After that one South Korea yesterday continues with another 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-17), this time on Slovenia, the Olympic qualifying tournament of the national women’s volleyball team. In Lodz, without Paola Egonu
(who withdrew from the call after the dissatisfaction at the European Championship and started training with Milan on Friday) and Alessia Orro (remained in Italy to recover from the head and neck injury sustained after the collision with the billboards in the third final against the Netherlands), the Italians continue their journey in the Polish group without any problems. The young Slovenian team is coached by Marco Bonita – who coaches the Ravenna men in the A2 series in Italy and who won the World Cup in 2002 with the Italian national women’s team – tries it at the beginning and at the beginning of the third set, but the greater technical quality of Mazzanti’s team immediately came to the fore and after two days of competition, the Italians took first place in the group together with Poland, the United States and Germany.
Balanced start, after which Antropova wakes up
Mazzanti is putting together the starting lineup for these pre-Olympic Games Bosio at the dribble,
Anthropova opposite, Pietrini And Sylla crushers, Lubian And Danes central e Fersino libero (same as the European Championship with the only necessary change on the dribble). The Italians are starting slowly and are a bit dirty. The Slovenians believe in it, they find good solutions with seventeen-year-old Spiker Pucelj and they remain connected in the score. Until Anthropova (17 points at the end of the game) does not loosen his arm, Bosio finds an agreement with the central teams and Italy increases the intensity of their play. The blocking percentages increase (at the end of the first set there are 5 winners) and the Italians take the lead. Returning to the field, Mazzanti’s team maintains the same pace: Sylla also grows in attack and Italy puts a break between itself and its opponents that it manages without difficulty.
Ace and the wall that ends the game
Slovenia started better in the third set: Siftar hits three consecutive aces and gives the team Bonitta the first big lead (6-2). After the timeout in which Mazzanti asks his team to train their ability to respond immediately to mistakes to avoid losing points in a series, the Italians switch. With Villani on the court for Sylla from the start of the set and Degradi for Pietrini from the middle of the set, Italy grows, regains the shine of Antropova, equalizes on point number 9 (with an ace from Lubian) and then steps down the accelerator into Danesi’s block on Mlakar, which ends the match.
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