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The Argentine team in Cyprus

Larnaca, Cyprus, July 11, 2012 - Once more, Argentina celebrated at an international beach volleyball competition. In the first date of the U 19 Men's FIVB World Championship, that is taking place in Cyprus, the Argentine Facundo Funes-Samuel De Elorza obtained one victory and one defeat and are very near of advancing to the second round of this competition.

The Mar del Plata team was defeated first by the Australian Max Staples-Samuel Walker 0-2 (19-21, 13-21 in the opening match of Pool J.

But then, at the closing of this first day, they got a perfect revenge facing the best team of the competition, the host team of Kirill Rudenko-Konstantinos Yiannakkos.The victory for Funes-De Elorza 2-0 (21-15, 21-18) left them very near of qualifying for the second round as best second team of the pool.

Each Pool will qualify three teams for the second round. The best team, until now the Australian one, will direclty qualify between the best 16 teams while the other two will play against other teams for a place at the final path. If Funes-De Elorza remain in the second place, they will face a third ranked team with greater chances of qualifying for quarter-finals.

On the closing date of the first round, this Thursday, July 12 the Argentine team will face from Namibia, Tin Hiupic-Gerard Fischer (that stand fourth in the pool until now).

(U 19 Beach Volleyball World Championship official site)