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Florencia Busquets tries to overcome German's blocking

Okayama, Japan, November 13, 2011 – Germany beat Argentina 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-18) in the FIVB World Cup at Momotaro Arena in Okayama on Sunday. Regina Burchardt collected the Most Impressive Player award after scoring nine points as a substitute for Germany. Germany’s top scorer was Angelina Grun with 15 points. Corina Ssuschke-Voigt had 13, including four blocks, and Christiane Furst scored 10. Argentina’s top scorer was Lucia Fresco with 12.

Argentina found good form early on with Emilce Sosa and Maria Jimena Perez landing three big hits between them, while Germany’s first three points came on Argentine errors. Angelina Grun and Maren Brinker got Germany’s offence moving, but it was two more Argentine errors that put the Germans 8-4 in front at the first technical timeout. Argentina dug in, with Florencia Natasha Busquets making a great block on Grun and Sosa landing two classy shots in the second phase. Successive kills by Paula Yamila Nizetich and Fresco drew the teams level at 12 and Germany coach Giovanni Guidetti – with the memory of Saturday’s shock defeat to the Dominican Republic still fresh – called a timeout when a wide line drive by Grun gave the South Americans the lead. Argentina were playing with confidence and skill and they held off the Germans from 12-12 to 21-21 when a tipover and smash by Furst gave the Germans the lead again. An Argentine reception error allowed Ssuschke-Voigt to make an easy spike for setpoint and another reception error off the serving of Furst handed the set to Germany.

Germany started the second set positively, with Ssuschke-Voigt and Furst coming up with a good kill and big block each, but three successive German errors allowed Argentina to close to within a point at 7-6. Grun started to find her range in the second phase and the Germans pulled away to 16-10 at the second TTO. Argentine coach Horacio Bastit called a timeout at 14-20 as his team gave away some soft points. Ssuschke-Voigt and Margareta Kozuch made successive blocks on Nizetich and another excellent block by the Germans – on Leticia Boscacci – brought up set point. Kozuch then arrowed a shot down the line to put Germany 2-0 up.

Nizetech landed a couple of shots early on to give Argentina hope at the start of the third set, but Brinker and Burchardt responded for Germany. Two great blocks by Ssuschke-Voigt helped Germany pull away from 5-4 to 12-6 before a pair of hits by Fresco stopped the rot for Argentina, temporarily at least. Furst landed two more kills and then served an ace that put Germany 16-9 up at the second TTO. In the final phase, Argentina rediscovered how to block, but it was too late. A long shot by Nizetich brought up match point and Kozuch finished things off with a strike that the Argentines couldn’t handle.

Press Conference:

Germany coach Giovanni Guidetti: I’m very happy about today’s match because the team had a great reaction after losing yesterday. The first set was not so easy for us. Argentina played good and made good improvements in the last year. My team was very focused and I’m really happy. Now, after eight matches we lost only two, so we are doing very, very well and I’m very excited to go to Tokyo with the possibility of qualifying [for the Olympics], so this is already kind of a dream for us. We came to the World Cup to play good and we go to Tokyo with the possibility to qualify, which we know is very difficult, but we believe in us and I think these [next] two days will help us regenerate a little bit because the players are starting to get tired.

Germany captain Margareta Kozuch: Today, we’re happy to win this match 3-0. I think we had problems with our attack at the start, but our substitutes did really well and did a really good job in the second and third sets. The team was reacting really good from the beginning, starting powerfully and keeping it to the end. Because of this we won 3-0. After a match like yesterday’s it’s always difficult. Now we’re going to Tokyo and hope to win as many matches as possible.

Argentina coach Horacio Bastit: Congratulations to my colleague for the win. We played well in the first set with good intensity, but Germany then made some key substitutions and took control. After that, they put pressure on us with their serves and in the third set their attack and counter-attack were too much for us.

Argentina captain Emilce Sosa: It was a difficult match. We started playing well but then things got complicated after the first set and that was the reason we lost.

Argentina No. 3 Paula Yamila Nizetech: We started to play well in the first set but then they put pressure on us with their service, and their attack was superior. But we’ll continue to work and improve.

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