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27-07-2013

FIVB YOUTH'S GIRLS WORLD CHAMP.: ARGENTINA DEFEATED JAPAN 3-0

The Argentine Youth's that obtained a great debut in Thailand

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 27, 2013 - With an outstanding result the Argentine Youth's made their debut at the FIVB Youth's World Championship in the Thailand city of Nakhon Ratchasima. The light blue - white team coached by Guillermo Caceres overcame the Asian sttrongest team, Japan 3-0 (25-23, 34-32, 25-21). Sol Piccolo and Elina Rodriguez topped the score with 16 and 15 rallies respectively. With this result, Argentina took a huge step towards their qualification in a very demanding Pool B. This Sunday, they will face the strong Poland (European Champions) at 8.00 Argentine time.

Facing the Asian Champion Argentina showed its utmost in a match that did not give rest to either team. The score difference was never important to the point that the three sets were very levelled with the second finishing 34-32 on the youngest teams representing their countries.

With four teams having played 1 match, Argentina, Poland, China and Greece, Argentina tops Pool B with three points. Poland is second with 2 points after a 3-2 victory, followed by Japan with 2 (1-1 record).

Argentina defied all odds to gun down Asian powerhouses Japan in tough three sets 25-23 34-32 25-21 to capture their first win in the Girls’ U18 World Championship at the Liptapanlop Hall on Saturday.

Miku Benoki led Japan with 20 points including 19 devastating spikes, while Sol Piccolo emerged as the top scorer of Argentina after bagging 16 points.

Japan, world No.9 and former two-time world champions, had their confidence boosted following the dramatic 3-2 win over world No.1 China the previous day. Against the much taller Argentina, ranked 13th in the world, Japan remained in their strong line-up which included Mizuki Yanagita, who scored the highest 36 points in the opening day of the top-notch completion, and powerful Miku Benoki.

Despite putting up a fierce fight in the opening set, Japan found it difficult to match Argentina tactically and technically. Argentina, powered by the two towers, Ayelen Enrique and Aldana Tibaldo, both of them stand 190cm tall, performed superbly in foiling the Japan’s determined challenge. Argentina clinched the close first set 25-23.

The second set became more exciting when both teams chased for points, making Japan and Argentina take turns taking the lead. The Argentines shone through their exceptional spikes to win the grueling set 34-32.

It was the similar script in the third set when Japan put their act together, attempting to reduce their unforced attacking mistakes they made in the previous two sets. However, Argentina were in great form. The well-established team blocked, spiked and served impressively to put it past Japan in the third set 25-21.

Press Conference:

Sol Piccolo, team captain of Argentina : “My team played very well, but Japan was just not at their best.”

Guillermo Caceres, head coach of Argentina : “Japan played a good game against us. They played a tough fight against China on the previous day which saw them play five sets. I think it might cause them fatigue and this could be a reason why Argentina beat Japan in straight sets.”

Miku Benoki, team captain of Japan : “Although the result is not as expected, we will do our best in the following matches.”

Ichiro Hanzawa, head coach of Japan : “I think it’s a tough match for us. Despite the loss, we won’t give up easily. We will try to come up for the new challenge in the next match. We are happy that Thai fans cheered us in every match we play. This can be a big boost for our team.”

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