Italy's Sabbi joins exclusive scorers club


Italy's Giulio Sabbi hits over the triple block of Russia's Egor Feoktistov, Ilyas Kurkaev and Maxim Zhygalov as he becomes the latest player to score 30 points or more in a single FIVB World League game.

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 12, 2016 - Giulio Sabbi of Italy became the second player in this season's FIVB World League to join the 'Over 30s Club' of players who have scored 30 points or more in a single match.

The 27-year-old opposite bagged 31 points in Italy's 3-2 (31-33, 25-23, 21-25, 25-23, 15-10) loss to Russia on Sunday at the Pau Palais des Sports, scoring off 28/46 kills plus three aces.

Last week China's Chuan Jiang had scored 32 points in his team's five-set loss to Turkey in Ankara.

Sabbi is the 40th player in World League history, counting since the introduction of the Rally Scoring System, to join the list.

The all-time record in the World League belongs to Canada's Paul Duerden, who netted an incredible 41 points when his team lost in five sets to Spain in Valencia in 1999.

Argentina's Marcos Milinkovic, Serbia's Ivan Miljkovic and USA's Matt Anderson feature most times on the list, each having scored 30 points or more in a single match four times since 1999.

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On Sunday, the 45-43 scoreline in the third set of the Qatar v Venezuela, 3-1 (27-29, 25-16, 45-43, 25-13), game in Tallinn was also a new FIVB World League record. It breaks the 44-42 score from 18 years ago, when Canada beat Brazil 3-2 (26-24, 42-44, 25-18, 16-25, 19-17) in Ottawa on 29 May 1999.

The duration of the third set in Tallinn of 49 minutes also betters the previous longest by five minutes. Forty-four-minutes sets had been previously recorded in four matches in the World League.


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