Nanjing, China, August 3, 2017 – Paola Egonu scored 32 points to lead Italy to a 3-1 (25-21, 22-25, 25-22, 25-21) win over USA to secure a semifinal spot in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre on Thursday.
Italy played with an organised attack pattern led by Egonu, which allowed them to take the first set win at 25-21. USA bounced back and snatched the second set 25-22. Egonu’s great attack game prevailed at the end of the third set, giving the Italians a 2-1 set-advantage. Egonu continued to get past the USA defence with her strong hits to secure her team’s 3-1 victory.