Between Elena Pietrini and Alessia Populini, Italy had a whole set of harvest against Peru
Rosario, Argentina, August 23, 2017 - With the job of captain Alessia Populini and Elena Pietrini, defending champions Italy took another step in Argentina as they defeated Peru 3-0 (25-20, 25-13, 25-13) to be among the best eight teams of the competition.
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Pietrini pocketed 14 points and Populini 11, but they weren’t alone at the Italian offensive force as Terry Enweonwu, Marina Lubian and Sarah Luisa Fahr all scored 9 times. On the other hand, Peru had to work a lot to land the ball into the opposite court and the most active player was Thaisa McLeod, with 7 tallies.
Peru showed an energetic version on the first set and even placed in front of Italy at moments, but the European consistency was a lot to handle and Italy darted to a 25-20 with Populini as leader. That advantage boosted Italy to a super-solid 17-8 and in no time they secured the second set by 25-13. The South American side tried to find some energy once again, but Italy didn’t give any margin, moved to 18-11 and Pietrini sealed the match by 25-13.