L’Italy stops at the end of the second day Wagner monument with the Slovenia in a hard-fought game that ended with a tie-breaker lead in favor of the team he coached Cretu with the score 2-3 (25-20, 19-25, 23-25, 25-21, 23-25). A game that saw some changes on the pitch compared to the opening day, both on one side and the other.
You’re more of a total blues revolutionist, like he said DeGiorgiin a tournament where theItaly will take the opportunity to try all their cards in anticipation of the European Championship. Place today for Sbertoli diagonally, first with Gironi, then with Bovolenta, Rinaldi and Bottolo as top players, Mosca and Sanguinetti in the middle and Scanferla as libero.
Blue was the top scorer Matthew BottoloAuthor of 25 personal points, second only to the Slovenian Mujanovic who scored 27 points. For the nineteen-year-old opponent, it was also the first time that he was on the field with the blue A jersey Alexander Bovolenta, author of 9 personal points. Also highlights Thomas Rinaldiwith 4 blocks of points from a total of 21 points scored, 27 faults in the team’s serveItaly.
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De Giorgi delivers another 6+1 compared to yesterday’s game against France with Sbertoli and Gironi on the diagonal, Rinaldi and Bottolo at the front, Sanguinetti and Mosca at the centre-back and Scanferla at the libero. Italy got off to a good start against Slovenia, who were also revised by Cretu in a 6+1. Bottolo’s block gives the Azzurri a 10-7 lead, Bottolo scores again with a lob to make it 13-8. Gironi knocks down the 15-9 ace, Slovenia tries to respond with the 15-10 block. Italy keeps the lead, Rinaldi scores to 19:13. Alessandro Bovolenta’s debut on the pitch also comes, coming in at 21-15 of the first set in place of Mosca on serve that ended in the net but with a lot of emotion for a moment that will surely remain in the most cherished memories. Italy finished the set in their favor with a score of 25-20 thanks to Gironi’s victorious attack.
Slovenia was immediately 3-1 up in the second set. Azzurri on the pitch with the same 6+1 as in the first set. Due to a dribble foul against Slovenia, the equalizer was achieved to make it 5:5, which gave Slovenia an immediate lead of 8:5. Rinaldi’s blockout and Sanguinetti’s ace cut the distance to 10-8. Slovenia is ahead until the middle of the set, Italy comes to the score of 15:15. De Giorgi changes the diagonal, in the field Bovolenta and Giannelli. The Slovenian block stops Bovolenta for 20-16. De Giorgi sends Lavia on for Rinaldi, Bovolenta’s block is worth the 17th point for Italy, 22-17. The set ball for Slovenia is 25:18, the set is closed by the Cretu team with 25:19.
Same starting line-up for Italy, confirmed by the Sbertoli-Gironi diagonal in the third set. Slovenia has an immediate lead of 4-1. Rinaldi’s attack from the second line puts the Azzurri within two points of Slovenia, 7-5, while Stalekar’s ace makes it 9-5. Slovenia passes from the middle, the lead of three lengths puts the boys from Cretu in the lead with 14:11. Italy tries to join Slovenia but Stern’s ace is worth 19-15. Bovolenta scores in attack, his nineteenth Blue Point, Slovenia leads 21:19. Italy equalized with 21:21. Ball in the first set was 24:23 for Slovenia, with Stern’s winning attack, the set ended at 25:23.
The fourth set begins with Bovolenta on the field diagonally to Sbertoli, who is immediately blocked by Bottolo to make it 1-0. Rinaldi’s defense and Bottolo’s attack make it 4-1. Italy maintains the advantage, Slovenia is 8:7 behind. Sanguinetti’s first half brings the score to 9-7, Bottolo’s block is worth +3, 11-8, the lead remains 15-12 due to the error on the Slovenian serve. Mujanovic’s attack brings Slovenia to the 18:18 level. Italy comes back with Rinaldi, who places the ball well (20:18). The point-to-point of the final set phase leads Italy home 25-21 and puts the game in the tie-break.
Bovolenta from the start in the fifth set, which begins with the winning attack of Slovenia, who take a 4-2 lead with a first goal attack after a long reception from Italy, Bottolo still on goal, his third blue point. Sanguinetti’s serve failure gives Slovenia a 7-5 lead. Italy are two lengths ahead, 10-9 bearing Bottolo’s signature. In the final sprint, Slovenia wins and makes their set, finishing 25-23 and match, earning their second win at the Memorial Wagner.
Italy-Slovenia 2-3 (25-20, 19-25, 23-25, 25-21, 23-25)
Italy: 2 Sbertoli, 25 Bottolo, 9 Gironi, 21 Rinaldi, 14 Sanguinetti, 12 Mosca; Scanferla (L). Giannelli, Bovolenta 9, Lavia 0. NE Michieletto, Balaso (L), Galassi, Romanò, Russo. All. De Giorgi .
Slovenia: Planinsic 1, Bracko 10, Stalekar 10, Konciljia 5, Mozic 4, Mujanovic 27; Thomas (L). Star 14, Kovacic (left). NE Pajenk, Kozamernik, Ropret, Urnaut, Cebulj. All. Cretu.
Referee: Maroszek (POL), Michlic (POL)
note: set duration: 24′, 27′, 29′, 28′, 30′; total 2h 18′. Italy: 6 winners, 27 misses, 12 blocks, 45 errors. Slovenia: 3 winners, 16 misses, 9 blocks, 23 errors.
Matthew Bottolo: “We made protocols, as they say. It was important because today there were a lot of game situations, we recovered when we were lying, we fought point by point in the tie-break, we made five intense full sets, which I think will be useful in terms of the European Championship . Today we had the opportunity to play for those who weren’t on the field yesterday. Tomorrow we will see what game it will be. Maybe today there was a lack of clarity in the moments we got into trouble, maybe we weren’t good at doing simple things, we could have closed it ourselves. Tomorrow will be a good day with a fantastic crowd against Poland“. (VIDEO)
Ferdinand DeGiorgi (CT Italy): “This tournament is an important opportunity to give space to everyone. Today, those who didn’t have a chance to play a real game against Slovenia entered the field. It was an intense game where some technical things could certainly be done better, but those are the games that need preparation as well as training. We made a few more mistakes, maybe that was the key to the game, but these are the opportunities to review the situation and then work on an improvement. Today I had a chance to see Gironi and Bovolenta, Bovo was almost an expert, but Gironi also played quite well. Today was definitely an opportunity to evaluate this situation. Tomorrow there is another game against Poland and like yesterday and today we will use it to look at our own half as well as at the opponent, it will certainly be a game full of great attractions“. (VIDEO)
Alexander Bovolenta: “Today was a great feeling for me, today was the first time I had the opportunity to play with this team, despite the result we showed a good team performance and I’m definitely happy with my debut. When I entered the field, Fefè had warned me, I had prepared myself, with a pinch of fear, it was certainly not easy to use. Then when I stayed on the pitch, I relaxed and it went well. It was an intense summer, I gladly accepted the few days of rest between the first part of the summer with the U21 national team and this call, which was a great emotion and an honor for me. I’m very happy with the debut and I hope it continues like this. This is a very united, young group and I immediately felt integrated. It’s going to be a good game tomorrow, with a good crowd, we definitely have to focus on the pitch against a great team like Poland“. (VIDEO)
(Source: press release)