Rosario, Argentina, August 25, 2017 - With an astonishing performance, Italy dealt with USA in the first quarterfinals match in Rosario, prevailing 3-0 (25-7, 25-16, 25-15) with Elena Pietrini, Marina Lubian and Sarah Luisa Fahr all in top shape.
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Pietrini bagged another 14 points to keep enhancing their numbers at the competition, while Lubian and Fahr were leveled with 11 points each, the latter with a tournament-high total of 7 blocking points. On USA, Madison Kubik was the only player with double digits as she had 10 tallies.
It was a matter of time for Italy to break free in the first set - an ace by Populini created an 8-4 score, then Fahr and Lubian were superb down the middle and Pietrini wrapped the set 25-7 with three aces in a row. USA did better on the next episode, but it was only to resist the Italian pace a bit longer as the Azzurrine moved to 18-11 after an ace by Fahr. The 2-0 materialised by 25-16 and the Italian performance remained spotless via Pietrini and Lubian, towards a definitive 25-15.