Riffa, Bahrain, August 26, 2017 - Italy endured the tough challenge of Turkey to win in the decider (28-26, 16-25, 25-21, 20-25, 15-8) ) on Saturday for the 9th-12th classification match at the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship in Isa City Sports HallQuick links - Volleyball:
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Lorenzo Cortesia led Italy with 20 points from 14 attacks, five blocks and a service ace. Matheus Motzo, who came off the bench, added another 14 points for the Italian side. Turkey captain Adis Lagumdzija led all scorers on the board with 34 points.
Both sides looked to utilise their most powerful hitters on the floor. Italy anchored its offence with Diego Cantagalli or Motzo on opposite, and Cortesia at the middle. Turkey capitalised on the strength and precision on Lagumdzija, who unleashed powerful spikes up front and from the backline. Soon enough, the match was a matter of who could play better defence and have the proper orchestration of counter-attack. Italy proved more persistent in defence, both by the net and on the floor. The Italian side collected 17 points off blocks, and played excellent defence to be able to address Turkey’s heavy serves.