China is aiming to reach the World Championship final for the sixth time in its history
It’s on to the 3rd round of the 2018 FIVB Women’s World Championship for 7th-ranked Italy (9-0, 27 points), top-ranked China (8-1, 24 points) and the 2nd-ranked United States (7-2, 19 points). The Italians bested the Americans, who squeaked in after the Chinese knocked off the Russians Thursday night.
7th-ranked Italy and top-ranked China qualified for 2018 FIVB Women’s World Championship 3rd round action with victories on Wednesday night inside Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium. The Italians remain undefeated at 8-0 with 24 points, while the Russians stand at 7-1 with 21 points.
7th-ranked Italy rallied all the way back for a 3-1 upset victory after dropping the opening set to top-ranked China. The Italians complete pool play with a perfect 5-0 mark, while the Chinese drop to 4-1 heading to the second round of FIVB World Championship action.
To those who don’t know them, it’s hard to imagine that Italian outside hitter Serena Ortolani and the team’s coach Davide Mazzanti are actually a married couple
19th-ranked Canada earned its first victory of the 2018 FIVB World Championship Wednesday, besting 25th-ranked Cuba in 4 sets to keep its second round hopes alive. 7th-ranked Italy swept 12th-ranked Turkey, while top-ranked China gave its young players valuable experience in a 4-set win against 17th-ranked Bulgaria.
Top-ranked China continued its dominance in Pool B, 7th-ranked Italy continued its reign over 25th-ranked Cuba and 12th-ranked Turkey swept past a ‘sorry’ 17th-ranked Bulgarian squad inside Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center in Sapporo Tuesday.
The Italian Volleyball Federation has announced in its official website its female roster for the 2018 Women’s FIVB World Championship
Although it suffered a scare at the first set of the game, Turkey had no trouble defeating Italy 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-18 and 25-21) to win the Gloria Cup crown this Sunday
The Russian block, led by 6 from Irina Fesitova (above), stifled Italy’s reserves in the semi-finals of the Rabobank Super Series.