Italy And Slovenia Move To 3-0 In Pool A

  0 Liam Smith | September 15th, 2018 | International Volleyball, News

2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship

Day 4 of the WCH had something special reserved for Italian fans, as legendary coach Julio Velasco, who led Italy’s national team to two World Championship gold medals (1990 and 1994) would be at the opposite side of the net this time around, coaching Argentina. The Argentine born Italian coach reminded fans of his greatness, as his much weaker Argentina team put up a huge fight against the powerful Italian squad. Here is the day’s recap:

#4 Italy Defeated #7 Argentina 3-1 (22/25, 25/15, 25/23, 28/26)

  • Italy moves to 3-0 while Argentina moves to 1-2
  • Attendance: 8260
  • P2 Stats-Sheet 

Argentina got off to a storming start and was able to steal away the first set from Italy thanks to Cristian Poglajen‘s 8 points. The second set was a no contest, as Italy got off to an early lead and never looked back. The last two sets of the match were heavily contested and could’ve gone either way. The stats also showed that both teams were very even. Luckily for Italy, it had more than 8000 fans in the stand driving it on, which made all the difference. Osmany Juantorena led the way with 23 points, followed by Ivan Zaytsev with 20, Poglajen had 18 in the losing effort.

Post match reactions are yet to be released by the FIVB.

#23 Slovenia Defeated #15 Belgium 3-2 (25/22, 25/21, 19/25, 23/25, 13/15)

Slovenia came back from behind 0-2 to net win against Belgium in front of almost 6 thousand spectators. After falling behind in the game and facing defeat, Slovenian coach Slobodan Kovac subbed in Alen Šket and Gregor Ropret into the game. It worked, as Alen hit an unbelievable 21/24 (88%) for the match. He was helped in the score by Tine Urnaut, who finished with 18 points. Bram Dries had 18 points in the losing effort.

Here are the post match reactions:

Slovenia’s coach Slobodan Kovac: “This is a great victory! At the  beginning of the match, I told those of my players sitting on the bench that the important player is the one who finishes the game, not the one who starts. It is a team victory, especially since at 0-2, many people thought it was going to end soon, but we improved our performance above all in serve, block and defence.”

Slovenia’s Captain Tine Urnaut: “I am so happy, because we came back from 0-2, and my teammates who took to the court later in the match showed that they deserved to play. They helped so much; it is a very important victory.”

Belgium’s Sam Deroo: “It was a tough game, as we are close to each other’s level. We started fresher than they were but they are a very well balanced team with a great roster. Their substitutes made the difference; congratulations to them. It could have been a 3-0 victory for us. However, everything is still possible but we cannot afford to lose any more points in any other match of the pool.”

Belgium’s head coach Andrea Anastasi: “First of all congratulations to Slovenia, because they improved their level during the match. We did not take advantage of some positive situations and we made stupid mistakes; and when you do that, you lose. They had a better attitude and more desire to win.”

Pool A Standings

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1  Italy 3 0 9 9 1 9.000 250 206 1.214
2  Slovenia 3 0 8 9 4 2.250 302 251 1.203
3  Belgium 1 2 4 5 7 0.714 255 265 0.962
4  Argentina 1 2 3 5 6 0.833 247 251 0.984
5  Japan 1 2 3 4 6 0.667 217 224 0.969
6  Dominican Republic 0 3 0 1 9 0.111 174 248 0.702

Results and Schedule

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
9 Sep 19:30 Italy  3–0  Japan 25–20 25–21 25–23 75–64 P2 Report
12 Sep 17:00 Dominican Republic  1–3  Slovenia 25–22 13–25 13–25 17–25 68–97 P2 Report
12 Sep 20:30 Belgium  3–1  Argentina 25–19 25–19 22–25 25–19 97–82 P2 Report
13 Sep 17:00 Dominican Republic  0–3  Japan 20–25 16–25 16–25 52–75 P2 Report
13 Sep 21:15 Italy  3–0  Belgium 25–20 25–17 25–16 75–53 P2 Report
14 Sep 17:00 Japan  1–3  Slovenia 20–25 25–22 20–25 13–25 78–97 P2 Report
14 Sep 20:30 Argentina  3–0  Dominican Republic 26–24 25–15 25–15 76–54 P2 Report
15 Sep 17:00 Belgium  2–3  Slovenia 25–22 25–21 19–25 23–25 13–15 105–108 P2 Report
15 Sep 21:15 Italy  3–1  Argentina 22–25 25–15 25–23 28–26 100–89 P2 Report
16 Sep 17:00 Japan   Belgium 0–0
16 Sep 21:15 Dominican Republic   Italy 0–0
17 Sep 17:00 Belgium   Dominican Republic 0–0
17 Sep 20:30 Argentina   Slovenia 0–0
18 Sep 17:00 Japan   Argentina 0–0
18 Sep 21:15 Italy   Slovenia 0–0

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