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08-06-2014

FIVB WORLD LEAGUE THIRD VICTORY FOR ARGENTINA OVER JAPAN

Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 8, 2014 - In one of their best outputs so far, Argentina cruised past Japan in Lomas de Zamora 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-15) and earned their third World League win, just before their world trip with six away matches in a row starting in Japan and then moving to Europe to Germany and France. The home side mixed the efforts from Facundo Conte, who topped the charts with 17 kills, Lucas Ocampo and Pablo Bengolea, who respectively added 12 and 10 points. Kunihiro Shimizu uncorked 16 tallies for a Japanese side that remains winless in the competition.

Argentina began the game with Conte back to his original wing-spiker role, while Bengolea performed as opposite. And it was Bengolea the key for the home team to tie the game at 11-11 after a good Japanese start. Both teams exchanged spikes, until an amazing shot by Facundo Conte gave Argentina a slim advantage at 16-15. Japan lost some focus and Argentina advanced to 19-16, but a while later the Asians used some smart serves to level the game at 21-21. However, Nicolás Uriarte nailed a serve on the backline at 24-22 and Martín Ramos blocked the next ball to finish the set.

In another close start, Conte smashed a free ball after a serve from Ramos 4-3, but Shimizu answered and Japan arrived ahead to the 1st TTO by just one point. When the game restarted, Uriarte delivered another ace to restore the lead for their side at 10-8, and Bengolea and Conte added three blocks en-route to a 16-14 score. This time the break was positive for Japan, as Shimizu led the team to a 6-0 sprint to change the plot of the game 20-16. However, Gustavo Porporatto renewed the home team and fellow middle-blocker Ramos chained two blocks at 24-23, allowing Conte, later on, to close the set by 26-24.

For the first time on the entire weekend, Argentina built a four-point opening lead at the third chapter, by 8-4 combining efforts from Conte and Ocampo. Uriarte landed a ball on Japanese court and Argentina escaped to 11-5, showing their best shape of the entire weekend. Ramos contributed on the attack and Uriarte shone with a one-handed back set for Conte at 16-9. Ocampo teamed up with Conte as Argentina piled up spike after spike 22-13, Uriarte set for Ramos down in one knee at 24-14 and, in the second chance, Ocampo fired a back-row spike at 25-15.


Press Conference:

Argentina are slightly rebuilding its confidence with their continuous improvement in the FIVB Volleyball World League after their straight sets victory over Japan in the Argentine capital on Sunday.

Japan captain Yu Koshikawa: "It was also a close game today, so we are disappointed for this loss. We had many issues that we need to correct and that's our goal for the next matches."

Argentina player Nicolás Uriarte: "In the early moments of the game it was a bit difficult for us, maybe in the end it might look like it was a clear win, but this match was very much levelled. We are very happy about the win but mainly on having played much better than the way we did in previous matches."

Japan coach Masashi Nambu: "I agree with our captain about the match being close today. It's a tough loss, but in the end Argentina was the better team than us. That's what it is. For the next games we aim to improve and get a win in Japan."

Argentina coach Julio Velasco: "We improved from Friday and during the game we corrected some serving errors. I think we improved greatly on the attack as the game went on and that's why the third set gap was very wide. Our only regret is that Federico Pereyra and Pablo Bengolea ended the game with minor injuries and we need to evaluate their situation for the upcoming trip."

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

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