VNL: Italy closes the first week overcoming Argentina

It was not an easy victory for the Azzurri who, after a sprint start, suffered the return of Mendez’s men capable of reopening the race and keeping Italy underneath even in the fourth until the reaction that led to the Azzurri to conquer sets of advantages and the important victory. Bottolo once again in evidence with 21 points scored, good week 1 for the spiker from Veneto as well as for Recine who scored 16 points today. Among today’s numbers 13 team point walls and 7 aces in the victory that once again showed character especially in the final part of the match.

The restart is scheduled for tomorrow. The technical commissioner Ferdinando De Giorgi, who tested positive today at Covid 19, will not return to Italy tomorrow with the blue team, but will respect the isolation period provided for by the regulations of the local health authorities.

At the end of the boarding school scheduled in Cavalese from tomorrow to June 16, where athletes not currently involved in VNL are involved, the calls for a mini boarding school scheduled in Milan from June 16 to 18 will be issued from which the athletes who will take part in the pool 3 in Quezon City in the Philippines. In week 2 of VNL the Azzurri will meet for pool 3: Germany, Japan, Slovenia and China.

In the first set the novelty is Vitelli to partner with Galassi in the center from the beginning. Diagonal by now consolidated with Giannelli and Romanò, Recine and Bottolo crushers and Piccinelli free. Italy immediately did well in the first exchanges, Vitelli’s block was worth 4-1. Bottolo immediately warms up his arm, he is the 5-2, Bottolo who repeats himself for the 8-5 with a block out. Argentina draws 11-11 with Lima. Italy immediately found the advantage and went to 14-11 with a block from Bottolo. Another wall by Bottolo is worth 18-12. The maximum blue advantage reaches 22-15. Recine wins the 23-17 just two lengths from the set. Recine himself won the first set ball at 24-18, which was then closed by the Azzurri at 25-20 with an error in Loser’s service.

In the second set, the same initial 6 + 1 for the Azzurri sent to the field by Caponeri. Romanò’s wall brings the blues forward 3-2. Argentina contains the Azzurri in the starting phase, 6-6. Lima Errors in service on both sides, Argentina ahead 9-8. Italy gets back ahead, Romanò is good in strength on the opponent’s wall 10-9. The set continues on the parity line, 12-12. Recine tries to break the inertia of the set, he is the wall that carries the blues forward 14-13. Recine well on the hands of the opponent’s wall scores the 19-16 for Italy. The Challenge confirms Argentina’s serve out which brings Italy forward 21-19. Galassi’s wall brings the blues to 23-21, Bottolo’s ace to 24-21. The blue wall stops Argentina and delivers the set to Italy 25-21.

There is Pinali for Romanò from the start in the third set. Argentina ahead 4-1 starts well immediately, the wall stops the Azzurri. Bottolo takes advantage of a long reception and puts the 4-3 on the ground. Argentina forward since the beginning of the set, Italy tries to shorten the distance and does it with Bottolo 8-5. Argentina stretches with two consecutive blocks reaching 11-5. Argentina which goes to +6, 13-7. Calves scored to reduce the gap from an Argentina forward 14-9. Galassi does not pass from the center, he finds the Argentine wall, 19-11. Pinali to score for the twelfth point of Italy. Inside Falaschi for Giannelli to try to turn the set. A carelessness during the construction phase among the blues brings Argentina to 24-15. The set ends 25-16 with an error in the service of Recine.

Pinali confirmed from the start in the fourth set, in Moscow for Galassi. Argentina in the wake of the previous set immediately started aggressively putting Italy 7-3 under pressure. The error in the service of Argentina brings the Azzurri to four points behind 9-5. First Pinali then an ace from Bottolo put Italy back on track, 9-7. Italy returns behind Argentina 12-10. Bottolo tries with an ace to keep Italy up in a set that sees Argentina ahead 17-15. The attack out of Argentina brings Italy to a single lead, 17-16, a situation that is repeated bringing Italy in a tie 18-18. Italy took advantage of this and immediately went ahead 19-18 for a foul on the net by Sanchez. Lima, his performance good, puts the point of 20-20 to the ground, Palacios brings Argentina back 21-20, Giannelli takes advantage of it and the square to the corner for 21-21. The error in Vitelli’s service is worth 23-23, while the blues’ attack brings Argentina to the set point 24-23. Moscow cancels the first set ball bringing the result to 24-24. The set goes on to the advantages, Falaschi inside serving for Moscow at 26-26. The wall of Recine brings Italy the first match ball at 27-26, match ball canceled with Argentina that comes back forward with a block on Vitelli 28-27. Another match ball arrives at the hand of Giannelli, he ace of 29-28. Italy wins sets and matches 30-28 by winning their third match of week 1.


