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31-05-2014

FIVB WORLD LEAGUE 2014: ARGENTINA OVERCOMES GERMANY 3-0

Salta, Argentina, May 31, 2014 - In the ninth World League match against Germany, Argentina finally achieved a victory, as the light-blue and white team also celebrated their first win in 2014 edition, by 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-21) in front of over 6,000 fans in Salta. Facundo Conte uncorked 17 points in an amazing display, placing atop of the scorers’ list. Teammates Rodrigo Quiroga and Maximiliano Gauna followed him with 11 and 10 points apiece, while Dirk Westphal turned out to be Germany’s most prolific scorer, with 11 tallies.

Spurred by a noisy crowd in Salta, Argentina took the first lead through Conte (4-2), but Germany quickly answered and the match became leveled. The first TTO arrived with the Germans ahead by one, mainly by home errors, but captain Javier Filardi nailed two spikes in a row to push his side to 14-12. Nicolás Uriarte teamed up with Quiroga and the wing-spiker enhanced to 16-13, creating a gap that remained to 20-17 after a strong serve by Conte. Argentina stayed in front and Conte spiked the 25-22.

Denys Kaliberda, Germany captain: "We were very close in every set, but we really couldn't perform as well as Argentina. Now we just plan to do better tomorrow and try to go back to Europe with a win."

Javier Filardi, Argentina captain: "This is a very important result for us, to keep improving and gain confidence. The team deserved this win due to all our efforts, and I'm very happy for all of us."

Vital Heynen, Germany coach: "What our captain says is completely true, and he's new in that role. We were very close, but Argentina played better in all key moments of the game. I want to congratulate not only the home team but also coach Velasco for the victory."

Julio Velasco, Argentina coach: "I want to underline the work of our captain Javier Filardi, as his experience is very important in a team made of youngsters. We played very well, we corrected many things and were able to play as a team, being coordinated in both blocking and defence, which allowed us to regain confidence. I hope tomorrow we can keep adjusting things to continue growing."

Gauna performed well for another good start of the light-blue and white team (5-2), and Gustavo Porporatto joined him with a block at 7-3. Germany improved on the attack, but both Quiroga and Filardi remained unstoppable as Argentina advanced to 11-5. Even though Germany added a few blocks and Simon Hirsch appeared, the South Americans moved to 14-10 and 16-12 scores. The Europeans stroke again, placing at range with a single block over Conte (18-17) and leveling the game at 22-22, with blocks from Kühner and Collin, but Argentina relied on Quiroga and Conte to seal the set by 25-23.

Germany tried to find their spirit in the third set, but just managed to lead by one (8-7). Argentina, despite a high rate of serving errors, found in Conte and Quiroga the ways to make some damage, and the home squad bounced back to 15-12 after an ace from the latter. Conte hammered a counterspike and Uriarte added a block to carry the team towards an 18-13. Confirming himself as the man of the match, Conte combined sharp spikes and soft touches (21-17), then scored the 24-21 and Gauna blocked for the 25-21.

Estadio Delmi will welcome both teams again on Sunday at 22:00 (local time), wrapping up Pool D action in Salta.

Press Conference:

Denys Kaliberda, Germany captain: "We were very close in every set, but we really couldn't perform as well as Argentina. Now we just plan to do better tomorrow and try to go back to Europe with a win."

Javier Filardi, Argentina captain: "This is a very important result for us, to keep improving and gain confidence. The team deserved this win due to all our efforts, and I'm very happy for all of us."

Vital Heynen, Germany coach: "What our captain says is completely true, and he's new in that role. We were very close, but Argentina played better in all key moments of the game. I want to congratulate not only the home team but also coach Velasco for the victory."

Julio Velasco, Argentina coach: "I want to underline the work of our captain Javier Filardi, as his experience is very important in a team made of youngsters. We played very well, we corrected many things and were able to play as a team, being coordinated in both blocking and defence, which allowed us to regain confidence. I hope tomorrow we can keep adjusting things to continue growing."

(FIVB World League 2014 Official Website)
(FeVA Photos)

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