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World Grand Prix 2005 - Match Descriptive

Match Descriptive

Italy beat Japan 3-0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-14) - duration 1:17
13-Jul, start time: 18:00, end time: 19:17 - Attendance: 8'300
City: Sendai; Hall : Sendai City Gymnasium
Italy crush Japan in straight sets
Sendai, Japan, July 13, 2005 -- Italy cruised to a 3-0 victory over a disappointing Japan team in the third match on the first day of the World Grand Prix finals on Wednesday.
Italy won 25-12, 25-21, 25-14 in just 63 minutes to join Cuba and Brazil with a 1-0 record on completion of play for day one.
Italy were too strong in all areas, and Japan had no answers in front of a capacity home crowd.
Valentina Fiorin led all scorers with 15 points -- 12 spikes and three blocks -- and three team-mates also recorded double-digit hauls.
It was a very nervy opening by Japan, and Italy quickly settled into their attacking rhythm.
Although Japan enjoyed sporadic success on the left from the varied attacks of Chie Yoshizawa and Miyuki Takahashi, Italy's blocking was far too effective.
Italy were well in control throughout, and Elisa Cella closed out the first set 25-12 in 19 minutes with an unstoppable spike from the left.
The introduction of Kaoru Sugayama breathed new life into Japan at the start of the second set, and she was quick to make an impact on the left.
But whenever Japan threatened a comeback, Nadia Centoni would produce a big winner for Italy to keep them in front.
Takahashi continued to batter away at Italy's right flank, but the Europeans had too many aces.
On their second set point, Sara Anzanello carved open Japan's defence straight down the middle to end the second set 25-21.
Italy, with some early points for Fiorin, jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third set, and were almost out of reach at 16-8 at the second technical break.
Fiorin was the dominant player at the end, setting up match point at 24-13 and then ending the contest at 25-14 from her position on the left.