Doha, Qatar, December 17, 2010 – Italy's Foppapedretti Bergamo qualified for the semifinals of the 2010 FIVB Women's Club World Championship as the best-ranked team in Pool B after easily defeating Kenya Prisons in straight sets (25-15, 25-13, 25-16) and, in the process, ensuring the African champions' elimination.
A second successive victory proved a not particularly demanding task for the winners of the 2009 and 2010 CEV Champions League whose coach Davide Mazzanti even took the opportunity, as the game progressed, to rest some of his regular starting players against opponents now beaten twice in Pool B. In their place, Mazzanti tried out some of the youngsters in his squad, providing them with valuable experience on the international stage.
The loyal fans of men's club Trentino BetClic, in a spirit of Italian solidarity, prolonged their stay at the Al-Garafa sports hall – where they had seen their favourites beat Drean Bolivar 3-1 – to cheer on the Bergamo team. With captain Francesca Piccinini still absent with a muscle strain, Mazzanti initially lined up all of his best players but as soon as he realised that the Kenyans' resistance would be minimal, other players – such as Caterina Fanzini and Marina Zambelli – joined the game with no negative impact on Bergamo's supremacy.
Bergamo won the first two sets by convincing margins (25-15 and 25-13) and maintained their command in the third, with the first mandatory stop arriving with an 8-2 advantage for Serena Ortolani and Co. Perhaps inevitably, the Italian side's concentration wavered and the Kenyans were able to score a few points, closing the deficit to 14-10 but that was as good as it got for David Lungaho's charges as Bergamo regained their focus and the match was quickly over.