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Overview

Italy, the bronze medalists of the previous edition of the EuroVolley starts their 21st consecutive appearence at the European Championships as a main favourites in Pool C, hoping to gain the third European crown after 12-year-break being led by their charismatic leader Paola Egonu (previously they won the event in 2007 and 2009). On the other side, the EuroVolley 2021 is 10th performance at the event for Belarus, the team finished 22nd in the last edition, but in 2017 they claimed 7th place. The both teams lock horns twice at EuroVolley and in both cases Italy emerged victorious.

Belarus staying fully focused before their match against Italy
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  • Officials
    First Referee
    Mirko JANKOVIC
    SRB
    Second Referee
    Ari JOKELAINEN
    FIN
  • Venue Information
    External Image
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    Many basketball and volleyball competitions, many martial arts competitions, and even some tennis competitions were played in the Krešimir Ćosić Hall. The Croatian Volleyball Federation in the Krešimir Ćosić Hall organized the finals of the Croatian Cup and the Snježana Ušić Cup in the 2019/2020 season, MEVZA tournaments for younger age categories and all finals of domestic championships for younger age categories. Capacity: 8000
  • How To Attend
    Internal Image
    Internal Image

    Splitska 3, Zadar, 23000 Capacity: 8000

    AIRPORT ZADAR – public transportation secured by bus to the main bus station. Distance from airport Zadar to main bus station is 12 km cca. 25 min MAIN BUS STATION in Zadar to Krešimir Ćosić hall Distance from main bus station in Zadar to hall is 7 km cca. 10 min Get directions

Featured Players

Team

Team Profile
Logo for ITALY

ITALY

Address

Viale Tiziano, 70 (Mailing) ROMA
Team Leaders
Middle blocker
Outside spiker
Team Schedule

Previous Games

04/09/2021 vs. 3 - 1 W play circle Go to Match Centre
03/09/2021 vs. 3 - 1 W play circle Go to Match Centre
01/09/2021 vs. 3 - 0 W play circle Go to Match Centre
  • All Time
  • 26
    Competitions Played
  • 6
    Titles
  • Competition
  • 9
    Matches Played
  • 9
    Matches Won
  • 100%
    Win %
  • 27
    Sets Won
  • 765
    Points Won
  • 48%
    Attack %
  • 46%
    Reception %

Team

C
17
SYLLA Miriam Fatime
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 1/8/1995
  • Height: 184 cm
  • Weight: 75 kg
3
GENNARI Alessia
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 11/3/1991
  • Height: 185 cm
  • Weight: 74 kg
4
BONIFACIO Sara
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 7/3/1996
  • Height: 184 cm
  • Weight: 72 kg
5
MALINOV Ofelia
Setter
  • Birth Date: 2/29/1996
  • Height: 184 cm
  • Weight: 67 kg
6
DE GENNARO Monica
Libero
  • Birth Date: 1/8/1987
  • Birth Place: ITALY
  • Height: 172 cm
  • Weight: 62 kg
8
ORRO Alessia
Setter
  • Birth Date: 7/18/1998
  • Height: 180 cm
  • Weight: 73 kg
10
CHIRICHELLA Cristina
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 2/10/1994
  • Height: 195 cm
  • Weight: 76 kg
11
DANESI Anna
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 4/20/1996
  • Height: 196 cm
  • Weight: 77 kg
14
PIETRINI Elena
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 3/17/2000
  • Height: 190 cm
  • Weight: 76 kg
15
NWAKALOR Sylvia Chinelo
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 8/12/1999
  • Height: 177 cm
  • Weight: 71 kg
18
EGONU Paola Ogechi
Opposite
  • Birth Date: 12/18/1998
  • Height: 190 cm
  • Weight: 79 kg
20
PARROCCHIALE Beatrice
Libero
  • Birth Date: 12/26/1995
  • Height: 167 cm
  • Weight: 60 kg
24
MAZZARO Alessia
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 9/19/1998
  • Height: 184 cm
  • Weight: 64 kg
29
D'ODORICO Sofia
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 1/6/1997
  • Height: 186 cm
  • Weight: 77 kg

Staff

Head Coach
Assistant Coach
Assistant Coach 2

Recent Results

Team Statistics

ITALY

Overview

BELARUS

Player Statistics

Match Report

Routine win for Italy

Article 20 August 2021

The favourites in Pool C and bronze medal winners two years ago, Italy recorded their first win (3-0; 25-20, 25-18, 25-16) against the team of Belarus. Unfortunately, all the matches played in Zadar, Croatia are without spectators, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Italian team, having beaten Belarus in their last four matches, started today’s clash without too much motivation, while Belarus had a lot of respect for their opponents. The first two sets, as a result, were very similar, with the first section of each set pretty uneventful before Italy ended up some 3, 4 points ahead and forced Belarus to take more risks.

The best Italian player of the first set was Elena Pietrini, outside spiker, who scored 9 points (90% efficiency), with 80% of positive service reception. In the end, she ended up scoring 19 points, while their captain Miriam Sylla scored 11 times and their most effective player - Italian star Paola Egonu – registered 20. That was enough to finish the match without too much stress for their team.

However, it is important to mention a very large number of unintentional mistakes of the Italian team; 8 in the first set, 7 in the second, while Belarus scored 9 points in the third. The third set was a one way street for the Italian team - which they closed with a comfortable 25-16 score.

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The match in numbers

96
Points

The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.

75
Duration

The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.

350
Spectators

Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.

155
Match Spikes

The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.

34%
Reception Level

An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.

5-7
Net Domination

The number of successful point winning blocks of ITALY compared to BELARUS.

11-2
Ace Count

ITALY number of service aces compared to BELARUS

32-31
Error Difference

Errors leading to points of ITALY, next to those from BELARUS

“Of course, it was not easy to re-focus and to return to play after the Tokyo Olympics – where we messed things up, as everyone would agree. However, we do not want one tournament to define the level and quality of this team. Carrying the Olympic flag at the Opening Ceremony was the sort of experience you get to live once in a lifetime and I still feel very humbled and honoured that the IOC chose me for that occasion.”

Paola Egonu
Opposite hitter of Italy

"Today we had an interesting game, because Italy is so strong and high-level team. We tried to play normal, make a good fight, but we lost, it happens. Tomorrow we will try to play better and we hope to win, because entire country supports me and my team. It gives me a lot of emotions, so hopefully tomorrow or in the next days we will win."

Hanna Klimets
opposite of Belarus