World Cup: four Italian couples in the second round

In the men’s field Rossi / Carambula fall, at the hands of the Chilean brothers Grimalt but the most anticipated couples continue, those formed by Nicolai / Cottafava and Lupo / Ranghieri who tomorrow will be engaged respectively against the Brazilians Renato / Vitor Felipe and against the Dutch Brouwer / Meeuwsen. Both matches involving the Italian teams will be broadcast live on Rai Sport starting at 21.00.


SCAMPOLI / BIANCHIN (ITA) – MEGAN / NICOLE (CAN) 2-1 (21-12, 18-21, 15-12) –

Claudia Scampoli and Valentina Bianchin beat the Canadians Megan-Nicole 2-1 opening the “blue night” of the Foro Italico with a success that smacks of business. The opponents, undefeated in the tournament so far (3 wins out of 3), gave up after three sets played by the blues with attention, technique and a great spirit of sacrifice. Scampoli and Bianchin started great, winning 21-12 in the first set (with an advantage even of +10 over 14-4), then they immediately recovered from the Canadians in the second (18-21), managing in the tie break to find the energy needed to raise your head and close the games on 15-12. Deserved victory that projects Claudia and Valentina to tomorrow’s Italian derby, valid for the round of 16 of the World Cup against Menegatti and Gottardi.


Claudia Scampoli-«Today we gave our best and we are clearly happy with the result. We had a somewhat difficult start in this world championship, but we are putting a lot of heart and determination into every race. We are improving game after game and we want to show that we are competitive in this important event ».

Margherita Bianchin- «We are satisfied with our performance today. Our opponents were very good, they never gave up and made our life very hard “.

CARAMBULA / ROSSI (ITA) – GRIMALT M./GRIMALT E. (CIL) 0-2 (17-21, 18-21) –

The world journey of the Azzurri Carambula-Rossi, beaten this evening by the Chilean Grimalt M./Grimalt E. 0-2 (17-21, 18-21), ended in the round of 32.
In the first set Carambula-Rossi struggled to get into the game, thanks to several gratuitous mistakes. The Chileans for long stages gave the impression of having the partial in hand (12-15), but the Italian couple did not give up. Adrian and Enrico placed a heavy break and within a few exchanges the games reopened (17-17). The Italian couple, having found parity, suffered an empty pass and the partial counter of Grimalt-Grimalt proved decisive (17-21).
The script repeated in the second set with Grimalt-Grimalt taking the lead (9-11). The Azzurri chased their opponents for a long time, up to just one point away (15-16). The comeback attempt, however, was unsuccessful and Grimalt-Grimalt extinguished the dreams of the Italian couple (18-21).


Enrico Rossi- «We knew that with the start of the knockout phase it would be very tough. The opponents knew about our physical situation and used this situation to their advantage. Their coach, Paulao, knows us very well and prepared the game very well. The audience at the Foro Italico this evening was fantastic and supported us from start to finish. For our part, we always try to take the field to play good games and give a show to the people in the stands. The balance of this world championship on the one hand is negative for the final result obtained, on the other hand we ran the risk of not participating in this important event and therefore I am happy to have passed the group. In all the games we played I tried to help Adrian as much as possible, unfortunately his physical status is not optimal and we gave the best of what we could give ».

NICOLAI / COTTAFAVA (ITA) – DIAZ / ALAYO (CUB) 2-0 (21-18, 21-18) –

The blues Paolo Nicolai and Samuele Cottafava did not betray the expectations and in the Central of the Foro Italico, in front of a beautiful setting of the public, they overtook the Cubans Diaz-Alayo 2-0 (21-18, 21-18).
The Italian couple had to fight for a long time in the first set to get the better of Diaz / Alayo, a formation that proved difficult (14-13). The Cubans resisted until (19-18), then they had to surrender to the Azzurri (21-18).
In the second fraction two Nicolai’s walls launched the Italian escape (6-3). Subsequent actions confirmed the superiority of Paolo and Samuele, good at increasing the advantage (9-4). As the game progressed, the Azzurri had a harder time closing the exchanges and their opponents shortened the gap (18-16), without ever questioning the final result (21-18).
Tomorrow in the round of 16 (9 pm) Nicolai / Cottafava will face the Brazilian Renato / Vitor Felipe.


Paolo Nicolai- « Tonight’s match was tough, the Cubans put us in difficulty. We expected a physical match, but I was surprised by their consistency in staying in the game even in difficult moments. We, on the other hand, were good at managing the match and bringing home this important result. Tomorrow will be another battle, the Brazilians we meet in the quarterfinals are playing very well. A quarter-final in a world championship is necessarily tough. We, as always, will be focused and will give everything to win “.

Samuele Cottafava- «Playing tonight in a Foro Italico with so many people was wonderful. For me it was the first time to play with this atmosphere. We heard a lot of cheering and they certainly gave us a big hand “: I will certainly remember for a long time this beautiful evening spent here in Rome”.

WOLF / RANGHIERI – KROU / GAUTHER-RAT 2-0 (21-18, 21-17)

The blue night of the beach volleyball world ended at the Foro Italico with the convincing victory of Daniele Lupo and Alex Ranghieri over the French Krou / Gauther-Rat 2-0 (21-18, 21-17). The Italian couple dragged by the crowd at the Centrale jumped through the round of 32 and gained access to the second round, where tomorrow (10pm) they will face the Dutch Brouwer / Meeuwsen: seeded n.3 on the scoreboard and in 2013 world title winners.
In the first set, the Azzurri and the French arrived in a draw until (12-12), then the Italian couple found the decisive break and won (21-18).
Different the trend of the second fraction, Krou / Gauther-Rat started better, lengthening (4-7). However, Lupo / Ranhieri did not break up and point after point they returned to contact (10-11). Having hooked their opponents, the Azzurri exalted the audience of the Foro Italico and thanks to spectacular actions they flew towards victory, sealed by the final point of Daniele Lupo (21-17).


