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The girls showed a great performance at the Pan-American Cup

The Argentine National Team finished on the sixth place at the 6th Pan-American Cup that is taking place in Colima, Mexico after being defeated 2-3 by Puerto Rico (25-21, 25-15, 17-25, 22-25, 10-15). The team coached by Carlos Di Lonardo showed a great performance facing one of the most powerful teams of the American continent, making history in Argentine Women Volleyball upgrading five places from the place obtained in the year 2006.

Argentina played an outstanding first set with a very leveled performance on both sides of the net. Puerto Rico strongest weapon was its blocking while Argentina put pressure serving. On the hands of Leticia Boscacci and the great output of the Middle Players, Patricia Oillataguerre and Ileana Leyendeker Argentina got the leadership to close 25-21.

On the start of the second set the match seemed very different. A serve of Aurea Cruz and the blocking of Eva Cruz gave the lead to the Puerto Rico Team first 3-8 and then 5-12. The incoming of Belen Roldan serving changed the score and the Cordoba girl complicated Puerto Rico reception. Ileana Leyendeker spikes from next to the net could not be received and the light blue - white jersey team changed a 12-13 set into a good 25-15 using also the mistakes of the opponent team.

The third set was very leveled but only on the first points. The changes on the field of Puerto Rico were very effective and Argentina could not concentrate and made a lot of non-forced errors. With the second TT0 9-16 even though Argentina kept fighting put a clear 2-0 into a 2-1 closing the set 25-17.

Argentina started the fourth set winning up to 10-8 when the ups and downs of the Caribean Team helped them get the lead. They arrived without any problems to the second TTO 16-10 but once more the changes of players recover the opponent score. The serve and blocking of its players leveled the set 21-21 to close 22-25 and go to a Tie-Break definition.

The last set gave a good show. Both teams fought point by point until 5-5 when the spikes and blocking of the team coached by Nuñez made the difference closing 10-15 and getting the fifth place of the competition.

Puerto Rico 3- Argentina 2
Sets: 21-25, 15-25, 25-17, 25-22, 15-10.
Referees: K. Wenderboe (USA) - J. Perez (CUB).
Stadium: Polideportivo Universitario (Colima, Mexico)

Argentina (2): Sabrina Seguí (5), Leticia Boscacci (20), Patricia Oillataguerre (11), Ileana Leyendeker (15), Camila Nizetich (7), Antonella Bortolozzi (10), Tatiana Rizzo (L). Coach: Carlos Di Lonardo. Substitutes included: Karina Pacheco (1) - Belen Roldan (1).

Puerto Rico (3): Vilmarie Mojica (3), Sarai Alvarez (5), Eva Cruz (17), Sheila Ocasio (12), Karina Ocasio (15), Aurea Cruz © (10), Debora Seilhamer (L). Coach: Juan Carlos Nuñez. Substitutes included: Tatiana Encarnación (1). Dariam Acevedo (5), Michelle Cardona (1).

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