Italy returns to victory, the fourth in the Nations League, and does so with the 3-0 at the bottom Australia, still at zero points. Galassi finds the field after the stop due to a muscle fatigue that has kept him out in the last two games and is paired with Leandro Mosca who still receives the trust of coach Valentini while the diagonal setter opposite is entrusted to Sbertoli and Pinali. Space for Oreste Cavuto in the band together with Alessandro Michieletto with Fabio Balaso free. Unavailable Gabriele Nelli, stopped for a muscle strain in his left thigh. Good choral performance for the Azzurri who managed to assert their game in front of an Australia that, especially in the second set, tried to keep up with Italy in front of a Pinali in the best scorer version, 14 points today for him, but also the usual Michieletto and Galassi who signed 13 points on his return. To orchestrate the game today a lucid Riccardo Sbertoli who exploited all his forwards by serving both the spikers and the central players and also putting his signature among today’s scorers with a block out during the first set.
Today’s victory brings Italy to 4 victories with 11 points ahead of Argentina, passing by set quotient, and is projected to “week 4” by making an appointment on Tuesday 15 June at 16.30 for the match against the USA. The signing of the first point of the match is by Giulio Pinali who stops the Australian attack on the wall for the 1-0. An air invasion on Sbertoli’s attempted dribble is worth 3-2 for Italy. The feeling between Sbertoli and Moscow, together with Milan, is worth the point of 4-2. Balaso’s defense first and the ball pushed well on the opponent’s wall by Michieletto, bring Italy forward 7-3. At the first technical time out Italy ahead 8-4 thanks to a winning first half in Moscow. Sbertoli invents himself as an attacker and on Michieletto’s lift he doesn’t think about it for a moment and ends with the block out which is worth 9-4. Australia shortens the distance and moves to five points from the Azzurri who maintain the 11-6 lead. Smith’s ace, the best scorer among the Australians to date, is worth the eighth point for Australia against 12 for Italy. At the second technical time out Italy went ahead 16-11 with a winning first half in Moscow, often sought by Sbertoli today. On his return to the field, Moscow still scores, his wall of 17-11. Italy maintains the advantage but Michieletto’s mistake in the serve brings the Australians to 16 against Italy’s 20. Michieletto attacks out after a fantastic recovery of feet by Perry, Italy ahead 21-17. Australia does not give up, O’Dea’s first half is worth 20-23 but Michieletto delivers the first set ball to Italy at 24-23 Graham’s attacking error closes the set in favor of the Azzurri 25-23 .
In the second set Valentini confirms the initial 6 + 1. Fairly balanced starting phase, Smith’s winning attack is worth 3-4 with the Azzurri ahead by a length, parity reached with an attacking error by Michieletto who sends out the ball of 4-4. Another mistake by Michieletto in attack, the Australian wall works, brings Smith and his teammates 5-4 ahead. Cavuto leads Italy 8-7 in the first technical time out but Australia regains the advantage 9-7 on a mistake by Cavuto himself in attack. Pinali’s ace brings Italy back by a length of 11-10. Teams ahead arm in arm until the second technical time out that sees Italy ahead of a length 16-15. Italy tries to extend, Galassi’s first half is worth 17-15. Australia holds its own against Italy, but the Azzurri maintain a two-point advantage 21-19. Valentini calls Cavuto, in his place Recine and Pinali continues to grind points, 22-20 in favor of Italy. Space also for Vitelli who takes the place of Moscow. The wall of Galassi and Michieletto stops Australia and signs the 23-20 for Italy that sends Spirito to the field for Sbertoli for a single rotation, Sbertoli returns to the field immediately. The error in Aubrey’s service is worth 24-21 for the blues. A great first half by Galassi closes the second set 25-22.
The third set begins with the initial 6 + 1, with the return to the field of Oreste Cavuto. Sbertoli takes advantage of Galassi who puts the 4-2 to the ground in favor of Italy. Michieletto tries to detach Australia, his ace brings the blues to +3, 5-2 and again the center of Vero Volley, this time with a lob, signs the 6-3. The blue advantage becomes +4, in the first technical time out Italy ahead 8-4 with the winning lob from Cavuto. Michieletto from the second line puts down the point of 11-5 for Italy which becomes +7 on 12-5. Yellow for protests in Dosanjh by Maroszek, the first whistle of this match. The nervousness on the pitch rises with Australia trying to contain the blue advance that reaches the second technical time out on the score of 16-9. Italy reaches the maximum advantage, +9, on 19-10. Michieletto’s block on Azeez brings Italy to 23-13, putting the match in the safe, and it is Michieletto himself who wins the first match point on 24-14. Match closed by Pinali’s wall for the final 25-15.