Cortesia excels as Italy sweep Cuba

Riffa, Bahrain, August 25, 2017 – Lorenzo Cortesia was a force at the net as he scored five of Italy’s 17 blocks to win 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-17) against Cuba in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship at the Isa City Sports Hall on Friday.

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Cortesia had a match-high 13 points, then Davide Gardini and Daniele Lavia scored 11 points apiece for Italy. Cuba struggled to get better involvement from their hitters on offence as they only scored in single digits with Lazaro Yoelvis Brunet Llanes leading them with eight markers. Italy scored 28 attacks, 17 blocks and nine aces to overpower their rivals.

Italy gained ground in the first set with a good service game that put Cuba in a difficult position to run their offence. The Cubans were more aggressive in the second set, but the Italians played excellent net and floor defence that enabled them to gain the five-point edge to win the set. Italy continued to play their game, while Cuba struggled on their errors that closed set and match in favour of the Europeans.


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