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Italy cruises past Turkey to take fifth in World Championships



Italians celebrate their fifth place at the 2010 FIVB World Championship

Tokyo, Japan, November 14, 2010 - In a match that would decide fifth place in the FIVB 2010 Women's Volleyball World Championship, Italy and Turkey faced off at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Sunday. Italy came out on top in a tough match against a spirited Turkish squad, winning in straight sets 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-21).

Leading the Italian team in scoring was Serena Ortolani who posted 17, while Simona Gioli supported with 13 of her own, including four blocks. Antonella Del Core chipped in 10.

Neslihan Darnell, the leading scorer for the tournament thus far posted 17 as well for her side.

Turkey jumped out to an early four-point lead in the first, but Simona Gioli threw down a trio of spikes for Italy to bring it even at 7-7. Ortolani came on strong for the Italians with a flurry of attacks that helped them edge out to 18-14. Darnel brought Turkey back to 23-23 with a long spike that an Italian defender perhaps should have let go, but in the end Italy would take it 25-23 on an errant drive by Neriman Ozsoy.

Turkey held maintained a slight edge early in the second, but Antonella Del Core pushed her team ahead 12-9 with a clever tip at the net followed up by a spike out wide. An Ortolani spike put Italy up seven at 22-15, despite Darnel's best efforts - she had seven in the set - to keep it close. Italy went on to close it out emphatically 25-20 on a Gioli spike off a set from Eleonora Lo Bianco.

Italy seemed to keep to finish to start the third, jumping out 9-3 on a cheeky tip by Gioli followed by a tremendous Piccinini kill. Italy would maintaint their lead until the second TTO when Ortolani dropped a bomb down the center of the Turkish defense to make it 16-9. Darnel and Bahar Toksoy showed spirit with some late attacks for Turkey, but the Italians proved too much on the day, fittingly taking the set and the match on a Ortolani spike, 25-21.