Italy Overpowers Argentina, China Blocks Out Japan in Pool 12 Sweeps

  0 Wendy Mayer | May 30th, 2018 | Asian Volleyball, European volleyball, FIVB Nations League - Women, International Volleyball, News, South American Volleyball


  • May 29-31, 2018
  • Hong Kong Coliseum (Capacity: 12,500) | Hong Kong, China
  • Time Zone: UTC + 8
  • World Rankings: #1 China, #6 Japan, #7 Italy, #11 Argentina
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Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
29 May 18:00 Japan  3–2  Italy 20–25 25–23 20–25 25–23 15–11 105–107 P2 P3
29 May 20:30 China  3–0  Argentina 25–22 25–16 25–12 75–50 P2 P3
30 May 18:00 Argentina  0–3  Italy 15–25 16–25 18–25 49–75 P2 P3
30 May 20:30 China  3–0  Japan 25–21 25–19 25–17 75–57


Italy def. Argentina 3-0

  • Italy defeated Argentina 25-15, 25-16, 25-18
  • Italy moved to 3-5 (11 points); Argentina moved to 0-8 (0 points)

Italy overpowered Argentina in all facets of the game, outscoring the winless Argentines 75-49 in a Wednesday sweep.

The Italians bested Argentina in kills (32-21), blocks (11-4), aces (5-0) and points off errors (28-22).

Four Italian players scored eight or more points, led by Cristina Chirichella‘s 11. Chirichella downed five kills, put up a team-best five blocks and added an ace. Anna Danesi, Miryam Fatime Sylla and Paola Egonu chipped in eight points each. Danesi accounted for three kills, three blocks and a team-leading two aces. Sylla turned in six kills and two blocks, while Egonu chalked up six kills, a block and an ace after a slow start. Five other players tallied a kill, including four by Lucia Bosetti.

Anahi Tosi managed nine points, all on kills, to lead Argentina. Antonela Fortuna chipped in six points, with five kills and a block. No other player scored more than three points for the Argentines. Florencia Reyes put up a team-best two blocks and a kill.

Here are some post-match reactions.

Italy coach Davide Mazzanti: “Unlike yesterday our team performed better today while Argentina made a number of mistakes. I am pleased with our performance but we still have to work to improve our game. When we have gained more experience, we will play better.”

Argentina coach Orduna Guillermo: “Congratulations Italy for winning today. Today we did not play well. We made a lot of mistakes in reception, serves and attack. Our team is a young team and the players need to improve for the next matches.”


China def. Japan 3-0

  • China defeated Japan 25-21, 25-19, 25-17
  • China moved to 5-3 (16 points); Japan moved to 3-5 (8 points)

China put up 12 blocks, while earning 24 points on Japanese miscues in a sweep over their Asian foes.

Japan held the advantage in kills (45-36) and aces (3-1), but could not overcome the Chinese at the net (12-0 in blocks) and 24 miscues (to 10 for China).

Zhu Ting led the way with 19 points (17 kills, 2 blocks) for China. Gong Xiangyu accounted for six of the team’s 12 blocks, while tacking on four kills to round out a 10-point effort. Liu Xiaotong, Yan Ni and Hu Mingyuan aided the team offensively with four or more kills. Xiaotong chipped in seven points with five kills, a block and the team’s lone ace, while Ni turned in four putaways and two stuffs. Mingyuan added five points, all on kills.

Ai Kurogo and Mami Uchiseto paced Japan with double-digit scoring efforts. Kurogo notched 17 points, all on kills, while Uchiseto added 13 points with 12 kills and an ace. Yuki Ishii (8) and Haruyo Shimamura (6) rounded out the offense. Meanwhile, Sarina Koga sat out her second straight match.


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Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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