Fefè De Giorgi (Italy Manager) – «SI am certainly happy with the result, three victories are not easy to obtain, but above all with the spirit of the group that is nice to see, a very strong team spirit and I think this was a very important step in addition to various aspects of the game that we were good at to improve. I think this is a good start for this competition “.

Massimo Caponeri (Second Italy coach) – « It was a difficult match as we expected. With Argentina they are never simple games, it was a game that started well as we had set out. Then Argentina came out, we had a moment of difficulty and the game got complicated. The DNA of this team came out, with the heart and battling we came out well. The fourth set today is the photograph of what our team must be, even in moments of difficulty it does not give up and in the end puts the winning paw. The entry of Pinali for Romanò certainly allowed Yuri to catch his breath, when he plays four games in five days it is not easy and Pinali was ready. I think the balance is positive, we come out with three wins, we can be happy. The important thing is to enjoy the moment and continue on this path “.

Marco Vitelli (Italy) – « Today was a beautiful game to play, we started the first two sets very well in service, in the last two we struggled and they pushed harder. In the fourth set we arrived point to point, in critical moments we were good at bringing the point home. We told ourselves to give everything on the pitch at the beginning of the VNL and I think we did. We are an established group, we are peers and we have lived this week very well together. We return home with the spirit of growing and living this blue season to the fullest “.


ITALY – ARGENTINA 3-1 (25-20, 25-21, 16-25, 30-28)

ITALY: Recine 16, Giannelli 3, Bottolo 21, Galassi 5, Romanò 4, Vitelli 8, Mosca 2, Piccinelli (L), Pinali 9, Falaschi. Ne Gardini, Courtesy, Gironi, Scanferla (L). Herds Caponeri.

ARGENTINA: Sanchez, Loser 15, Lazo 3, Lima 18, Palonsky 8, Zerba, Danani (L), Gallego 8, Armoa 2, Palacios 7, Giraudo. Ne Vicentin, Ramos, Massimino (L). Herds Mendez

REFEREES: Akinci Erdal (TUR), Gonzalez Daniel (MEX)

Set duration: 21 ‘, 24’, 23 ‘, 35’.
Italy: 7 a, 22 bs, 13 mv, 33 et
Argentina: 2 a, 20 bs, 9 mv, 28 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)

Brazil 3-1 Slovenia (25-21, 21-25, 25-20, 25-16)

Netherlands 3-0 Iran (26-24, 25-21, 25-21)

Japan 3-1 USA (25-17, 15-25, 21-25, 28-26)

Australia 0-3 Slovenia (22-25, 20-25, 21-25)

USA – Brazil 3-1 (21-25, 27-25, 25-20, 25-20)

Slovenia 3-1 China (25-15, 25-20, 18-25, 27-25)

Iran 3-1 Australia (25-14, 25-22, 18-25, 25-15)

Brazil – China 0-3 (23-25, 29-31, 23-25)

Iran 0-3 Japan (20-25, 14-25, 19-25)

Netherlands 3-0 Australia (25-20, 25-15, 25-23)

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)

Serbia – Argentina 3-2 (25-16, 25-18, 17-25, 12-25, 15-6)

Bulgaria – Germany 2-3 (20-25, 25-22, 16-25, 25-20, 10-15)

France 3-0 Canada (25-16, 25-23, 25-21)

Germany 3-2 Serbia (27-25, 25-27, 18-25, 28-26, 18-16)

Bulgaria 0-3 Poland (19-25, 19-25, 23-25)

Italy – Canada 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-19)

France – Poland 0-3 (25-21, 22-25, 21-25, 22-25)

Italy – Argentina 3-1 (25-20, 25-21, 16-25, 30-28)

Sunday 12 June 2022-

11.00 pm Bulgaria – Canada


1. USA 4 (11), 2. Japan 3 (10), 3. France 3 (9), 4. Poland 3 (9), 5. Italy 3 (9), 6. Germany 3 (7), 7. Netherlands 2 (6), 8. Brazil 2 (6), 9. Serbia 2 (6), 10. Slovenia 2 (6), 11. Iran 2 (6), 12. Argentina 1 (4), 13. China 1 (3), 14. Bulgaria * 0 (1), 15. Australia 0 (0), 16. Canada * 0 (0).
* one race less

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