Italy beat Brazil in straight sets


Tijuana, Mexico, October 11, 2013.- Italy defeated Brazil in three sets 25-13, 26-24, 25-22 and will play against Turkey on Saturday for the fifth place.


Anna Nicoletti was the top scorer of the match with a total of 20 points, while Cristina Chirichella finished with 13. Laura Partenio tallied 11 and captain Alessia Genari and Raphaela Folie scored 8 apiece.


Brazil’s top scorer was Gabriella Souza while Mara Leao and Francynne Jacintho  finished with 8 apiece.


The Italian team coached by Luca Cristofani won also the block and serve battle with a 15-11 ballance in their favor. Chirchirella had 7 kills and Nicoletti 3. Brazil worked their block with Mara Leao, with 4 kills.


Nicoletti aced 4 times. The Italians also had a good reception with 24 excellents. The Brazilians will play against Germany on Saturday for places 7 and 8.


“We feel a little bit sad. Psychologically, it is difficult for us. We expected to compete for a medal at this tournament”, said Italian coach Luca Cristofani. “But playing against Brazil is always something great. I feel a great respect for them and feel happy for this win in this match against Brazil”.