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Overview

 

With Volleyball stars like de Gennaro, Sylla and Bosetti, the Italian team are ready for a battle against Russia in Atlas Arena. Russia won 9 out of 12 battles against Italy in European Championships matches. Top scorer Nataliya Goncharova (RUS) scored unbelievable 30 points against Belgium in the 8th Finals in Bratislava and Russia will not give anything away for free. The fact that Russia were eliminated in the first knock-out round at the European Championship two years ago, losing 3-0 to Turkey in the quarter-finals, will motivate them even more.

Head-to-Head


· Russia (incl. predecessors) won nine of their previous 12 European championship meetings with Italy.
· The most recent European championship meeting between these nations came in the 2015 quarter-
finals. Russia defeated Italy 3-1.
· Italy has three wins over Russia in European championships came in their last four meetings: 3-2 in 2005
(group stage), 3-0 in 2007 (2nd group stage) and 3-0 in 2007 (semi-finals).
· In major world level tournaments, Italy won their two most recent matches against Russia: 3-1 wins at
the 2018 World Championship and in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.
· In the 2019 VNL, Indre Sorokaite won 31 points for Italy, at least 14 points more than any other player
on court.

Italy

· Italy won five of their six matches this European Championship in straight sets, with the only exception the 3-2 defeat against Poland in their last group match.
· Italy could record at least six straight-set wins at a European championship for the third time, after 2007 and2009 (both 6). They won the title in both years.
· Italy could reach the semi-finalsf or the first time since 2011.
· Paola Ogechi Egonu was Italy's top scorer in all six of their matches, including 17 points in their round of last16 win against Slovakia (3-0).
· Indre Sorokaite won 16 points against Slovakia, only one fewer than Egonu (17).

Russia

· Russia won four of their six matches this European Championship in straight sets. They lost 3-2 against Germany in the group stage and won 3-1 versus Belgium in the round of last 16.
· Russia could claim at least five wins in straight sets at a European championship for the first time since five in 2007.
· The last two times Russia reached the semi-finals at the European championship they ended up winning the title, in 2013 and 2015.
· Russia won seven of their last eight European championship knockout matches, with the only exception a 3-0defeat against Turkey in the 2017 quarter-finals.
· Nataliya Goncharova won 30 points in their round of last 16 win against Belgium, at least 13 more than any otherplayer on court.
· Goncharova also collected the most points for Russia in their group stage matches against Belarus, Switzerland and Germany (joint with Kseniia Parubets).

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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

RUSSIA

Player Statistics

Italy come together after securing their place at the Finals weekend
Match Report

Italy qualified for the semi finals - over powered Russia in four sets

Article

Both teams seemed shaken by the importance and played with tension in the first set. Russia took the command, mainly thanks to strong attacks from Goncharova. Russia was in the lead the entire first set up till 18 -18 when Italy took the first contact and manage to stress Russia to some mistakes but ended up as winner of the set.
In second set it was the other way around. Italy started with a bang but Russia had contact already at 6-6 and followed up until 13-13. A powerful attack by Margarita Kurylo Russians tied up 18 -18. Paola Egonu gave the Italians set ball and Indre Sorokaite ended the second set with an ace 25-22. Third set was a big battle between the two teams and Italy did some great saves and two spectacular blocks in a row ending up as winner 27 - 25. In fourth set Russia seemed to be in advantage but 2 blocks in crucial moment of set four, one on Goncharova, one on Parubets was to much for Russia who never recovered. And Italy can celebrate the ticket to the semi finals in Ankara. Italy will face Serbia in the semi finals.

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The match in numbers

151
Points

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

123
Duration

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

3520
Spectators

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

293
Match Spikes

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

52%
Reception Level

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

18-9
Net Domination

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

7-2
Ace Count

ITALY number of service aces compared to RUSSIA

48-42
Error Difference

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

"It was a crazy game, we had to chase Russia in every set so all of us had to step up as a team and play the highest level. We came back to Łódź from Bratislava fully focused, we knew we will need to take risks. In order to play our best volleyball we had to stick together in defense, trust each other in ofense and don't loose the concentration. We are going to Ankara!"

Sarah Luisa Fahr
Middle-Blocker of Italy
Italian Coach Davide MAZZANTI celebrates after the final point

"Quarter final game is a completely different story than 1/8 or any Pool stage match. We wanted to please our Russian fans in the arena and the ones rooting for us back in Russia, the pressure was big and so were the Italian attacks. They were gaining speed and due to our mistakes we made them feel comfortable. We lacked their block game, good service and consistency in attack."

Irina Koroleva
middle-blocker in Russia