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Conte spiking against three Polish blockers in London

London, Great Britain, August 2, 2012 — Poland trounced Argentina in straight sets (25-18, 25-20, 25-16) to achieve their second victory in Pool A of the Olympic Games men’s volleyball tournament at Earls Court on Thursday.

The Polish relied on a superb offensive effort to subdue an Argentinean team who appeared sluggish throughout the match. The South American side are now at 1-2.

The winners grounded spike after spike and finished 48-for-74 in their killing attempts. Poland outblocked Argentina 6-4 and also were better in the service winners category 6-1.

Zbigniew Bartman, who landed 15 spikes out of 22, topped the winners with 17 points, followed by Bartosz Kurek with 16 and Michal Winiarski with 12.

Argentina’s Federico Pereyra and Rodrigo Quiroga finished the match with 11 and 10 tallies respectively.


Marcin Mozdzonek, Captain of Poland: This was our best match. We played very well and made few mistakes. We approached it in a very concentrated manner. You can't let them (Argentina) have even one ball.

Andrea Anastasi, Coach of Poland: We are optimistic about our chances here but these are the Olympic Games and the World League is in the past. People back in Poland expect a lot from our team. We've played good all season and at the World League we won. Despite one loss so far at the Olympic Games, we have played well, but we need to push a lot more. I am optimistic as we have played well all season, but I would like to play well next week, not this week.

Krzysztof Ignaczak, Player of Poland: We knew exactly that Argentina is a very good team. They have one of the best setters in the world, Luciano de Cecco, who is playing both sides - right and left - very well.

Rodrigo Quiroga, Captain of Argentina: We knew tonight it would be difficult. There was too much pressure from the service, the blocks. Poland played perfect volleyball. They didn't allow us to play our normal game. When they serve 100%, have tall players, good blockers and a very good defence, it is really hard. We have to forget and think about Bulgaria (their next match) now, the most important game for us in the pool. The Olympics are like this. We don't feel good, we must win.

Facundo Conte, Player of Argentina: We didn't play well and had a lack of concentration. We have to play much better to win a match and progress in the competition.

Pablo Crer, Player of Argentina: It was a very difficult match. We knew that Poland would be difficult even though they were defeated by Bulgaria. Our goal is to be in the next round and then be amongst the best five teams.

Stats: London 2012 Website - FIVB Website | Schedule
Photos: FeVA - FIVB | Results and Standings