Robertlandy Simon is back in the middle and putting up big numbers for Lube Civitanova.
Tsvetan Sokolov was back starting for Lube in their sweep of Ravenna.
Christenson set lights-out for Modena while the top 4 from last year all got wins.
The Italian professional volleyball season kicks off this weekend with the Italian SuperCoppa.
Russia claimed its place in the World Championships final six with a sweep of Finland, behind 18 points by substitute Victor Polataev. Italy rested all of its starters and still came out with a 3-1 win over the Netherlands to remain atop the group.
Italy has whittled their roster from 16 to 14, including the elimination of an Olympic silver medalist. (Superstar Ivan Zaytsev, above, is included in the team).
Simone Anzani (above) and Italy will play a pair of friendlies against world #25 the Netherlands in early August.
The Italian National Team has announced their roster for Week 5 of the Volleyball Nations League. How will they fare without Osmany Juantorena against the top 3 teams in the tournament?
In what was Italy’s 500th world level victory, the team rode a balanced scoring effort and strong net play to a four-set win over China to kick off VNL Week 4. Twelve blocks and 32 Korean miscues gifted Australia a four-set win on Friday.
Filippo Lanza notched 20 points to pace the Italians in a four-set win, which snapped a two-match VNL skid for the team, while Poland showed its depth and bested Japan in every way to stay atop the VNL table as Damian Schulz and Bartosz Bednorz turned in all-around efforts.