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 had one of the most incredible offensive performances in international volleyball history on Friday.
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.
China is aiming to reach the World Championship final for the sixth time in its history
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.
Sloetke’s output was the most points ever scored in a winning effort at the World CHampionships.
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.
The star of the show thus far in the World Championships has been Italy’s Paola Egonu. The 19-year old has notched 182 total points (150 kills, 17 blocks, 15 aces) and also ranks among the top 10 in aces and kills.
There are many ways to dig a volleyball, but using your face is probably the worst of them
Elena Pietrini ranked 4th in the Nations League tournament earlier this summer with 19 aces.