Italy march on towards top six


Carolina Cosagrande scored 15 points against Belgium.

Bari, Italy, October 2, 2014 - The host Italy marched towards the top six of the 2014 FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Championship with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-18) win over Belgium at Palaflorio Thursday evening.
Nadia Centoni had 17 kills and three blocks to lead Italy into their second win in a row in the second round pool E play in Bari with Carolina Del Pilar Costagrande and Antonella Del Core adding 15 and 11 respectively.
Key points:
· Italy and Belgium have played each other once before in the World Championship . In 1978, Italy won in straight sets in the second group stage.
· Nadia Centoni was the top scorer of the match with 20 points.
· Italy have always won at least one set in major tournament matches against Belgium.

Italy went ahead at 9-6 thanks to Lo Bianco's ace. A Belgian block tied the draw at 10-10. An Valentina Arrighetti block pushed Italy up to 18-13. Costagrande gave her team the opener at 25-18.

Centoni responded with a block to tie it at 5-5 after a good start of the Yellow Tigers (ahead at 4-1). Italy held a tiny advanced 16-15 at second TTO. Two blocks on Valentina Diouf forced coach Marco Bonitta to call the timeout at 19-17. The Azzurre overcame the opponents with an ace of Bosetti at 21-20 and an attack of Nadia Centoni which closed the second set at 25-22.
In the third set, Del Core flew to 8-5 at the first TTO. Centoni allowed the gap at 20-14. Costagrande gave Italy the match.


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