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Unquestionable victory of Argentina in Thailand

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, August 1, 2013 – Powerful Argentina methodically tore the Algerian defence into pieces to crush the less-ranked rivals in a completely lop-sided battle 25-9 25-10 25-9 in the 17th-20th classification round in the Girls’ U18 World Championship at Liptapanlop Hall on Thursday.

The convincing win handed world No.13 Argentina their first win in the 17th-20th playoffs. In this easy match for the South American side, Sol Piccolo emerged as the top scorer of the team with 13 points including 10 devastating spikes, while Nawel Hammouche led world No.16 Algeria with five points.

Argentina, which performed superbly to stun Asian champions Japan in straight sets in the group round-robin preliminaries, fielded their strong starting line-up which included Camila Hiruela Taipia and Ayelen Enrique to win the first two sets without any trouble 25-9 25-10. Algeria’s points came from the unforced mistakes the much stronger rivals made. In the third set, Argentina rested their best players and instead fielded those from substitutions including Candelaria Herrera Rodriguez to capture the third set 25-9 and the easy match.

Press Conference:

Guillermo Caceres, head coach of Argentina: “We lost in the pool matches and we just tried hard to improve our luck in this classification round. I think my girls performed well in this match. I’m happy with the win.”

Sol Piccolo, team captain of Argentina: “I’m glad that we played well to win this match. It’s just because we loss crucial previous matches in our Pool B and we just try to make amends for the loss.”

Naima Belabbes, assistant coach of Algeria: “I’m not happy with the straight-set loss. We did not play well. My girls made too many mistakes, especially on their reception. Argentina are very strong. I congratulate them on their victory. We next take on Mexico. We will try to do our best.”

Katia Cherik, team player of Algeria: “We tried hard on our first-ball reception but still failed to make good results. I don’t think we concentrated the game well.”

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