VNL: Italy beats the World Champions of Poland

In the first set the Azzurri took the field with the sextet who took the field with France with Piccinelli in place of the injured Scanferla on the field. Poland ahead in the early exchanges but Italy found the advantage on 6-5 thanks to a winning attack by Romanò. Fornal’s block out brings Poland back to a parity 7-7 but Galassi’s block brings Italy forward by two 9-7. Fornal scored again, his 12-10 point for Poland. Urbanowicz’s point brings Poland up +3, maximum advantage 17-14. Italy touches the wall, defends and rebuilds, Romanò shortens the distance to 18-17. The Polish opposite Butryn pierces the blue wall and puts 21-18 on the ground which becomes 22-18 with the ace of the same. Italy holds the Polish trail, Galassi’s ace marks 22-20. Romanò’s serve, with Gironi replacing Bottolo, ends on the net for 24-21 Poland, which closes the set at 25-21.

The second set starts with the same 6 + 1. Poland immediately ahead until 4-1. Italy that grinds points to not let the Poles go 6-4. Fornal stops Romanò on the wall and signs the point of 9-5. Galassi still passes from the center, his point number 7 for the blues with Poland ahead 11-7. Italy shortens again with Romanò passing from place 2 to the point of 11-8. Poland stretches, goes on +4 on 15-11. Bottolo’s point is worth the point number 18 for Italy with Poland ahead of 2. On the Moscow field for courtesy. He scores for the 21-20 point with Italy further reducing the disadvantage. Piccinelli’s defense allows Recine to equalize the score at 22-22 thanks to his block out and Recine repeats himself with a winning parallel that brings the Azzurri ahead 23-22. Italy wins the first set ball with Romanò, 24-22. The error in the service of Poland gives the set to the blues 25-23.

In the third set there are Vitelli and Mosca in the center on the pitch. Italy starts well and leads 3-2, Vitelli’s first half wins 4-3, his ace of 5-3. Bottolo’s block leads Italy 6-3 which becomes 8-4 with an attacking error from Poland. Italy maintains the advantage, Giannelli’s point is worth 9-5. Italy at the maximum advantage on +6, 11-5. The Moscow wall keeps +6, Italy ahead 16-10. Bottolo passes from the second line again, his point of 20-14. The maximum advantage comes at 21-14, the Azzurri ahead of 7. Poland shortens the gap taking them to four points behind Italy who leads 23-19. Italy wins the set with a score of 25-20 thanks to an error in the service of Poland.

Moscow and Vitelli in the center confirmed in the fourth set. Italy ahead 4-3 also starts well in the fourth set, immediately putting pressure on their opponents. Giannelli’s second touch is worth 5-4, Romanò’s attack 6-4. The Polish connection arrives at 6-6. Two blue oversights allow Poland to go to 10-8. Italy finds parity at 10-10. The teams proceed arm in arm, the error in the service of the Poles brings Italy forward by a length of 15-14. The wall of Recine is valid on 17-15 for Italy. The Giannelli-Romanò agreement is confirmed as winning, the opposite blue scores the 18-16. Bottolo winning with the block out that is worth 19-18 Italy. Bottolo’s ace leads Italy to 23-20. Italy closes sets and matches by winning the first victory thanks to another ace from Bottolo for the final 25-20.


Fefè De Giorgi (Italy Manager)Our goal today was to focus on the things we needed to improve. We knew the opponent was tough. I’m happy because we resisted well especially in the second set and this gave us strength. We then found continuity in the game situations even if we still need to improve on some aspects. However, it is important to have seen the attitude of the boys, we need these races to test the game situations. I believe that those who joined today gave their contribution as always happens for everyone, these are very important experiences for this group. It is a challenging group. Tomorrow we will train, taking advantage of the day off. We have to keep the focus high. “

Yuri Romanò (Italy) – « We knew it was a difficult match even today, but I think yesterday it didn’t go so badly. Today we have filed down some things compared to yesterday. Reacting like this shows that we are a team that does not give up and we still have a lot of margins. We are a good group, very united, we are all useful and we have seen today. I think the team was the key to today’s victory. I am happy with the agreement with Simone Giannelli, we are happy now we will improve that too. We now have a day off and then another good match against the home team, we will arrive very excited, we want to continue on this path ».


ITALY – POLAND 3-1 (21-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-20)

ITALY: Recine 9, Giannelli 4, Bottolo 16, Courtesy 2, Galassi 5, Romanò 16, Piccinelli (L), Gironi, Mosca 3, Vitelli 3. Ne Pinali, Falschi, Gardini, Scanferla (L). All. De Giorgi.

POLAND: Szymura 12, Kochanowski 6, Fornal 12, Butryn 19, Poreba 8, Firlej, Popiwczak (L), Muzaj, Lipinski, Kozub, Klos, Kwolek, Urbanowicz, Ne Szymura K. (L). Herds Grbic.

REFEREES: Ovuka Sinisa (BIH), Akinci Erdal (TUR)
Set duration: 22 ‘, 25’, 21 ‘, 23’.
Italy: 5 a, 22 bs, 5 mv, 31 et
Poland: 4 a, 23 bs, 6 mv, 38 et.


Pool 1 Brasilia (Brazil)

China – Iran 1-3 (15-25, 25-19, 22-25, 15-25)
Slovenia 0-3 USA (19-25, 19-25, 14-25)
Japan 3-1 Netherlands (22-25, 26-24, 25-22, 25-17)
Brazil 3-0 Australia (25-14, 25-18, 25-21)
Japan 3-1 China (21-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-18)
Netherlands 0-3 USA (12-25, 18-25, 16-25)

Friday 10 June 2022-

02.00 am Brazil – Slovenia

8.00 pm Holland – Iran

11.00 pm Japan – USA

Saturday 11 June 2022

02.00 Australia – Slovenia

20.00 USA – Brazil

11.00 pm Slovenia – China

Sunday 12 June 2022-

02.00 Iran – Australia

3.00 pm Brazil – China

18.00 Iran – Japan

9.00 pm Holland – Australia


Pool 2 Ottawa (Canada)

Bulgaria – Serbia 1-3 (25-19, 19-25, 22-25, 20-25)
Canada 0-3 Germany (19-25, 20-25, 28-30)
Poland 3-0 Argentina (25-21, 25-22, 25-23)
France – Italy 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-19)
Germany – Argentina 1-3 (25-18, 22-25, 17-25, 20-25)
Serbia – France 1-3 (25-21, 22-25, 23-25, 23-25)

Italy 3-1 Poland (21-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-20)

Friday 10 June 2022-

01.30 am Poland – Italy

17.00 Serbia – Argentina

10.30 pm Bulgaria – Germani

Saturday 11 June 2022-

01.30 France – Canada

19.00 Germany – Serbia

22.00 Bulgaria – Poland

Sunday 12 June 2022-

01.00 Canada – Italy

17.00 France – Poland

20.00 Argentina – Italy

11.00 pm Bulgaria – Canada

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