L’Italy respects the prediction and breaks the ice in a pool of Perugia with a 3-0 victory at Bulgaria, the cinderella of this year’s edition of the Volleyball Nations League. The blue do not play a perfect game and sometimes you grant some distraction (emblematic of the set point cancelled in all the partial well 9 in total), but in fact never put in discussion the result and bring home the three points priceless to maintain a top position. Sin, for the public, certainly not of the great occasions: 2650 spectators are few for the PalaBarton, which can contain more than 4000, even if the position mid-week does not help.
The CT Mazzanti, hold at rest the protagonists as Egonu, Malinov, Lucia Bosetti and Danish, but is, however, very good responses from its owners: the Indre Sorokaite is still a beater with 19 points and is always decisive in the bar, Elena Pietrini affect much in attack despite receiving ballerina. Good, directed by Alessia Orro, which undergoes a transition to empty at the beginning of the second set but resumes with authority. In Bulgaria, distinguished above all Gergana Dimitrova and Silvana Chausheva, but are two lights that will not light up together.
Italy will return to the field tomorrow, at 20, against South Korea, which today has lost the match debut with Russia; the race will be televised live on NINE. At 17 you will play the other match between Russia and Bulgaria.
1° SET – Mazzanti shuffles the cards by selecting Orro dribble, Sorokaite opposite, Fahr and Chirichella at the centre, Sylla, and Pietrini spikers and De Gennaro free. Change something also in Bulgaria, which ranks from the beginning to the diagonal Barakova-Chausheva (on the bench the captain Kitipova). The bulgarians start with a good attitude, but are immediately silenced by the turn of batting Sorokaite (an ace), that brings the score on 8-4. The Italy fly Fahr (10-5), but then commits some mistakes and allows to the opponent to come closer with the two Dimitrova (12-10). The equilibrium lasts up to 14-12, then the attack of Sylla, and the double Barakova let the clear blue, reinforced in the second line from Caterina Bosetti, to sign another break (16-12). Sorokaite signing the 20-16 and from there, a series of errors, the Bulgarian deliver the set point; Italy fails three, but at the end of the error bar of Paskova worth the 25-19.
2nd SET – the Start of a little vague for Italy, who pay for the errors in the attack and some deburring of Horrors: the Bulgaria part next 2-5 and Gergana Dimitrova with two winning stretches (3-7). Put the blue in the roadway just attacks Sorokaite and Pietrini, and the wall of Horrors abbreviation parity (7-7). Both teams try to break away (7-9, 11-9) but it gets balanced on a 14-14; here the difference is still in the service of Sorokaite, inducing the break, which is signed by Sylla (17-14). Pietrini maintains the advantage (19-16) and Sorokaite increases with the wall of 21-17. Bulgaria tries to enter the service of Barakova, but still Sorokaite with two attacks and gets the ball to close (24-19). At this point Italy will fall asleep again and risks a lot, and failed to 4 set point with the same number of errors: on the 24-23 resolves Pietrini with a winning attack from the second line.
3° SET – Still have some error too for Italy in the initial stage (3-5), but Orro and Sorokaite remedy already at 6-6. The wall of Fahr offers the first break to the blue (10-8), who manage well and stretch with Sylla (13-10). Chirichella and Pietrini make the maximum advantage (16-12), but Chausheva keeps it in the game its and Gergana Dimitrova returns to less than 1 (17-16). Here Pietrini, aided by the ribbon, signed a round of batting deadly (20-16) and Chirichella in the attack, and the wall does the rest (23-17). Sylla earns the match point (24-18) and also this time there are two chances canceled, but the joke out of Dimitrova closes the meeting on the 25-20.
Italy-Bulgaria 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-20)
Italy: Sorokaite 19, Alberti (L) ne, Malinov ne, De Gennaro (L) Orro 3, Bosetti, C. 1, Chirichella 5, Danish ne, Fahr 5, Pietrini 13, Bosetti L. ne, Sylla 11, Egonu ne, in the Parish. All. Mazzanti.
Bulgaria: Dimitrova G. 15, Dimitrova N. 6, Dancheva ne, Dimitrova St. ne, Paskova 8, Kitipova ne, Barakova 1, Todorova M., Todorova Z. (L), Becheva ne, Chausheva 13, Krivoshiyska, Andreeva (L) ne. All. Petkov.
Referees: Rodriguez Jativa (Spain) and Rolf (USA).
Notes: Spectators: 2650. Duration Of The Set: 29′, 30′, 28′. Italy: 3 a, 9 bs, 7 m, 19 et.
Bulgaria: 4 a, 5 bs, 4 m, 18 et.