Short characterization

ITALY

 

STARTING PLAYERS / SUBSTITUTES

RANKING 2000 - 2008

OG   2000

3

WL   2001

2

WCh 2002

5

WC   2003

2

OG   2004

2

WL   2005

7

WCh 2006

5

WC   2007

-

OG   2008

4

 

After two tight victories against CHN 3:2 and POL 3:2, the team of ITA lost in the semi-final against BRA 1:3 and in their last match for bronze against the team of RUS also by 1:3.

 

Team in general

Team formation with plenty of veteran, experienced players (average age 30.7 years, 4 players from the OG 2004, only one under 27 years); belongs to the rather tall teams (average without libero 199 cm).

Tactically very systematically organised manner of playing in complex I (ball distribution) and   complex II (serve - block - defence; computer-assisted game control).

 

Serve

·         Good mixture of jump and float serves with very good tactical adaptation to subsequent block/defence situations. Few direct points (average by set 0.8), but good tactical effect!

 

Reception

·         Stable, but not outstanding reception performance; No 9 Martino ranking fifth in players ranking (69 % success). Situational application of overhand reception.

·         Consistently 3-player formation against jump serves and 2-player formation against float serves.

 

Set / Attack Complex 1 and Complex 2

·         Balanced technically skilled and precise distribution of sets with different strengths of No 5 Vermiglio (pos. 4) and No 6 Meoni (first tempo/pos. 2) – sets individually well adapted to the attackers!

·         Attack in complex I: Prefer second tempo attacks from precise, rather not so speedy sets– with No 8 Cisolla (ranking sixth in spikers’ ranking list) and the young No 9 Martino they have two very good outside attackers.   

·         All middle blockers active with first tempo attacks – however with different strength near setter and/of away from setter. 

·         Attack in complex II: Strong emphasis on outside attack via high diagonal sets  (approx. 35 %) and combination attacks with too low efficiency of attack as a whole (exception: Cisolla).

·         Not enough first tempo attacks (less than 10 %) from transition situations – most often from perfect set position – rarely moments of surprise!

 

Block / Defence

·         Well organised block/defence behaviour against attacks at the outside positions – with generally strict specialisation to positions in block and defence! 

·         Average performance in blocking of the team (2.32 points per set) and of the middle blocker with generally good tactical orientation – against attacks from high diagonal sets formation 3-player block

·         Classical and constant formation in defence positions (libero/middle blocker pos 5, reception-outside attack pos. 6) – No 12 Corsano (outstanding libero ranking first)! Good defence against diagonal attacks in double and triple defence.