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02-06-2014

FIVB WORLD LEAGUE 2WKN: ARGENTINA 2 - ALEMANIA 3 IN SALTA

Salta, Argentina, June 2, 2014 - After trailing by 2-0, Germany achieved a remarkable comeback against Argentina and earned a 3-2 win (20-25, 20-25, 25-20, 25-16, 15-13) at the final game of FIVB World League 2nd weekend. Local star Facundo Conte topped the scores once again, this time with 21 tallies, followed by Martín Ramos who added 14. Germany combined Christian Fromm and Denys Kaliberda, both nailing 16 points, while middle-blocker Michael Andrei chipped in with 14.

The home side opened the game in a very convincing fashion, leading to 5-2 and 8-4 with an astonishing Conte, Ramos adding blocks and setter Luciano De Cecco working defensively. Germany chose Fromm as the weapon to climb back, but he crashed against a superb block by captain Javier Filardiat 13-8. De Cecco performed a new one-hand defence and Conte successfully spiked to carry Argentina to 16-11, and the final track was downhill for the host team. NicolásUriarte entered the court and made some heavy damage from the service line (21-15) and Federico Pereyra, also as substitute player, completed the task to 25-20.

With a block from Michael Andrei, Germany grabbed a small 7-5 lead in the second set, but Conte proved to be stronger than the German hands and leveled the game at 9-9. Both teams spiked his way from there on, using the sides of the net to score to 14-14, and then Germany regained the lead just before the timeout (16-14). It didn’t last long, because De Cecco fired an ace and Conte contributed with a counterattack at 17-16. Argentina’s key player also blocked (21-19) and his side sprinted to the end, smashed by Porporatto at 25-20.

Philipp Collin helped Germany to move forward in the third chapter (6-5), Fromm moved to the opposite position and Dirk Westphaljoined the scoring list at 8-7. Filardi unveiled an ace to equal the scores at 11-11, but Germany answered the same way and Westphal reappeared to give his side a three-point margin at the second TTO. The gap remained to 19-16 and Kaliberda blocked to stretch it at 20-16. Argentina was unable to bounce back and the set went for the visiting side, by 25-20.

Aiming for the tie-break, Germany relied on Fromm to a 7-3 advantage and was able to hold it to 12-8, seizing a lower display from the home team. Conte still performed as the main scorer for Argentina, but Fromm did the same and Germany enjoyed a 16-11 lead with relative comfort. The South Americans lost their focus and the distance widened to 18-11, allowing Germany to cruise to the finish line. Collin unfolded a great block, a local serve went long and the next Argentine attack also missed court for the 25-16.

A counterattack by Conte brought the local crowd back to life at 5-3 and the lead enhanced to 8-4 with two German errors in a row, after a couple of strong serves from Conte. A good set from De Cecco enabled Porporatto to score the 10-6, but Germany applied some pressure with firm blocks and improving on the attack to tie at 12-12. Later on, Fromm unleashed two outstanding serves and made it easier for Collin to block the definitive 15-13.


Press Conference:

Denys Kaliberda, Germany captain: "This was a bit of a test for us. In the end, we were lucky to win, but we never stopped struggling and we improved from doing two bad sets in the beginning. We played three good sets and we're happy about the way we could recover."


Javier Filardi, Argentina captain: "The team played in a consistent way today, and we showed some good spirit. A victory would have been nice, but I'd rather underline the attitude and the way everyone contributed to the team when they had to enter. I think the image of the team was a good one."

Vital Heynen, Germany coach: "The game today had two sides. We started playing better when we were two sets behind, and on the other side Argentina dropped a little when they couldn't close their lead. Also in the tie-break we were behind and, as the captain said, we were lucky to find a serve point in the end, 5 centimetres from the line. But of course, I'm happy in the end for this victory."

Julio Velasco, Argentina coach: "I agree that the game had two faces. In the first part we were able to have a good side-out, but later on they changed their serve, lowered their errors rate and the things changed. Maybe it was our fault or their credit, but I'm very happy with the way the team kept playing when the rival was doing better. We never gave up."

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

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