Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times
(C) Volleyball World

2023 VNL Season

VNL: Galassi tows Italy past Canada in 5


Italy fended off a gritty Canada side in a remarkable five-set match with scores of 25-14, 23-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-9, securing its place within the Top 8 of the 2023 FIVB Volleyball Men’s Nations League on Thursday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

With a win-loss record of 7-3, the 2022 European Champions took a step towards joining Japan, the USA, and host Poland in the Final Round.

Thanks to a strong start in the decisive fifth set, with outside hitter Alessandro Michieletto serving, the Italians slowly inched towards victory. They built a significant 12-6 cushion, which proved to be enough as the two teams traded points until the end.

However, it was the play of Italy’s middle blockers that made the difference, with Gianluca Galassi finishing with 17 points from 11 attacks, four blocks, and two aces.

“It was really hard because their players are really good. We know some of them really well. And for us, we sometimes play well and sometimes not too well as usual,” said last year’s World’s Best Middle Blocker, reflecting on his team’s performance.

“We hope we can perform better in the next games because I know we can do better.”

Italy utilized its middle attackers, Galassi and Roberto Rosso, early in the first set to exploit Canada’s defense and create opportunities for their wing spikers. The European team also effectively anticipated the opponent’s attacking strategy, resulting in a dominant set win with four blocks.

In the second set, Canada capitalized on Italy’s tentative offense and gained an early lead of 7-2. The Canadians had to fight hard to secure the win as the Italians tied the score at 22.

#ReadMore  Kobe Paras hopes for Filipinos' unity as Gilas goes to war in KL

The third set followed a similar pattern, but this time Italy regained its aggressiveness at the net. Back-to-back kills from Galassi and Simone Giannelli propelled Italy to a 20-17 lead, giving them the advantage once again.

Canada, however, had different plans and turned a 19-21 deficit into a 25-23 win in the fourth set, capitalizing on late errors from the European side.

Italy regrouped and ultimately claimed this crucial victory.

Michieletto led the scoring with 14 attacks, three blocks, and a service ace, while Rosso contributed 15 points from 11 attacks, two blocks, and two aces.

Italy will strive to continue its ascent and secure a spot in the final eight when they face Slovenia on Friday at 7:00 PM.

Ryan Sclater once again led the Canadian offense with 22 points from 16 spikes, five blocks, and an ace. Meanwhile, libero Justin Lui frustrated the Italians with 13 digs and seven receptions.

Canada, now standing at 2-8, will aim to end their VNL run on a high note, starting with a match against world No. 1 Poland on Saturday at 3:00 PM.

Written By


You May Also Like

2024 VNL Season

Xander Ketrzynski proved to be the difference as Canada secured its first-ever appearance in the FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League Final Round with a...

2024 VNL Season

By: Ernest Tuazon A small-town kid with big dreams – that is how outside hitter Erik Loeppky would describe himself after looking back on...

2024 VNL Season

Eric Loeppky pulled off an impressive two-way performance to steer Canada to a third consecutive win in the 2024 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League,...

2024 VNL Season

Canada secured its second consecutive win in the 2024 FIVB Volleyball Nations League Manila Leg with a dominant sweep of Germany, a team previously...

2024 VNL Season

Canada continued its impressive run as the 2024 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League’s surprise package, defeating Japan in a marathon 25-21, 20-25, 25-15, 25-20,...

News

Petro Gazz aces Brooke Van Sickle and MJ Phillips, along with PLDT star Savannah Davison, are in the process of switching federations to represent...

2023 VNL Season

Slovenia enjoyed a morale-boosting send-off to the 2023 FIVB Volleyball Men’s Nations League on its final day in the Philippines. This followed their three-set...

2023 VNL Season

Canada closed its 2023 FIVB Volleyball Men’s Nations League with a four-set triumph against China, with scores of 23-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-18 on Sunday...

Advertisement