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FIVB Women's World Championship Japan 2006
 
Match Description
 
Italy keep their destiny in their own hands with another victory
 

Italy's Elisa Togut
November 11, Nagoya: Italy made sure they kept their World Championships destiny in their own hands as the defending champions made short work of Chinese Taipei.
The Italians' 25-15, 25-13, 25-14 win means they are guaranteed a semi-final berth if they win their final second round match against hosts Japan, but will advance sooner if Cuba and the Japanese both lose later today.
Chinese Taipei are now out of the medals reckoning, but are still on course to make the classification matches in Osaka next week.
Italian captain Simona Rinieri-Dennis had said before the match that her side were yet to begin firing on all cylinders, but had been steadily improving since their opening night loss to Serbia and Montenegro.
Chinese Taipei's amazing start to the competition had begun to lose steam after successive losses to Turkey and Cuba, and coach Lin Kuang Hung was looking to get his side back on track in Nagoya's Rainbow Hall.
Italy's big guns began firing from the off.
Rinieri-Dennis, Francesca Piccinini and Sara Anzanello all weighed in with early points as the champions took an early 8-6 lead.
But Chinese Taipei gave as good as they got, with Kou Nai Han finding plenty of space to attack on the right flank.
The Asians made ground after Italy threatened to pull away, but solid blocking and relentless attacking all over the court then eased the champions into a 19-11 lead.
Livewire setter Wu Hsiao Li tried to unlock the Italian defence as she switched play back and forth across the wings, but soon Anzanello had given the Italians set point at 24-15.
Piccinini dealt with a Chinese Taipei attack and laid the ball off to setter Eleonora Lo Bianca in one fluid movement, then seized the return pass to drive the ball home and clinch the first set.
Italy's efficient play continued into the second set, with Anzanello beginning to dominate at the net.
Lin Ching I had to be at her best to make a diving save from another Italian rocket, but the threat was coming from all directions.
Paola Paggi popped up on the right to add another for the Italians, before a Rinieri-Dennis smash left Kou Nai Han sprawling as Italy took a 16-8 lead into the second TTO.
A brilliant running dig by libero Szu Hui Fang held the Italian onslaught at bay momentarily, and Tseng Hua Yu pulled a point back with a cute tip over at the net, but it was merely a stay of execution for Chinese Taipei.
Elisa Togut gave Italy set point at 24-12, and Piccinini finished a point later with a vicious cross-court spike.
Chinese Taipei's first round heroics looked to have taken their toll on the young side, but Tseng proved there was still fight as she crashed home a big smash early in the third set.
Chen Mei Ching was making some important blocks, and Lin Ching I fired a spike off Italian fingers to give the Asians an 8-6 lead at the first TTO.
But the comeback was not to last, as the champions turned the screw and Piccinini came to the fore.
Coach Lin Kuang Hung called a time-out with his side 19-11 down, but soon Italy had match point.
Anzanello rose at the net for a final time, as the champions took another huge stride towards the semi-finals in Osaka.