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The team that made its debut at the FIVB Grand Prix

Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 26, 2011 - No doubt this has been the best year for all girl's and women's national teams, adding more international competitions for Argentina in the last years with reference to femenine teams. This perfect participation at the FIVB calendar for the Women's Senior Team, added to the Youth competition in their World Championship make an incredible positive final balance.

Prior to starting the 2011 international season all teams realized they would have a very demanding calendar, starting with Argentine debut at the FIVB Grand Prix - the most important annual competition for Women's Senior Teams of the World organized by the International Volleyball Federation - with Argentina qualifying at the 2010 Pan-American Cup. But, it is good to start naming that participation.

Through out the Management of the Argentine Volleyball Federation, the Women's Senior Team prepared a great friendly tour in the country playing v Great Britain, winning more than what it lost and with that experience travelled to Ciudad Juárez, in Mexico for the 10th edition of the competition where South American and strong Norceca teams face each other.

The most intensive match of that competition was the exciting 3-2 where Argentina defeated Peru for the fifth place and with that result, the light blue - white jersey team finished overcoming the South American rival at the International Ranking becoming the second best CSV team behind Brazil and therefore qualifying for the second FIVB Grand Prix 2012 even prior to playing its first one.

In August, it was time for the Debut at the FIVB Grand Prix in Poland, Bydgoszcz and Zielona Gora first and then in Thailand, Bangkok facing in 9 matches in three weekends the best teams of the World. Surprising more than one, the girls won two matches one v Dominican Republic and the other v Cuba.

The Youth team at their World Championship once more

Their work went on with the South American Championship trying do maintain the second runner up place obtained in the year 2009 playing the final v Brazil. Even though to play in Peru it meant more difficulties, Argentina left behind the pressure of feeling as visiting team overcoming Peru in one of the semi-final matches by an unquestionable 3-0 result to leave it out of the World Cup.

With all these goals fulfilled, Argentina grew as second strong South American Team and the FIVB decided to give it a wild card for the Japan World Cup. This meant returning to such important competition after 8 years making Argentina one of the countries with perfect assistance in all 2011 FIVB World Competitions for Women Teams. In Japan the light blue - white jersey team kept adding experience with three victories out of eleven matches - v Dominican Republic (again), Algeria and Kenya.

The Argentine ranking at the FIVB grew as the international competition and after starting the year in the 25th place of the ranking now it stands in the 18th place next with Peru improving seven places.

Speaking of returning, the Argentine Girls' Youth Team returned to the World Championship, this time in Turkey, a competition they played last time in the year 2005. At that moment in Macao, Yamila Nizetich, Lucía Gaido and Aylín Pereyra, now international Senior players started to be known. Now, the team played finishing among the best eight teams of the world, maybe a new path that starts for Argentine teams.