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Betim, Brazil, October 20, 2013 - UPCN San Juan Vóley, the Argentine representative at the FIVB World Championship 2013 held at the Brazilian city of Betim won the fourth place after being defeated by Trentino Diatec, Italy by 1-3 in the match that gave the winner the Bronze Medal. The Italian team that got revenge of the historical UPCN victory in the preliminary round, won 25-22, 22-25, 25-21, 25-19. UPCN did a great job at this competition at their first World experience standing among the best four teams of the World, an historical path for San Juan Volleyball.

UPCN had a great start on the first set and reached the first TTO 8-6. Garrocq showed why he is one of the best diggers of this World Championship and Gonzalez felt more confidence to give the ball with different combinations. After San Juan leading 12-8, the Italian coach asked for a TO and thereafter slowly they started to grow to level 15-15 and lead 21-20. San Juan reached them but the Italian team had its first set ball 24-22.

On the second set, the fight was ball-by-ball with bide of both teams showing their best blocking and doing their utmost. Ramos on one side of the net and Sokolov and Lanza on the other shone but the triple Italian blocking was a headache for Argentina's team but they found the way to stop it winning the second set and putting the series 1-1.

On the third set, Italy got the leadership very quickly with UPCN very near behind until the 13-14 that became very son 15-19. UPCN recovered once more to put the score 21-22 but the effort was not enough and Trentino won again, this time 25-21.

On the fourth set the South American Champion got the lead 7-4 when a series of problems receiving gave Trentino the chance to level 10-10 and then, it was Trentino that had the lead with good digging and reception to reach a good 20-16 thinking on closing the set and the match. San Juan could not find the way to level and their first World Clubs Championship experience finished putting them in the fourth ranked place and their history will say that they finished among the best four teams of the World in Brazil showing an outstanding level.

(Photos from UPCN)