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.
Paola Egonu piled up a tournament scoring record 45 points (39 kills, 5 aces and a block) and Italy bested China in kills and aces in a five-set win to earn its first World Championships finals berth since 2002.
Italy stayed perfect on the World Championships with its 10th straight victory to eliminate Japan from contention on Monday as 19-year old Paola Egonu turned in a match-high 36 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.