Italy beat USA in U18 Semifinals

DURANGO, Mexico, September 29, 2021 - Italy swept United States 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-22) in semifinals and will meet European champion Russia for the 2021 FIVB Girls' U18 title match.

Giulia Ituma led Italy with 23 points, followed by Giulia Viscioni with 13 tallies. McKenna Wucherer had 15 points as the best American scorer.

The Italians held the advantage in blocking 13-8 while the Americans had the upper hand in aces 5-4. Both teams committed the same total of unforced errors with 17 and the Italians led in attacks.

Italian middle blockers Naussica Acciarri and Islam Gannar each had four of the 13 blocks by the winners. Devin Kahahawai matched that same total of blocks for the defeated side.