Italian blocking power was too much for Canada and despite being pushed to overtime in the third set, the reigning European champions defeated the North Americans in straight sets as the teams started their campaigns at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship 2022 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on Saturday.
Blocking power propels Italy to victory against Canada
With 14 blocking points against four for the North Americans, the Europeans survive a long third set to win 3-0
Published 09:44, 27 Aug 2022
The Europeans produced as many as 14 blocking points (with all six starters contributing) against just four for the Canadians to secure a 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 39-37) win that had them starting the tournament on the right foot in Pool E.
Outside hitter Daniele Lavia was one of Italy’s top blockers on the night, tallying four stops against the Canadians. The 22-year-old hitter also produced 14 kills to end the match with 18 points to his name.
“Canada played really well in the third set,” Michieletto commented. “We had some difficulties with their serves and we didn’t serve well on our side. But we’re happy that we managed to win and start the tournament well. We have two other difficult opponents in pool play and will take one match at a time with the goal of continuing to improve.”
In the other match of the pool, played earlier on Saturday in Ljubljana, Türkiye counted on a combined total of 36 points from opposite Adis Lagumdzija (19) and outside hitter Burak Gungor (17) to sweep (25-15, 25-19, 25-14) China and share the top spot in the standings with the Italians.
The four Pool E sides will be back on the court on Monday. Canadians and Chinese will play each other at 11.00 local time (9.00 GMT). Türkiye and Italy will clash later at 21.15 local time (19.15 GMT).