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Overview

The "small final" of the 2019 EuroVolley Women between Italy and Poland is a rematch of a pool phase encounter, then Poland won over silver medallists of the 2018 World Championship in five sets. Both teams haven't been on podium of the European Championship since 2009, so definitely they will fight hard to finish this tournament with bronze medal.

Article - Medal Match Previews

Pre-match

  • Match Polls
  • Officials
    First Referee
    Koen LUTS
    BEL
    Second Referee
    Ozan Cagi SARIKAYA
    TUR
  • Venue Information
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    The Ankara Spor Salonu is an indoor sporting hall that is located in Ankara, Turkey that opened in April 2010. The seating capacity of the hall is 10,400 spectators. Built for the 2010 FIBA World Championship, the new venue replaced the nearby Ankara Atatürk Sport Hall as the home of Turkish Basketball League clubs, Hacettepe Üniversitesi, Türk Telekom Basketbol, and Optimum TED Ankara Kolejliler. In 2015, the hall hosted the FIVB U23 Girls Youth World Championship, along with the Baskent Voll
  • How To Attend
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    Gar Meydanı, Hipodrum Cad., ANKARA, 06080


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Head-to-Head

· Poland and Italy have met 15 times at European championships. Poland won the first five encounters, but added only three wins in the following 10 matches.
· This is a replay of the 2005 European championship final, which Poland won 3-1 against Italy.
· Poland beat Italy in five sets in the pool phase on 29 August, coming back from a 2-1 deficit in sets. Poland could now win back-to-back European championship matches against Italy for the first time since the first five matches these teams played in the tournament.
· Italy beat Poland 3-2 in the Nations League this summer.

Italy

· Italy lost their semifinal 3-1 against Serbia. This was their second defeat of the tournament after a five-setter against Poland on 29 August.
· Italy are in their first European championship medal match since the bronze medal match of the 2011 edition, which they lost 3-2 to Turkey.
· Italy's last European championship medal came in 2009, when they beat Netherlands 3-0 in the gold medal match to claim the title.
· Paola Ogechi Egonu was outright top scorer in the semifinal against Serbia on 26 points. Cristina Chirichella (10) was the only other Italian player in double figures.

Poland

· Poland lost their semifinal against Turkey in four sets. They could now lose back-to-back European championship matches for the first time since their last two matches of the 2017 edition.
· Poland could reach the European championship podium for the first time since 2009, when they beat Germany 3-0 in the bronze medal match.
· Malwina Smarzek-Godek (18 points) was Poland's top scorer in the semifinal against Turkey. Magdalena Stysiak (11) reached double figures in scoring as well.
· Agnieszka Kakolewska (2) was the only player on multiple stuff blocks against Turkey on Saturday.

Semi-Final Highlights

Team

Squad Listing

C 10

CHIRICHELLA Cristina

Middle-blocker

1

SOROKAITE Indre

Opposite

5

MALINOV Ofelia

Setter

6

DE GENNARO Monica

Libero

7

FOLIE Raphaela

Middle-blocker

8

ORRO Alessia

Setter

11

DANESI Anna

Middle-blocker

13

FAHR Sarah Luisa

Middle-blocker

15

NWAKALOR Sylvia Chinelo

Outside-spiker

16

BOSETTI Lucia

Outside-spiker

17

SYLLA Miriam Fatime

Outside-spiker

18

EGONU Paola Ogechi

Opposite

20

PARROCCHIALE Beatrice

Libero

21

ENWEONWU Terry Ruth Nkemdilim

Opposite

43332

MAZZANTI Davide

Head Coach

Player profile

MAZZANTI Davide

Head Coach

20558

BENDANDI Simone

Assistant Coach

Player profile

BENDANDI Simone

Assistant Coach

28194

BREGOLI Giulio Cesare

Assistant Coach

Player profile

BREGOLI Giulio Cesare

Assistant Coach

47266

PIERAGNOLI Luca

Assistant Coach

Player profile

PIERAGNOLI Luca

Assistant Coach

Recent Results

Team Statistics

ITALY

Overview

POLAND

Player Statistics

Match Report

Italy beat Poland in bronze medal game to secure first EuroVolley podium finish in 10 years

Article

After losing to Serbia in the semis, Italy claimed the bronze medal match after defeating Poland 3-0. This accounts for Italy’s first EuroVolley medal since seizing gold in 2009. It increases Italy’s EuroVolley tally to 7 medals – with gold from the 2007 and 2009 editions to go with silver in 2001 and 2005, and 2 more bronze medals claimed in 1989 and 1999.

 

The ‘Azzurre’ made up for the 2-3 loss they suffered at the hands of Poland in the last match of the pool phase in Lodz. Italy edged their opponents courtesy of a 53% success rate in attack.

 

Paola Egonu was the top scorer of the match with 23 points. Malwina Smarzek-Godek scored 15 times for Poland.

 

It was the 16th EuroVolley match between Italy and Poland since the inaugural tournament held in 1949. With today’s victory, the head-to-heads stand now at eight victories apiece.

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The match in numbers

106
Points

The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.

94
Duration

The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.

4000
Spectators

Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.

193
Match Spikes

The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.

49%
Reception Level

An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.

6-5
Net Domination

The number of successful point winning blocks of ITALY compared to POLAND.

4-0
Ace Count

ITALY number of service aces compared to POLAND

34-33
Error Difference

Errors leading to points of ITALY, next to those from POLAND

Cristina Chirichella, captain of Italy: “After losing yesterday, we are obviously very happy with this result. It was our goal to play the final. We won the bronze medal and this is not too bad, since we are growing together day by day. As we are such a young team, this can be a start point for more to come.”

“I think the first game against Italy was completely different. I think that both teams have improved the quality of their performance since the start of the tournament. I think that overall, we did a good job at this EuroVolley. We started well in the group phase and we won difficult matches against Italy and Germany, but we lost the most important ones here in Ankara. Therefore, it is difficult to say much after a game like that.”

Agnieszka Kakolewska
Captain of Poland