World Cup: Nicolai / Cottafava start strong


The expectations were not disappointed by Paolo Nicolai and Samuele Cottafava, winners at the world debut 2-0 (21-12, 21-15) over Colombians Murray / Rivas. A lot of cheering and enthusiasm in the stands for the Azzurri, able to close the practice in just over 40 minutes of play.
Paolo and Samuele entered the field with the right attitude and from the first set the Colombians appeared in great difficulty. Quickly closed the first part, the blues repeated themselves in the second and immediately imposed their own pace.

«Starting with a win and breaking the ice was important. We had little time to train, it was good to start so well. After Jurmala’s success in the Pro Tour we said that we must be good at giving equal weight to wins and losses “ the words of Paolo Nicolai. “Playing in such a large stadium makes an impression – added Cottafava – the fans have given us the right energy here at the Foro Italico, we want to give them many great successes. Every day I am learning a lot from Paolo, he has great experience and is used to winning ».


Great performance also by the Azzurri Gianluca Del Corso and Jakob Windisch, winners on their debut in the World Cup against the strong Chilean Grimalt-Grimalt. The Italian couple showed off an excellent beach volleyball, almost always holding the ball of the game in hand. In the first set Gianluca and Jakob dominated the fraction, without conceding anything to their opponents. The second set was more fought, during which the Chileans attempted a comeback in the final.

“They have been on the circuit for many years – Windisch declared at the end of the race – even before I started playing. We are happy for this victory, Gianluca was incredible on the block. Now let’s take a break and then let’s think about tomorrow’s race ». According to Dal Corso: “Now we need to recharge the batteries because the World Cup is long and the two of us want to go far”.


Nothing to do for the Italians Valentina Calì – Margherita Tega suffered their second defeat in the World Cup at the hands of the Canadians Bukovec-Brandie 2-0 (21-12, 22-20). After a one-way first set, the Azzurri team played a good second set, only to be surpassed in terms of advantages.

MENEGATTI / GOTTARDI – CARRO / LOBATO 0-2 (17-21, 18-21)

The first defeat in the World Cup came for the blue Marta Menegatti and Valentina Gottardi, beaten 0-2 (17-21, 18-21) by the Spanish Carro / Lobato. From the very first exchanges, the Italian couple was forced to chase their opponents, never managing to find parity (17-21). In the second part the script was repeated and the Italian couple was forced to surrender (18-21).

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