Cantagalli-Cortesia connection helps Italy’s 3-1 win against Czech Republic


Riffa, Bahrain, August 18, 2017 - Italy overcame a huge challenge from Czech Republic by winning 3-1 (25-19, 25-21, 19-25, 30-28) in Friday’s match at the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boy’s U19 World Championship.

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Italy’s Diego Cantagalli scored 16 points, while Lorenzo Cortesia helped with 12 more markers in the Pool D match at Bahrain’s Isa City Sports Hall. Czech Republic’s Jan Svoboda led all scorers in the field with 17 points, but his team found difficulty in addressing the opponents’ service pressure.

The Italian side served ferociously which gave difficulty to the Czech side’s passing. Czech Republic took control of the third set by trying to give the same level of pressure from the service line. Setter and captain Ondrej Piskacek ran a tighter offence and enabled his hitters to connect. By the fourth set, the Czech side tried to maintain their momentum, nearly forcing a decider. Italy showed better composure in their defence and closed the match with a block.


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