First RefereeAri JOKELAINENFINSecond RefereeAlexey PASHKEVICHRUS
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
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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
Paola Ogechi EGONU
Born in Cittadella, December 18, 1998. In the national team: Bronze European Championships 2019, Silver World Championship 2018, Silver W. Grand Prix 2017. I enrolled in psychoeconomics. It is a new university faculty, started two years ago. I chose this faculty because I really like psychology.
On Wednesday, Italy defeated in straight sets the host of Pool C - Croatia, showing their strength on the court. The team powered by Paola Egonu who scored 24 points (!) needs one more win to not only complete the preliminary phase unbeaten, but also to top the pool. Switzerland has nothing to lose, being ranked as the last team in the pool with one win claimed after dramatic tie-break against Hungary at the beginning of the tournament. The team guided by Saskia van Hintum will be determined to leave a good impression after their last match and to challenge the bronze medallists of the previous edition of Europe's prime competition.
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Alessia Gennari spiking
Melline Pierret setting the ball to her teammate
Anna Danesi trying to find a right angle to spike
Italy stay unbeaten
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Italy complete clean sweep in Pool C despite valiant Swiss effort
In theory, if Switzerland had managed to beat Italy, they could have caught the last train to Belgrade, but that unfortunately the underdogs could not fulfil their dream and cause what would have been a tremendous sensation.
Although Italian coach Davide Mazzanti gave a chance to two players (Sara Bonifacio and Ofelia Malinov) who had not played in Zadar yet, the rest of the team consisted of Alessia Gennari and Anna Danesi who had contested some of the previous games and, of course, Paola Egonu and Elena Pietrini plus libero Monica De Gennaro. The changes to the usual starting six did not affect their game. The Swiss girls gave their absolute best, they left it all on the court, but it just was not enough against the Italian superstars.
In the first set Italy had no problems, eventually celebrating a 25-17 win. In the second one, they relaxed considerably, and Switzerland managed to take the lead up to 10-4. At that stage, Italy woke up and responded swiftly, levelled the score at 15-15 and flew away. The set ended 25-18 in their favour.
Even though the Azzurre played better in the third than they had done in the second set, sometimes it seemed they played as much as they needed to, not more. They still broke away to lead 8-4, then 10-5. Switzerland stormed back to level the count at 11-11 and 16-16 and even had a set point, but Italy showed no mercy and closed the match in three sets (27-25).
The match in numbers
The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.
The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.
Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.
The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.
An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.
The number of successful point winning blocks of ITALY compared to SWITZERLAND.
ITALY number of service aces compared to SWITZERLAND
Errors leading to points of ITALY, next to those from SWITZERLAND
“This fifth straight victory means a lot to us, since this pool was quite difficult, possibly because we underestimated some of the teams we played here. They do have a very different style of playing than we are used to – so it took us some time to adjust to their shots, blocks and defence. We now look forward to the matches in Belgrade – we shall probably play France in the 8th Finals. We definitely do not underestimate them, but we know that if we play as good as we can, we can beat anyone.”
Middle blocker of Italy
Sarah van Rooij
“We had nothing to lose and it's so amazing to play against such great players, whom we see on TV, so every point we made is just like a party. We enjoyed being a part of it. Of course, they scored many beautiful points, but we were also able to score a few and to have fun. In the last set, we gave everything and it was very close.”
Outside hitter of Switzerland