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FIVB Women's World Championship Japan 2006
 
Match Description
 
Smooth Italy confirm second place
 

Stefania Dall'Igna (ITA) vs Sherihan Abd El Fattah (EGY)
November 5, Nagoya: Defending champions Italy consolidated their number two spot in Pool D with a crushing win over Egypt.
The Italians made sure their opening night defeat to Serbia and Montenegro would be their only loss of the first round, as they ran out 25-17, 25-7 25-10 winners over the outclassed African champions.
Italy coach Massimo Barbolini rested several of his regulars, after securing qualification for the second round with the previous night's win over Cuba.
Egypt had nothing but pride to play for, but they looked to use every point on the world stage to stand their young team in good stead for the future.
Egypt made a strong start with big hits from Sherihan Abd El Fattah, but it was Italy who moved ahead at the first TTO with an 8-4 lead.
Egypt's Ingy El Shamy powered in a big spike as Italy were moving further ahead, although Nadia Centoni struck one straight back at the Africans to maintain the advantage.
But the Egyptians were not overawed by the occasion, and moved within touching distance at 16-13 down.
Italy's Serena Ortolani then skimmed a cross-court smash off an Egyptian defender, prompting the north Africans' coach Andres Martinez to call a time-out.
A long serve from Egypt then took the champions into double figures, before Centoni emphasised what the Africans were up against with a monster spike.
Egypt captain Yosra Selim had no chance of returning another Italian smash as the Europeans reached set point, which Martina Guiggi plucked out of the air to give her side a one-set lead.
Centoni was making the most of her starting opportunity, piling up points on the right flank as Italy raced to a 5-0 second set lead.
Number 5 Sara Anzanello had been more involved in Italy's previous games, but she showed she still had a thirst for more with a powerful point at the net.
Italy were threatening to run away from the Egyptians, and Valentina Fiorin made it 11-1 with a hammer blow at the net.
Egypt pulled points back through Mona Badawy and Marwa Abd El Razek, but Italian cruised on to the second TTO 16-5 ahead.
Ortolani then produced another cross-court finisher to give the champions a 20-7 advantage, before Anzanello's impenetrable presence at the net brought set point.
Ortolani then flashed a drive past the Egyptian defence as Italy cruised to a two-set lead.
The Italians briskly took an 8-2 lead as they looked to close out the game in the third set, but Egypt were trying everything to prevent it happening.
Dina Youssef returned an outstanding diving dig as the Africans tried to close ranks, but 15-year-old Nada Nassef was unable to prevent the point when it was fired back.
Nassef did get to a pass from her team-mates soon after, however, firing an unstoppable spike down the touchline.
But it was just a matter of time before Italy set the seal on Pool D with a win, and Ortolani brought the champions to set point at 24-10.
The Italian number 1 fired in another killer spike from the left, and the Europeans were free to turn their thoughts to the second round.