What was already a history making showing for Serbia, got that much sweeter to the tune of a five-set comeback win over Italy and the nation’s first ever FIVB Women’s World Championships title. Serbia had never finished higher than third, meanwhile Italy claims its second ever medal following a gold in 2002.
Serbia’s Tijana Boskovic turned in 29 points (27 kills, 2 blocks), while Italy’s Paola Egonu notched 28 as the Serbians issued Italy its first loss of the World Championships heading into the semifinals.
Elena Pietrini ranked 4th in the Nations League tournament earlier this summer with 19 aces.
The Italian Volleyball Federation has announced in its official website its female roster for the 2018 Women’s FIVB World Championship
Italy will play the Gloria Cup without the talented 18-year old Elena Pietrini.
Russia lost to the Netherlands 3-2 in the preliminaries, but were dominant in Sunday’s championship match at the 2018 Rabobank Super Series.
The Russian block, led by 6 from Irina Fesitova (above), stifled Italy’s reserves in the semi-finals of the Rabobank Super Series.
Paola Egonu scored 21 for Italy as part of their 3-1 win over Russia on Tuesday.
Elena Pietrini, the MVP of last year’s U18 World Championships, has been called up to the Italian National Team training camp.
After 120 matches, 15 per team and several standout performances in women’s VNL play, there was no question about who was the standout performer of the preliminary round: Poland’s Malwina Smarzek