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Ankara, Turkey, August 26, 2013 — Before their match against Estonia, Argentina were sure to finish second in Pool B of the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship in Ankara. However, they approached the game with a fair-play attitude and did not allow the European team to win the so desired two sets to make it to the Round of 16. Instead, Mexico took advantage of Argentina’s 3-1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-17, 25-22) victory to keep their fourth position in the final ranking. On Wednesday, the South American side will face China, while Mexico will have a tough job against hosts Turkey.

Pablo Koukartsev topped the scorers’ chart of the match with 23 points for Argentina. Renee Teppan was Estonia’s most prolific player with 14.

Argentina played well in the first set to take charge on the court. They took advantage of Estonia’s unforced errors to win it by 25-19. Facing the dilemma ‘now or never”, the European team stepped up their performance in the second set to open up a wide gap in the score. The South Americans fought back to tie at 22-22, but the following three rallies went Estonia’s way for the final 25-22. Argentina had no intention of stepping back and after 25-17 in set three took the lead again. The two teams engaged in a crucial battle in the fourth set. Fabian Muraco’s boys controlled the scoreboard, but the team around Urmas Tali had no choice, but to fight to the last breath. The Estonians managed to follow their opponents closely behind in the score, but could not pull it all the way through to win another set. After 25-22, Argentina could celebrate the victory, while sad Estonia had to start packing for their flight to Izmir.

Naturally the Estonians are sad about losing to Argentina by 1-3 in their last Pool B match and failing to make it to the Round of 16 at the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship in Ankara, but appreciate the experience they are gaining by participating at this level. These are the statements of coaches and captains after the game.

Press Conference:

Tali Urmas, coach of Estonia: “It was a very important match for us and it is the second time when we have the same situation. We wait for the mistakes of our opponents and we do not concentrate well on our own play. This happened against Mexico and today again against Argentina. Of course, all pool matches were a good experience for us, we have never played before with such teams as Iran, so it allowed us to move to the next level. Of course, we wanted to be in the next round, but after the same losses to Mexico and Argentina we will just do our best in Izmir.”

Ronald Jarv, captain: “We believe it was our best game in the tournament so far. Maybe we just lacked the confidence in the end of the sets. We are very sad that we could not win today and it was our last game in the pool. But still we have places to play for and as we have not participated in any premier tournament before, participation in such a championship is a great experience for us.”

Fabian Muraco, coach of Argentina: “We played very well in this match. We were fully concentrated on the match and as a result we managed to win. We are going to play against China in the Round of 16. We will prepare well for this match and will do our best.”

Fernando Arpajou, captain of Argentina: “It was a hard match. We were on the lucky side. The next match is very important for us. We are looking forward to it.”

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