|Italy steams past Thailand|
Nagoya, Japan, November 9, 2010 – Italy defeated Thailand in rapid fashion in straight sets (25-13, 25-12, 25-19) on the third day of second-round Pool F play at Nippon Gaishi Hall on Tuesday afternoon.
The Italians came into the match with momentum following their victory over the United States on Sunday and were never threatened. Thailand was coming off a solid victory over the Netherlands on Sunday, but appeared sluggish from the outset.
It was a comprehensive effort from Italy, which outclassed its opponents in just about every category on this day. Italy made just eight errors to Thailand's 22. The winners had a 10-3 advantage in the blocking department and edged their opponents 3-1 in the aces category.
Simona Gioli and Serena Ortolani were the catalysts for Massimo Barbolini's side. Gioli compiled six blocks among her 16 points and Ortolani added 13 including two blocks and one ace. Valentina Arrighetti also had two blocks while contributing 10 points to the victory.
Onuma Sittirak and Pleumjit Thinkaow charted 11 and 9 points respectively for the defeated side.
Italy controlled the pace and took the first set 25-13 in just 17 minutes.
The second set was a repeat of the first, with the Italians playing strong at the net and not finding much resistance on the way to a 25-12 win in 19 minutes.
Thailand put up more of a fight in the final set, taking a 13-10 lead, but Italy stormed back and equalized at 14-14.
A nice option play spike by Gioli put Italy up 20-18 and the Italians quickly ended it 25-19.
Italy will play Cuba on Wednesday, while Thailand goes up against the Czech Republic.
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