Francesco Zoppellari: debut in the National Team
Source: Volley News
In Japan, Italy’s winning streak in the World Cup ends. The Italians were defeated by the Russian team by 3-1 and also say goodbye to the possibility of any medals three rounds before the competition’s end.A great start and two well-fought sets aren’t enough for the Blengini’s team, which surrenders during the fourth set.Good news for Italy: the excellent block performances (12 points, 5 points for Russo) and the kills (11 points for Kooy). They experienced many difficulties instead in receiving the Russians’ serves.Of note was the debut of Francesco Zoppellari in the national team.
Italia-Russia 1-3 (25-13, 25-27, 26-28, 12-25)
Italia: Candellaro 1, Sbertoli 4, Balaso (L), Kooy 11, Piano, Russo 8, Antonov 10, Anzani 8, Pesaresi (L), Lavia 3, Nelli 17, Cavuto 3, Pinali, Zoppellari. All. Blengini.
Russia: Podlesnykh 1, Vlasov ne, Kovalev 5, Grankin, Karpukhov ne, Semyshev 13, Iakovlev 10, Voronkov 15, Philippov 10, Shcherbinin (L) ne, Andreev (L), Surmachevskiy, Kruglov 1, Zemchenok 14. All. Sammelvuo.
Referees: Muranaka (Giappone) e Cespedes Lassi (Rep.Dominicana).