Following Italy’s victory over the USA on Saturday, they were awarded bronze medals in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship 2022.
In the match for third place, which took place in the Dutch city of Apeldoorn, the defending winners of the Volleyball Nations League and Europe recorded an outstanding 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 27-25) shutout against the defending champions of the Olympics.
The scores were 25-20, 25-15, and 27-25. The Italian female athletes have completed their collection of World Championship medals, which now includes the gold they won in 2002 and the silver they won in 2018.
The highly anticipated world championship match between Brazil and Serbia, which will determine both the 2022 world champion and the silver medalist, is scheduled to begin in just a few minutes, at 8:00 PM local time (18:00 GMT).
Paola Egonu, Italy’s star opposite player who is 23 years old, performed another high-scoring performance and led her team to victory with a match-high 25 points to her name. Paola Egonu is Italy’s star opposite player.
She added four kill blocks and an ace to her record in addition to the 20 spiking points she scored by successfully completing 53% of her attacks. The only other player to score in the double digits throughout the match was Andrea Drews, who represented the United States and scored 10 points.
An ace served by Egonu put Italy ahead by two points for the first time, making the score 5-3; however, the United States immediately tied the score, assumed control of the situation, and eventually won by a margin of four points. The Europeans leveled the match with four unanswered points, including a combined three kill blocks from the middle blocker Marina Lubian and outside hitter Egonu, bringing the score to 13-13.
Alessia Orro, who plays for Italy’s setting team, pounded an overpass to put her side back in the lead at 15-14. The Italians scored four in a row, including an ace by outside hitter Caterina Bosetti for 18-15, to grab a 19-15 ahead and never looked back after that point. Egonu was on fire during this stretch of play. At 24-20, set point was earned by Anna Danesi with a spike through the center, and the first set was finished off by the Americans with a touch on the net at 25-20.
The Americans seized their first lead of the second set with a cross-court swing by Drews for 2-1, and with an ace by setter Lauren Carlini for 9-6, they expanded their lead to three points. This gave them their first chance to win the match. Italy regained control of the game at 11-10 after a run of three points thanks to some astute play in attack by Danesi and Egonu.
They then proceeded to score another five points in a row, bringing the score to 17-11, and then scored another four points in a row, bringing the score to 21-13. In the conclusion, Italy’s resounding dominance was capped off by two consecutive aces served up by Lubian, which brought the score of the set to 25-15 and ended it.
Throughout the entirety of the third set, the action on the court took the form of a close-fought fight. The lead switched hands multiple times throughout the race. After an ace by US middle Haleigh Washington, the difference between the teams increased to three points for the very first time. The Americans were able to maintain control of the situation because momentum was on their side.
They were presented with four attempts to win the set and remain in the match after Drews’ direct serving point for 23-20 and Washington’s monstrous block for 24-20, respectively, giving them the opportunity to do so. However, despite Sylla and Egonu having possession of the net, the Italians were able to stop all four of their shots and then one more before seizing control in overtime and getting to the point where they could win the match. At the very end, the celebrations for the bronze medal were kicked off by a giant block that was made by Danesi.
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