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Oct02

The Volley Warriors!

By Giancarlo Colombo, Thursday October 02, 2014
Italy's Francesca Piccinini (left) and Monica De Gennaro (right) pictured while receiving during the 2014 Volleyball Women's World Championship in Italy. Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X with an EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM lens; the exposure was 1/1328sec at f/2.8, ISO 2000.

Italy's Francesca Piccinini (left) and Monica De Gennaro (right) pictured while receiving during the 2014 Volleyball Women's World Championship in Italy. Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X with an EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM lens; the exposure was 1/1328sec at f/2.8, ISO 2000. © Giancarlo Colombo

Here I am, back blogging after months travelling around the world covering the Youth Olympic Games and European Athletics, to describe to you an enormous event that has touched my homeland of Italy: the 2014 Volleyball Women's World Championship!

It's the first time that Italy has hosted this event and the air you can breathe is wonderful! All the Italian volleyball world is proud and this can be seen in every single place that is full of fans and in a team that, till now, has had incredible matches!

In Rome there is an arena called PalaLottomatica and it's where the 'Italvolley' has waged its qualification matches. In this place Aida notes resonated in the air, the symbol of the Italian Team's victories.

Every single point played on that court has been important for the spirit and for the mentality, because each match has turned up the desire to show the world that Italy is the best.

From both a technique and tactical point-of-view these girls have wonderfully executed the fundamental skills and played intelligently while, during some difficult moments where technique wasn't enough, they have shown their real team character. Fierce girls, competitive, ready to give their souls to reach their objective, what they believe in, their big love... volleyball!

A spike by Francesca Piccinini (centre) of Italian Team during the 2014 Volleyball Women's World Championship in Italy.  Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X with an EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM lens; the exposure was 1/1328sec at f/2.8, ISO 2000.

A spike by Francesca Piccinini (centre) of Italian Team during the 2014 Volleyball Women's World Championship in Italy.
Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X with an EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM lens; the exposure was 1/1328sec at f/2.8, ISO 2000. © Giancarlo Colombo

Marco Bonitta, Italian Team Coach, pictured during the 2014 Volleyball  Women's World Championship in Italy. Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X with  an EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM lens; the exposure was 1/1328sec at f/2.8,  ISO 2500.

Marco Bonitta, Italian Team Coach, pictured during the 2014 Volleyball
Women's World Championship in Italy. Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X with
an EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM lens; the exposure was 1/1328sec at f/2.8,
ISO 2500. © Giancarlo Colombo