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Argentina finished 7th in Turkey

Ankara, Turkey, September 1, 2013 — Argentina finished the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship in Turkey in seventh place. They came from two sets behind to hammer out a 3-2 (22-25, 23-25, 26-24, 25-19, 15-7) victory over India to leave their opponents in the eighth position. Later on the day, Russia overcame in straight sets quite easily Brazil to become the 2014 Champion.

Indian spikers Kumar Sohan and Anup D’Costa led India to a 25-22 win in the first set with the latter hitting for the last point. Both teams stepped up their blocking efforts to provide for a more competitive second set, but the Asian team was once again able to stay on top — 25-23. Between sets two and three coach Fabian Muraco made several substitutions that proved successful. Despite making too many errors in the third set, the South Americans emerged victorious by 26-24 to stay alive in the match. Improving both their blocking and serving performance, Argentina broke away in the fourth set to close it at 25-19. They established their total superiority in the tie-breaker to win it by 15-7 and achieve a complete turnaround for the final 3-2 in the match.

Gonzalo Quiroga excelled with 21 points to become the best score of this classification match. Anup D’Costa was India’s most prolific player with 15 points.

As Argentina defeated India by 3-2 in the classification match for the seventh place at the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship in Ankara, their coach and captain stressed on the importance of having substitute player who can turn matches around. These are the post-game statements of the two teams’ coaches and captains.

T.C. Jothish, coach of India: “It was a difficult match. In the start of the match we were, better but after the second set we lost our luck. We have become eighth in the championship and it is still a good result.”

Lavmeet Katariya, captain of India: “We had bad luck today. We have made all types of possible mistakes. Our play was not good today and our temper was not good either.”

Fabian Muraco, coach of Argentina: “We did not start the match well and India went up by 2-0. Some of my players were very tired physically and mentally. I replaced them and we started to play better. This is a team game. I am so happy that all of my players made their contribution to this win.”

Fernando Arpajou, captain of Argentina: “I want to say that I am so happy in the name of my friends who entered the match as substitutions and were very successful. We managed a great turnaround as a team. We are happy for winning this match.”

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