Source: Federvolley press release
In the round of 16 of the 2019 European Championship, Davide Mazzanti’s blues beat Slovakia 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-20), qualifying for the quarterfinals. In the next challenge, scheduled for Wednesday 4 September in Lodz (time to be determined), the vice world champions will face Russia, winner over Belgium 3-1 (25-22, 25-15, 21-25, 25- 22).
At the Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava it was not a walk in the park for Chirichella and her teammates, Slovakia in fact, especially in the two initial sets, gave the Italians a hard time. In the first part the tricolor extension was signed by Sorokaite, while in the second, after a long confrontation, two consecutive aces by Paola Egonu were decisive. The third fraction saw Mazzanti’s girls move forward from the beginning and then, despite a few too many mistakes, defend the advantage until the end.
The best scorer was Paola Egonu with 17 points (4 aces), followed by Indre Sorokaite (16 points), also valuable on the block: 3 winners. Overall, Italy dominated against the wall (10 to 0), but made many more mistakes than the hosts (30 to 16). In batting the blue scored 11 aces against the 6 of Slovakia.
A positive note was the debut of Lucia Bosetti ‘s tournament , while for the young Sarah Fahr it was the absolute entry into a European Championship.
Italy lined up on the field with Malinov dribbling, opposite Egonu, Sorokaite and Sylla spikers, central Chirichella and Folie, free De Gennaro. In the first set Slovakia made good use of the joke, putting the blue in difficulty for some actions (8-10). Italy has grown with the passage of the game, has touched more balls on the wall and has risen in defense (16-13). A very inspired Sorokaite led the teammates on (20-15) and the final, Lucia Bosetti’s debut in the tournament, was all blue brand (25-20).
In the second fraction the hosts attempted the draw and Mazzanti responded by inserting Fahr for Folie (9-12).The tricolor attack struggled to mesh and so Slovakia took advantage of it, keeping in contact (12-12). Mazzanti’s girls made many mistakes, but they managed not to let their opponents escape (19-19). The long blow and answered and lasted until (23-23), then two consecutive aces by Egonu allowed Italy to close (25-23).
Different the trend of the third fraction, Sorokaite and her companions have decidedly taken the lead of the game (9-6), progressively increasing their advantage. In the final the vice world champions made some mistakes, but Slovakia was no longer able to get close and Italy won the quarterfinals (25-20), where Russia is waiting for them.
– ITALY 0-3 SCOREBOARD (20-25, 23-25, 20-25)
SLOVAKIA: Radosova 9, Herelova 3, Palgutova 6, Kostelanska 19, Pencova, Kosekova; Spankova (L). Hroncekova 1, Kijakova 4, Szaboova. No: Hudecova, Oveckova, Fricova, Jancova (L). All. Fenoglio
ITALY: Sorokaite 16, Folie 7, Egonu 17, Sylla 8, Chirichella 7, Malinov 1; De Gennaro (L). Bosetti 1, Fahr 2, Danesi. Ne: Orro, Parrocchiale, Enweonwu, Nwakalor. All. Mazzanti
Referees: Muha (Cro) and Halasz (Ung)
Spectators: 6430. Set length: 25 ‘, 28’, 29 ‘
Italy: 11 a, 9 bs, 10 m, 30 et.
Slovakia: 6 a, 7 bs, 0 m, 16 et.