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Italy thrashes China in opener of men's volleyball World League

2009-06-13 08:00:26 GMT2009-06-13 16:00:26 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

ROME, June 12 (Xinhua) -- Italy took a comfortable opening win in the men's volleyball World League as they beat China 3-0 on Friday.

Even against a not perfect Chinese team, the Azzurri offered a very positive performance in front an enthusiastic crowd.

The Italian team led 8-7 at the first technical

timeout and then was able to play their game, putting more pressure on China before closing out the first set 25-16 in only 23 minutes.

China tried to mount a comeback but it was Italy that looked always impressive, winning the remaining sets at 25-12 and 25-16.

China coach Zhou Jianan said: "Tonight we play very bad and Italy is very effective in attack and defensive work. I admit that the two teams are in different league."

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