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Good performance of the Argentine girls facing the European Champion, Poland

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 28, 2013 — European powerhouses Poland continued their invincible run in the Girls’ U18 World Championship at the Liptapanlop Hall after registering an epic 3-2 (25-23 23-25 24-26 25-14 15-12) victory over in-form Argentina in their Pool B clash on Sunday. this Monday, at the same time, 8.00 Argentine time, the girls coached by Guillermo Caceres will face their third engagement in the preliminary round in Pool B, Greece.

World No.6 Poland, which led Pool B with five points from two wins against no loss, opened up their explosive attacks right from the beginning of the first set, while Argentina, the surprising 3-0 winners over Asian champions Japan the previous match, counter-attacked well. The tussle ended in a thrilling hard-fought affair 25-23 in favour of Poland.

The second set became more thrilling when Argentina played cool in the hotly-contested battle. After losing 1-7 and 2-9, Sol Piccolo and Camila Hiruela Tapia emerged as smashing machines of Argentina as they uncorked a barrage of powerful attacks. However, Poland held their nerves to strike back bravely. It turned out to be a see-saw battle, but the final assault saw Argentina fare much better to win the close set 25-23.

The similar script was written in the third set when both sides played up to their par to come up with scintillating blocks and thundering cross-court spikes. Camila Hiruela Tapia whistled as a push-up signal to boost her team-mates’ spirit and it worked out pretty well. Whenever Argentina scored a point, she did that again and again. It was like the saying “Catch me if you can” and Argentina continued their brilliance to beat Poland in a tight contest 26-24.

Both teams gave it all-out in the fourth set, but the Argentina’s game was errors-filled. They also produced poor reception which caused them dear. Poland overwhelmed them for the comfortable 25-14 loss.

Holding a 2-2 equalizer, Argentina took the excellent offensive combination of Piccolo’s mighty attacks and solid blockings from Aldana Tibaldo and Yamile Michlig to take the commanding 9-6 lead.

Poland found their touch moments later to score straight six points to surge ahead Argentina 12-9 and continued their winning streak to lead 14-11. The Poles allowed their formidable rivals only one more point before a powerful jump serve from Argentine Camila Hiruela Tapia went wide. Poland captured the heart-pounding set 15-12 and the grueling encounter.

Press Conference:

Grzegorz Kosatka, head coach of Poland: “It was a difficult match. We are in the tough pool. Every team is very strong. I’m quite happy with the result. I’m pleased with the great form my team played.”

Paulina Baldyga, team captain of Poland: “I’m glad that we won this match. It was a very difficult match. I would like to praise Argentina as they played very well. I’m also proud of my team.”

Guillermo Caceres, head coach of Argentina: “Congratulations on Poland’s win. They are European champions. So, to match such a top team like Poland is very difficult. We next take on Greece and we will do our best to beat them.”

Sol Piccolo, team captain of Argentina: “Poland are very strong team and we had to try hard to beat them in the future.”

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