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Argentina blocking Serbia spike

Wuhan, China, August 17, 2013 – Serbia proved their probabilities for a FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Finals position, clinching a 3-0 (25-12, 25-20, 25-14) victory over Argentina in its second pool N match, in week three of the 2013 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix. Argentina will play its last match of the third weeekend of the preliminary round tomorrow Sunday at 5.00 Argentine time v Poland.

The first set starts with Serbia's quick spikes and blocks. As a result, Argentina couldn't cope with the pace of Serbia. Serbia led by five points at the first technical timeout. After the first technical timeout, Jovana Brakocevic's powerful spikes and blocks made the points at 3-10, which made Argentina ask for substitution. However, Serbia put the first set quickly into the second technical timeout via effective spikes and getting points by serving by Jovana Brakocevic. Despite Argentina’s persistent struggle, Serbia ended the first set by 25-12.

In the opening of the second set, both Serbia’s strong spikes, powerful blocks and Argentina’s unforced errors made Serbia lead by three points at 3-0. Argentina later on strengthened their attacks and led by 7-5. After the first technical timeout, Argentina’s strong spike tie the match at 8-8. Argentina’s persistent attacks and Serbia’s strong attacks also tie the match at 13-13. The second technical timeout came, and Serbia led by two points at 16-14. In the end, Serbia won the second bet by 25-20.

The third bet Serbia followed their passion, enthusiasm as the last two and finished the game at 25-14, thus winning the second match in Wuhan.

Press Conference:

Serbia captain Maja Ognjenovic "From the very beginning, we knew it was very important for us to play stronger and better in today's match so that we can have entry into Japan's finals."

Serbia head coach Terzic Zoran "I would like to congratulate my team for all tournaments. After Poland, I thought we might not have enough motivation but today's performance proved that my worries were over-concerned.”

Argentina captain Paula Yamila Nizetich "First of all, we should send our wishes to Serbia. I think Argentina today played very well."

Argentina head coach Orduna Guillermo "Tonight we didn't play well and Serbia played very well in terms of blocks and attacking. We send our congratulations to them first of all. Argentina must work harder and I have confidence in Argentina."

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