Zaytsev Hits 15/17 From The Field To Lead Italy Past Belgium In Pool A

  0 Liam Smith | September 13th, 2018 | International Volleyball, News

2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship

What is a team to do when its opponent’s star hitting duo erupts for a 25/31 (80%) hitting night? Belgium had to find out the hard way what it means to play against an inspired Italian team that has in it superstars of Zaytsev’s and Lanza’s caliber. Meanwhile, the Italian team continues to gift its home fans with dazzling performances. Here is the day’s recap:

#4 Italy Defeated #15 Belgium 3-0 (25/20, 25/17, 25/16)

  • Italy moves to 2-0 while Belgium moves to 1-1
  • Attendance: 7500
  • P2 Stats-Sheet

Italy didn’t give Belgium a chance to built on its opening day win against Argentina, handling the Flemish team a very quick 3-0 (25/20, 25/17, 25/16) loss. Ivan Zaytsev had a monster game, scoring 20 points while hitting 15/17 and netting 5 aces. Equally effective was his partner Filippo Lanza, who scored 10 points on 10/14 hitting, as Italy an unheard of 70% from the field as a team. Meanwhile, Belgium had a not-so-stellar 47% hitting night. Next up for Italy is Argentina while Belgium will try to bounce back against Slovenia.

#12 Japan Defeated #38 The Dominican Republic 3-0 (25/20, 25/26, 25/16)

  • Japan moves to 1-1 while the Dominican Republic moves to 0-2
  • Attendance: 2813
  • P2 Stats-Sheet

Japan made quick work of the Dominican Republic by handing it a quick 3-0 (25/20, 25/26, 25/16) loss in only 82 minutes of play. Yuri Ishikawa led the way with 17 points on 15/20 hitting while Henry Capellan had 14 in the losing effort. Japan hit 58% from the field as a team while holding its opponent to 40% hitting, while also out-blocking it 12 to 4. Next up for Japan is Slovenia while the Dominican Republic will try to bounce back against Argentina.

Here are the post match reactions:

Japan’s Coach Yuichi Nakagaichi: โ€œWe are very happy for the victory, but we need to improve our game because next matches will be more difficult. Now we celebrate this match, but from tomorrow we need to start with the same beliefโ€.

Japan’s Captain Masahiro Yanagida: โ€œIโ€™m very happy for the performance of my team! We played very well but we can improve our game. Next matches will be very hard like the match against Italyโ€.

DR’s Coach Jose Alexander Gutierrez Sanchez: โ€œOur team is very young. For almost everyone it is the first experience in a World Championship, so it is right that they enjoy it. At the next World Championship we will be ready!โ€

DR’s Captain Elvis Contrera: โ€œOur team is very young, players are not even twenty years old so we are not experts. This matches are very good to grow up and Iโ€™m sure that at the next World Championship we will be ready!โ€

Pool A Standings

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1 ย Italy 2 0 6 6 0 MAX 150 117 1.282
2 ย Slovenia 1 0 3 3 1 3.000 97 68 1.426
3 ย Japan 1 1 3 3 3 1.000 139 127 1.094
4 ย Belgium 1 1 3 3 4 0.750 150 157 0.955
5 ย Argentina 0 1 0 1 3 0.333 82 97 0.845
6 ย Dominican Republic 0 2 0 1 6 0.167 120 172 0.698

Schedule and Results

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
9 Sep 19:30 Italyย  3โ€“0 ย Japan 25โ€“20 25โ€“21 25โ€“23 75โ€“64 P2 Report
12 Sep 17:00 Dominican Republicย  1โ€“3 ย Slovenia 25โ€“22 13โ€“25 13โ€“25 17โ€“25 68โ€“97 P2 Report
12 Sep 20:30 Belgiumย  3โ€“1 ย Argentina 25โ€“19 25โ€“19 22โ€“25 25โ€“19 97โ€“82 P2 Report
13 Sep 17:00 Dominican Republicย  0โ€“3 ย Japan 20โ€“25 16โ€“25 16โ€“25 52โ€“75 P2 Report
13 Sep 21:15 Italyย  3โ€“0 ย Belgium 25โ€“20 25โ€“17 25โ€“16 75โ€“53
14 Sep 17:00 Japanย  โ€“ ย Slovenia โ€“ โ€“ โ€“ 0โ€“0
14 Sep 20:30 Argentinaย  โ€“ ย Dominican Republic โ€“ โ€“ โ€“ 0โ€“0
15 Sep 17:00 Belgiumย  โ€“ ย Slovenia โ€“ โ€“ โ€“ 0โ€“0
15 Sep 21:15 Italyย  โ€“ ย Argentina โ€“ โ€“ โ€“ 0โ€“0
16 Sep 17:00 Japanย  โ€“ ย Belgium โ€“ โ€“ โ€“ 0โ€“0
16 Sep 21:15 Dominican Republicย  โ€“ ย Italy โ€“ โ€“ โ€“ 0โ€“0
17 Sep 17:00 Belgiumย  โ€“ ย Dominican Republic โ€“ โ€“ โ€“ 0โ€“0
17 Sep 20:30 Argentinaย  โ€“ ย Slovenia โ€“ โ€“ โ€“ 0โ€“0
18 Sep 17:00 Japanย  โ€“ ย Argentina โ€“ โ€“ โ€“ 0โ€“0
18 Sep 21:15 Italyย  โ€“ ย Slovenia โ€“ โ€“ โ€“ 0โ€“0

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