Rosario, Argentina, August 25, 2017 – After making it into FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship semifinals, coach Marco Mencarelli left clear Italy still have a long way to go. Meanwhile, captain Alessia Populini explained “the will to win and the team union are untouchables”.

Marco Mencarelli, Italy coach: “We played a good game. We had continuity, we could always put pressure with our service, as we usually do, but today we could maintain it the whole game. That made the difference; we made it hard for them to side out. Our road is a long one, it doesn’t end here: one point at a time, one set at a time and one match at a time.”

Alessia Populini, Italy captain: “We played pretty well, but for sure we can do it better. Our main goal is to reduce as much as we can the error margin, knowing that our aggressive play is prone to errors. We can improve everything, but the will to win and the team union are untouchables.” – Source FIVB

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