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World Grand Prix 2003 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Italy beat U.S.A. 3-2 (23-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-15, 15-9) - duration 1.59
26-Jul, start time: 21.07, end time: 23.06 - Attendance: 2.600
Ita-Usa: Italy wins the challenge against USA
Even if it was not the qualification , the competition between Italy and U.S. is always a challenge.It was the return match of the previous final World Champion. Usa immediately on attack with a break of 5-0 in the 1st set. Italy took care of the defence, while Usa more concentred on the service to put in difficulty the Italian's reception, Italy had to pursue, two Italian's mistakes at 23-23, gave Usa the opportunity to win the 1st set.The beginning of the 2nd set was more balanced, Italy tried to avoid the American's block with a game rich in imagination, and U.S. was able to endure, going on to lead the game and taking the advantage of +5.The Italians did not manage to recover the disadvantage and U.S. got the 2nd set. Finally at the beginning of the 3rd set Italy took the lead, mantaining the score till 15-15. The recover of the USA had obliged Italy to engage hard to win the 3rd set and to put in discussion the result. Partial success took heart Italy that started in advantage in the 4th set too, The Americans were not able to recover and Italy took U.S. to the- tie break.point on point between Italy and U.S. and Italy won the match.