Vettori takes charge in Italy’s four-set win over France


Luca Vettori was at the heart of Italy's offence against France in their first-ever encounter in the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Grand Champions Cup

Osaka, Japan, September 16, 2017 – Luca Vettori brought in his A-game against rivals France to register a 3-1 (21-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-21) triumph in the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Grand Champions Cup at the Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium on Saturday.

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Vettori made 24 points, including 22 attacks, a block and an ace to provide Italy’s third straight victory in four matches. Filippo Lanza and Oleg Antonov helped out Vettori, scoring 14 points apiece. Young opposite hitter Jean Patry top scored fro France with 21 points.

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Italy’s three-match winning streak is their first at the World Grand Champions Cup since winning their first seven matches. The only time they won three competitive matches in a row was at the European Championship last August.

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France showed excellent blocking form to grab the lead from Italy, then Patry’s great scoring leadership helped in their last minute run to win the opening set. Italy’s Vettori challenged Patry to a scoring showdown in the next two sets, where the former steered the team to back-to-back victories. By the fourth set, Vettori had slowed down on offence, but his Antonov and Lanza took over to ensure Italy’s fourth set win.


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