Riffa, Bahrain, August 22, 2017 - Italy claimed a 3-1 match against China (25-22, 25-13, 20-25, 25-23) at the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boy’s U19 World Championship. The European vice-champions conclude Pool D of competition with three wins and one loss after Tuesday’s match at Isa City Sports Hall. Quick links - Volleyball:
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Diego Cantagalli led the Italian side with 20 points (18 attacks and two blocks) while Lorenzo Cortesia posted 17 points. China captain Cong Tian likewise charted 20 points for his team.
Italy seized good advantage with the first two sets, showing their dominance in their frontline. Cantagalli and Cortesia combined for Italy's powerful offence, that China needed to work doubly hard on defence. The Asian side employed steadier play to win the third set, as they came up with good decisions in crucial points. The European side suffered from errors, allowing their opponents to inch closer in the fourth set. But Italy tried to remain steady to take the decisive moments for victory, posting a total of 48 attacks, 12 blocks and five service aces.