This weekend the Italian national team claimed two thrilling victories over Cuba and leads in Pool D. On the 2nd place – Korea that has beaten France twice.




Pool D, weekend 2

Italy vs. Cuba 3-0 (25:19, 25:21, 27:25) and 3-2 (25:14, 23:25, 25:17, 22:25, 18:16)

After two spectacular victories over France, Italy beats the World Championship silver medalists 3-0 and 3-2. In the 1st match they controlled the situation from the first ball to the last, letting Cuba to get close only in the 3rd set. In the whole match the Italians made only 2 errors in attack! Top scorer of the match was Cristian Savani with 76% in attack, from Cuba the most efficient was Henry Bell with 72% in attack. The 2nd match between these two teams wasn’t so easy and unilateral. Cuba played better in every element and was able to get to the tie-break. They had even a few match-balls but eventually it was the Italian team that took the set and the whole match, making happy nearly 5.000 fans assembled in Palazzetto dello Sport in Andria.

Mauro Berruto said: “A very exciting night, great audience and fantastic match. We still have to improve but in this match we played to a very high standard at some of the key moments.”

After the 2nd weekend Italy is leading the classification with 11 points. Cuba is on the 3rd place with 4 points.

Korea vs. France 3-1 (25:21, 24:26, 25:20, 25:16) and 3-1 (27:25, 19:25, 25:23, 25:16)

Proceedings of both matches between Korea and France seemed very similar. Korea, supported by enthusiastic fans, was dominating over tired France in every element on the game. The guests couldn’t find their own rhythm and made too many easy errors. In the 1st match it was Marien Moreau who was maintaining an equal level of game. He scored 20 points, the most among his teammates. Worth to notice is the performance of Choi Hong-Suk in the 2nd match who was shining in the attack, defense and block, and became top scorer with 17 points.

Korean coach Park Ki-Won said: “Our excellent concentration and strong determination for victory as shown in the third set were the main factors for today’s victory. I am satisfied with our concentration on service reception and our fighting spirit, despite a lack of stamina.
Korea‘s young players Jeon Kwang-In and Choi Hong-Suk did an excellent job on court. Overall, I would like to give a high grade to their play, but they still have work to do.”

In the standings Korea is 2 points behind the leading Italy, France stays at the bottom with no points.

Source: FIVB