Alex Ranghieri- «Roma helped us tonight, we had some problems in the serve at the beginning but then we were great at shooting the serve. The Dutch opponents are strong, we know them well. I expect to contain them a lot on the wall. It will be a match to be faced while remaining very lucid. We need our best performance ».

Daniele Lupo- «This is the beach, the show is the interaction with the public. And the Foro Italico was splendid tonight, it gave us an incredible charge. Alex is playing a great tournament, we can go far ».


Berntsen / Mol, H. NOR – Nicolaidis / Carracher AUS 0-2 (17-21, 16-21)

Andre / George BRA – McHugh / Burnett AUS 2-0 (21-18, 21-15)

Immers / Boermans NED – Mol, A./Sørum, C. NOR 0-2 (18-21, 17-21)

Seidl, R./Waller AUT – T. Sander / Crabb USA 2-1 (17-21, 21-15, 15-9)

Bruno Schmidt / Saymon BRA – Samoilovs / Smedins LAT 2-0 (21-19, 29-27)

Kantor / Rudol POL – Ehlers / Wickler GER 2-0 (21-19, 21-19)

Ermacora / Pristauz AUT – Schalk / Brunner USA 1-2 (21-17, 18-21, 12-15)

Renato / Vitor Felipe BRA – Perusic / Schweiner CZE 2-1 (18-21, 21-15, 15-13)

Crabb Tr. / Bourne USA – Luini / Penninga NED 2-1 (18-21, 21-19, 15-10)

Brouwer / Meeuwsen NED – Varenhorst / van de Velde NED 2-0 (21-17, 21-14)

Alison / Guto BRA – Herrera / Gavira ESP 2-0 (21-19, 21-18)

Nõlvak / Tiisaar EST – Schachter / Dearing CAN 2-0 (21-18, 21-16)

Huber / Dressler AUT – Cherif / Ahmed QAT 0-2 (15-21, 22-24)

Carambula / Rossi ITA – Grimalt E.-Grimalt M. CHL 0-2 (17-21, 18-21)

Nicolai / Cottafava ITA – Diaz / Alayo CUB 2-0 (21-18, 21-18)

Krou / Gauthier-Rat FRA – Lupo / Ranghieri ITA 0-2 (18-21, 17-21)


11 am Andre / George BRA – Nicolaidis / Carracher AUS

12 noon: Schalk / Brunner USA – Kantor / Rudol POL

1 pm: Seidl / Waller AUT – Mol / Sorum NOR

2.00 pm: Nõlvak / Tiisaar EST – Crabb Tr. / Bourne USA

7 pm: Bruno Schmidt / Saymon BRA – Cherif / Ahmed QAT

8 pm: Alison / Guto BRA – Grimalt E.-Grimalt M. CHL

9 pm: Renato / Vitor Felipe BRA – Nicolai / Cottafava

10pm: Brouwer / Meeuwsen NED – Lupo / Ranghieri


Day / Stockman USA – Kolinske / Hughes USA 0-2 (19-21, 16-21)

Hüberli / Brunner SUI – Placette / Richard FRA 2-1 (21-14, 20-22, 15-11)

Flint / Cheng USA – Borger / Sude GER 1-2 (17-21, 21-11, 12-15)

Bukovec / Brandie CAN – Worapeerachayakorn / Naraphornrapat THA 2-1 (21-16, 19-21, 15-12)

Chariot / Lobato ESP – Cannon / Sponcil USA 0-2 (12-21, 19-21)

Müller / Tillmann GER – Lahti / Ahtiainen FIN 2-1 (21-18, 20-22, 18-16)

Kravcenoka / Graudina LAT – Wojtasik / Kociolek POL 2-0 (21-19, 21-19)

Barbara / Carol BRA – Wang / XY Xia CHN 2-0 (21-18, 21-15)

Ittlinger / Schneider GER – Clancy / Mariafe AUS 0-2 (17-21, 20-22)

Stam / Schoon NED – Schützenhöfer / Plesiutschnig 2-0 (21-17, 21-18)

Ishii / Mizoe JPN – Duda / Ana Patrícia 0-2 (11-21, 14-21)

Gallay / Pereyra ARG – Menegatti / Gottardi 0-2 (15-21, 17-21)

Taiana Lima / Hegeile BRA – Pavan / Melissa CAN 1-2 (21-18, 18-21, 10-15)

Talita / Rebecca BRA – Laboureur / Schulz GER 2-1 (19-21, 21-12, 15-7)

Heidrich / Vergé-Dépré, A. SUI – Böbner / Vergé-Dépré, Z. SUI 2-1 (20-22, 21-17, 15-7)

Scampoli / Bianchin ITA – Megan / Nicole CAN 2-1 (21-12, 18-21, 15-12)


11 am: Bukovec / Brandie CAN – Borger / Sude GER

12 noon: Muller / Tillman GER – Cannon / Sponcil USA

1 pm: Stam / Schoon NED – Clancy / Mariafe AUS

2 pm: Barbara / Carol BRA – Duda / Ana Paticia BRA

3 pm: Huberli / Brunner SUI – Kolinske / Hughes USA

3 pm: Talita / Rebecca – Pavan / Melissa CAN

7 pm: Kravcenoka / Graudina LAT – Heidrich / Vergé-Dépré, A. SUI

7 pm: Menegatti / Gottardi – Scampoli / Bianchin

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