March 22, 2023

The victory over Cuba on the first day of the elimination stages at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship 2022 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, allowed Italy to move to the quarterfinals of the competition.

Cuba was Italy’s toughest opponent up to this point in the competition.

The team that had the most successful campaign in the Pool Phase, the defending European champions, were defeated by Cuba in the opening set of the competition, but they remained unbeaten by claiming a Round of 16 victory at Arena Stozice by a score of 3-1 (25-21, 21-25, 26-24, 25-18), which advanced them to the quarterfinals of the most important tournament of the year.

By virtue of their victory, the Italians have ensured that they will at the very least match the performance of their previous World Championship campaign, which occurred in 2018, when they co-hosted the competition along with Bulgaria but were eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Yuri Roman, an outside hitter for the three-time defending world champions, was the team’s leading scorer with 14 points, all of which came from kills. Outside hitters Daniele Lavia and Alessandro Michieletto contributed a total 20 points to the team’s scoring, with Daniele Lavia contributing 11 points (nine kills and two blocks) and Alessandro Michieletto racking up another nine points (seven kills, one ace, one block).

Michieletto had this to say about the Cuban team’s performance: “They performed extremely well.” “It was a very good match, and I believe the key for us was serving better in the third and fourth sets. Both of those sets were quite close.” The fact that we were victorious in the third set was essential to our success because it boosted our self-assurance and allowed us to perform even more effectively in the fourth set. The entire squad turned in a really strong performance, and I couldn’t be happier with how we did considering how challenging the game was.

Jaime Herrera, a Cuban opposite player, finished with 23 points after recording 19 kills, 1 block, and 3 aces during the match. He was the player with the most points. Both middle blocker Robertlandy Simon and outside hitter Marlon Yant, who both play for teams in the Italian SuperLega, contributed with 11 points apiece to the victory.

Despite suffering the defeat, Cuba was victorious in the categories of kills (52 to 39) and aces (three to two), with the exception of the blocking competition, which the Italians prevailed in by a score of 12 to 5. The Caribbean team committed 44 errors, while Italy only committed 28. This was the primary factor that differentiated the two teams.

The Italians will play whoever advances from the encounter between France and Japan, which will take place on Monday, September 5 at 21.00 local time in Ljubljana, and the victor of that match will meet the Italians in the quarterfinals. France and Japan will play each other on Monday, September 5. (19.00 GMT).

Co-hosts Slovenia also advanced to the quarterfinals of the World Championship earlier today by claiming a 3-1 victory over European adversaries Germany.

This next Sunday will see the continuation of the Round of 16, with two additional matches, both of which will take place in Gliwice, Poland. The first match, which is scheduled to begin at 17.30 local time (15.30 GMT), will feature a rematch between the United States of America and Türkiye. The second match, which is scheduled to begin at 21.00 local time (19.00 GMT), will feature two-time defending champions and hosts Poland facing off against reigning African champions Tunisia.

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