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World League 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Italy beat France 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-21) - duration 1:05
13-Aug, start time: 17:30, end time: 18:35 - Attendance: 471
Italy demoralise France 3-0 in openig match
Italy, showing much of the skill that has given them eight World League titles demoralised France 3-0 in the opening match in what has been described by locla Brazilian Media as "the Group of Death". the Squadra Azzurri charged through the first, almost unchallenged before France got back into the game but not into the match in the following two sets.
Italy gave few chances to the French team in the first set and swept the points with the kind of style that has given them their dominance in this important annual tournament. Although the French coach Philippe Blain made some changes - replacing setter De Kegret for Patin -, the Italians continued to be excellent in the defense. The counter attacks were led by Gravina in blocking and by Fei and Zlatanov in the attack.
The following set was much more equal, with both teams exchanging the lead throughout. But forced serving and attacking errors by France let them down and Italy was quick to retaliate, running up a five point lead. However French captain Daquin came on for Montmeat and was very effective in the center, helping the team to draw close to the Italians. Then Fei counter attacked and put Italy in front 2-0.
The French players hung on in the third set and did not let Italy open up the score. but the French against started to slip and Italian blocking and attacks gave them the amtch.