Lubian led Italy with 4 blocks and a total of 12 points with a very high attacking ratio
Rosario, Argentina, August 22, 2017 - In need of a victory to finish on Pool A first slot, Italy was unstoppable to defeat Thailand 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-17) led by a 12-point match of middle-blocker Marina Lubian.
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Supporting Lubian was Italian captain Alessia Populini with only one point less, while Elena Pietrini, Valeria Battista and Fatime Kone trailed with 9, 8 and 7 tallies. All of them had higher numbers than the Thai players.
Italy bolted a 2-0 global lead in no time, with Lubian spiking and blocking the way. Thailand tried to use their defensive recipe, but they could only watch speechless how Italy moved to 25-10 and 25-12. The Asian counterattack got better in the third set, but the defending champions kept drilling and created the gap at 18-13, to wrap it up a while later by 25-17.