0.969

4

JPN

Japan

1

4

 

4

 

 

 

1

 

3

2

12

0.167

273

343

0.796

 Pool E

Rk

Code

Team

Points

Matches

Results Details

Sets

Points

Played

Won

Lost

3-0

3-1

3-2

2-3

1-3

0-3

Won

Lost

Ratio

Won

Lost

Ratio

1

CZE

Czech Republic

3

2

1

1

1

 

 

 

1

 

4

3

1.333

161

157

1.025

2

NED

Netherlands

3

2

1

1

1

 

 

 

1

 

4

3

1.333

166

163

1.018

3

KOR

Korea

3

2

1

1

 

1

 

 

 

1

3

4

0.750

163

166

0.982

4

POR

Portugal

3

2

1

1

 

1

 

 

 

1

3

4

0.750

157

161

0.975


FIVB World League 2014 Performances

Top Scoring Performances
28 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Finland (June 1)
28 – Nemanja Petric of Serbia v Russia (May 31)
28 – Christian Fromm of Germany v Japan (May 24)
28 – Kunihiro Shimizu of Japan v Germany (May 24)
26 – Park Chul-Woo of Korea v Netherlands (June 1)
25 – Tsvetan Sokolov of Bulgaria v USA (May 23)

Top Blocking Performances
8 – Nicolas Le Goff of France v Japan (May 31)
8 – Matteo Piano of Italy v Brazil (May 24)
6 – Artem Volvich of Russia v Serbia (May 30)
5 – Matti Oivanen of Finland v Canada (June 1)
5 – Franck Lafitte of France v Argentina (May 25)
5 – Gustavo Porporatto of Argentina v France (May 25)
5 – Nicolas Marechal of France v Argentina (May 24)

Top Blocking Performances by Team
17 – France v Argentina (May 24)
15 – Germany v Argentina (June 1)
15 – Russia v Serbia (May 30)
14 – Finland v Canada (June 1)
14 – France v Argentina (May 25)
14 – USA v Bulgaria (May 24)
14 – Italy v Brazil (May 24)

Top Serving Performances
6 – Alexandre Ferreira (Portugal) v Czech Republic (May 31)
5 – Felipe Fonteles Luiz (Brazil) v Poland (May 29)
5 – Dick Kooy (Netherlands) v Korea (May 31)

Top Serving Performances by Team
10 – Germany v Japan (May 24)
9 – Serbia v Russia (May 30)
8 – Canada v Finland (June 1)
7 – Argentina v France (May 24)

Highest Scorer by Round
Week 1: 28 – Christian Fromm of Germany v Japan; Kunihiro Shimizu of Japan v Germany (May 24)
Week 2: 28 – Nemanja Petric of Serbia v Russia (May 31)

Highest Set Score
Week 1: Germany v Japan, 27-29 (May 24)
Week 2: Brazil v Poland, 29-27 (May 29)

Highest Scoring Matches
Week 1: Germany v Japan (May 24) (25-23, 25-21, 27-29, 23-25, 15-9) – 222 points
Week 2: Canada v Finland (June 1) (19-25, 25-21, 25-18, 23-25, 15, 11) – 207 points


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