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Argentine blocking win over Edgar spiking

London, Great Britain, July 29, 2012 - After eight years, Argentine indoor volleyball returned to the London Olympic Games and with the right foot: it defeated in its debut match, Australia 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-20) in Earls Court inside venue on Sunday. Sebastian Sole, Facundo Conte and Pablo Crer finished with 13, 12 and 11 points to spearched the winning offense while Australia's Thomas Edgar had a match-high points and Igor Yudin added 13. Now, comes the strong Italian team next Tuesday, July 31st. also at 10.45 Argentine time.

When asked just before the match, Argentine coach, Javier Weber if his goal was to reach quarter-finals his immediate answer was: "Our goal is to defeat Australia" making it very clear that the idea of this young team is to go step by step, improving their performance and winning confidence on the long run. the average age of most of its players is only 22 so this talented group of athletes nearly sure will have at least two more Olympic Games in their career with a great level shown in their first Olympic experience.

They are very young but nevertheless mostly have great international experience participating at the Youth's and Juniors' FIVB World Championships, FIVB's most important annual competition, the World League and playing the Argentine and foreign demanding Leagues.

A very equal match showed two teams with a peculiar fact: Jon Uriarte as coach of Australia and being Argentinian, was not only facing Argentina as team but Nicolas, his son. Anyhow, the son's 82 generation does not stop with his name, the roster includes also Facundo Conte, Rodrigo Quiroga (captain) and Ivan Castellani, all young talented promises that already have their first experience to be part of the most important National Seniors' team that represents Argentina at the London Olympic Games 2012.

Sole was effective in 9 of 11 killing attempts while Crer was even better going 8-for-9 in his attacks.

The first started tightly, with Crer and Edgar landing impressive spikes, and both sides also blocking very effectively. Argentina edged ahead to 14-10 with Sole, Conte and Crer spiking well, and stayed in front thanks to solid defensive play. Yudin and White scored for the Volleyroos as they fought hard, but Argentina's intelligent play saw them through to a 25-21 set win.

The teams traded points evenly throughout the second set, with Edgar, White and Yudin being important for Australia, while Argentina's clever setter Luciano De Cecco fed Conte , Crer and Federico Pereyra. But after drawing level at 18-18, the South American side made fewer mistakes than an Australia side mainly reliant on power, and pulled ahead to win the set 25-22.

The third set followed the same pattern with Yudin and Edgar blocking and spiking well for Australia, while De Cecco controlled Argentina's intelligent use of the ball. But Conte and Sole were the stand out players on the day and their team moved ahead. Ultimately a very young Australia side made a few too many mistakes to compete. Argentina took the set 25-20.

Statistics: London 2012 - FIVB Website | Fixture
Photos: FeVA - FIVB | Results and Standings