US Women’s Volleyball Team Triumphs Over Italy in Olympic Qualifier
The US women’s volleyball team clinches victory over Italy in the Olympic qualifying tournament, extending their winning streak to five matches.
The US women’s volleyball team continued their remarkable form, securing a fifth consecutive victory by defeating Italy 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 25-21, 25-18) in the Olympic qualifying tournament held in Lodz, Poland.
Jordan Thompson, playing in the opposite position, played a pivotal role in leading her team to a resounding win, amassing an impressive 24 points. Kelsey Robinson, the outside hitter, contributed 16 points to the US’s success. Italy’s Ekaterina Antropova, playing as an opposite, scored 20 points for her team, as reported by Xinhua.
Davide Mazzanti’s team struggled with errors, conceding 24 points to the US, who, in contrast, gave away only 14 points due to errors.
After a 25-19 loss in the first set, Italy responded strongly by claiming the second set 25-23. Antropova played a crucial role in this turnaround, scoring nine points with a combination of seven attacks, one block, and one ace.
The US, the reigning Olympic champions, went on to secure the following sets, maintaining their perfect record in Pool C with five wins.
Italy holds the second position with four victories, closely followed by Poland, also with a 4-1 record.
Earlier on Friday, the host nation, Poland, engaged in an intense battle with Germany, ultimately winning 3-2 (20-25, 27-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-12). The decisive moments of the tie-break were sealed by Martyna Czyrnianska‘s spike and an effective double block.
On the upcoming Saturday, Poland is set to face the United States, Thailand will take on South Korea, and Italy will compete against Germany.