With top stars including Bosetti, De Gennaro and Sylla, the Italian team is one of the favourites to take it all at CEV EuroVolleyW 2019, after winning the silver medal at the Women’s World Championship in 2018. The young and ambitious team from Portugal is here in Łódź to gain experience but most definitely cannot be disregarded.
DE GENNARO Monica
FAHR Sarah Luisa
NWAKALOR Sylvia Chinelo
SYLLA Miriam Fatime
EGONU Paola Ogechi
ENWEONWU Terry Ruth Nkemdilim
BREGOLI Giulio Cesare
BREGOLI Giulio Cesare
WFB-02-ITALY vs PORTUGAL - the official ball
WFB-02-ITALY vs PORTUGAL - National Anthem of Portugal
National Anthem of Italiy
Portugal's team happy after scoring
Aline Rodrigues (14) and Vanessa Rodrigues (8) from Portugal try to stop
WFB-02-ITALY vs PORTUGAL - Action on the net Eduarda Duarte (2), Vanessa Rodrigues (8) from Portugal
Portugal's Head Coach Jose Francisco Santos gives some tips his players
Davide Mazzanti - Team Italy Head Coach discusses with his players
Italy thrash rookies Portugal to catch flying start to EuroVolley campaign
Portugal, ranked 22 in Europe, had a tough task to cope with in their EuroVolley debut when playing Italy, silver medal winners from last year’s World Championship.
The match lasted a little longer than an hour and Italian superstar, Paola Egonu, proved that she is currently one of the world’s finest players. The 20-year-old opposite was nearly flawless and it is only the beginning of the tournament.
The Italian team had 6-0 runs in the first minutes of the second and third sets.
Another star player, Francesca Piccinini, made her debut as the ‘voice’ of Italian broadcaster RAI at this championship.
The match in numbers
The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.
The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.
Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.
The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.
An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.
The number of successful point winning blocks of ITALY compared to PORTUGAL.
ITALY number of service aces compared to PORTUGAL
Errors leading to points of ITALY, next to those from PORTUGAL
“It was a hard match. We made many mistakes and we did not show good volleyball. Tomorrow we will play with Poland and we will give our best. We expect a difficult match, because Poland is a very demanding opponent.”
Middle blocker of Portugal
“We were excited about playing the first match at the championship, but after a few balls we started playing calm and more relaxed. We are very happy with the result of this match because we got the job done. We have a day off tomorrow. It is a long tournament with plenty of time to rest and prepare for next matches.”
Middle blocker and team captain of Italy