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04-08-2012

ARGENTINA HAND BULGARIA THEIR FIRST DEFEAT IN THE OLYMPIC TOURNAMENT

Conte-Quiroga with outstanding performance as wing players

London, Great Britain, August 3, 2012 –

Argentina eventually stopped the winning march of Bulgaria on Saturday evening at Earls Court as the South Americans got past the side that stood atop of the charts in Pool A after three rounds of play. The match eventually ended in a 3-1 win (25-18, 21-25, 25-19, and 25-20) for Argentina that with this result improved its record to 2 wins and 2 losses, thus being in full contention for a spot in the 1/4 finals, the goal coach Javier Weber had set for this tournament, while Bulgaria dropped to 3-1, thereby sharing the same ratio of Poland and Italy.

A total of four players from Argentina finished the game in double figures, with Federico Pereyra and Rodrigo Quiroga contributing 17 apiece, while Facundo Conte and Sebastian Solé added 16 and 10 to the tally of the South Americans. Even though they played below the standards of their previous matches, still Bulgaria had the best scorer of the game on their side with Tsvetan Sokolov (25), but Argentina was superior in all fundamentals, with Quiroga contributing five out of 11 aces. Via this win Argentina also improved on its Olympic record with Bulgaria, moving up to 2 wins and 1 loss.

The first set began competitively, with Argentina establishing a healthy lead as Sebastian Solé, Rodrigo Quiroga, Facundo Conte and Federico Pereyra all grounded spikes. Todor Skrimov hit back for Bulgaria, but was not getting enough support from the rest of the team. Argentina took the set 25-18.
Bulgaria's key man Tsvetan Sokolov got more court time in the second set and his influence immediately counted as Bulgaria moved ahead. Quiroga and Pereyra helped Argentina stay in touch, but as Viktor Yosifov contributed points, Bulgaria won 25-21.
The third set was very level, but Argentina got the edge through making fewer mistakes and being more clinical with their spikes. Quiroga, Conte and Pereyra stood out again. Bulgaria saved two set points before a Pereyra kill grabbed the set 25-19.
Pablo Crer joined Solé and Conte in helping establish a fourth-set lead for Argentina. Sokolov and Todor Aleksiev worked hard for Bulgaria, but Argentina’s varied play and fewer errors gave them the set 25-20, and the match.

Bulgaria, with three wins and a loss, play Italy in their final preliminary match on Monday, August 6. Argentina, who have won two and lost two, will come up against hosts Great Britain.

Press Conference:

“I think we are not disappointed, but we didn’t play very good. Argentina made very little mistakes. Everybody in this team can spike and block, and we didn’t do this very good” said Bulgarian star Tsvetan Sokolov at the end of the game.
His team’s next stop in the tournament will be on Monday against Italy: “We think about the win. We have to play very good volleyball, and if we don’t win a medal, then we want to have fun and enjoy the Olympics”.

“Today something changed for us as a team. We were able to change our inertia. The most important thing today was the union of the group. Today we played really well, all together as a team, really united” singled out a happy Facundo Conte celebrating Argentina’s second win in the tournament.

Statistics: London 2012 Official site - FIVB Official site | Fixture
Photos: FeVA - FIVB | Results and Standing

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