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19 rallies for Federico Pereyra in Japan

Komaki, Japan June 15, 2014 – Argentina completed a sweep of Japan with a four-set (25-21, 25-19, 23-25, 25-17) victory in their World League Pool D match on Sunday afternoon at Komaki Park Arena. After defeating Japan in straight sets on Saturday, the South Americans once again overpowered their opponents with strength and good combination play as they raised their record to 5-3 this season.

Japan did perform better, but had trouble with reception and fell apart after seizing the lead midway through the second set. The loss kept Japan winless at 0-8. Federico Pereyra sparked Argentina with a match-high 19 points, while Lucas Ocampo contributed 13. Kunihiro Shimizu was the top scorer for Japan with 15, while Yu Koshikawa had 13.

Argentina moved out to a 5-4 lead in the opening set following a nice dink by Pereyra. A floating spike by Martin Ramos sent Argentina into the first technical timeout with an 8-6 advantage. Lucas Ocampo drove a spike deep into a corner to make it 10-6 for the South Americans and Japan then called a timeout. A spike by Naoya Shiraiwa took the socre to 11-7. Pereyra's serve into the net moved Japan within two at 14-12. Japan showed much better play at the net in the first set than on Saturday. Argentina was up 16-13 at the second TTO. A service ace by Luciano De Cecco gave Argentina a four-point margin at 18-14 and Japan took a timeout. Koshikawa soared high for a spike and it was 20-15. Yamato Fushimi's spike made it 22-18 and Argentina called a timeout. A service ace by Akihiro Yamauchi pulled Japan within two at 22-20, but Sebastian Sole spiked to put Argentina within two points of the set at 23-20 and Javier Filardi gave Argentina the set with a spike. Filardi had six points in the set.

De Cecco's block at the net staked Argentina to a 5-4 lead in the second set. Pereyra ended a lengthy rally with a spike Japan could not handle to make it 7-6 for Argentina and it was 8-6 for Argentina at the first TTO. A Shimizu spike moved Japan within a point at 9-8 and a service ace by Yamauchi knotted the score at 12-12. Japan had a 16-15 edge at the second TTO but Sole leveled it at 16-16 with a huge spike. Shimizu's reception error gave Argentina back the lead at 17-16 and Argentina then surged ahead. Shiraiwa served into the net and Argentina was two points from the set at 23-19 before Ocampo's nifty return gave Argentina the set at 25-19.

Argentina took an 8-5 lead into the first TTO in the third set. Koshikawa hammered a spike to level at 12-12 and Argentina took a timeout. Another Koshikawa spike put Japan in front 13-12 and a kill by Shimizu took the count to 14-12. A reception error by Argentina saw Japan up 16-12 at the second TTO. An unforced error by the South Americans boosted Japan's lead to 18-12. Ramos blasted a spike down the middle of the Japan defence and Argentina was within three at 21-18. De Cecco could not handle a return and Japan was on top 23-19 before Argentina moved to within two at 23-21 when Japan botched a reception. A fine block at the net by Argentina made it 23-22. Koshikawa's spike gave Japan set point at 24-22 and they pulled a set back when Argentina could not handle a spike.

Pereyra could not handle a return and Japan moved out to a 5-3 lead in the fourth set but Argentina were in front 8-6 at the first TTO. Filardi's service ace made it 9-6 and Ocampo's spike gave Argentina a 10-6 margin. At 14-6 Japan called a timeout, but they were eight points back at the second TTO. Ramos crushed a spike for 23-15, Shimizu served into the net and Argentina had match point at 24-16. Argentina then closed out the match 25-17 on a Filardi spike.

Argentina will travel to play Germany next weekend, while Japan meets France in Kyoto.

Press Conference:

Argentina coach Julio Velasco: Today was a risk for us. We won 3-0 yesterday and did not have any time to train before the early start today. I told the team to start fast and concentrate or else Japan could get going and make it tough for us. We worked as a team today. We relaxed in the third set and they took advantage. We made 11 errors on their 25 points. We did better in the fourth set. They were using tips and slow balls that gave us problems.

Ar gentina captain Javier Filardi: It was a good match. The first set was good. We lost concentration in the third set. We had some service mistakes. We concentrated from beginning to end in the fourth set.

Argentina player Luciano De Cecco: These two matches in Japan were important for us. Japan was a different team today. They played much better. I'm happy we won. Now we will go to Europe to play. We used almost all of our players today. It was good for me as a setter. I found many scoring opportunities, which was good.

Japan coach Masashi Nambu: I advised the team in our pre-match meeting about tactics. I told them sometimes we have to improvise. We need to concentrate on our service reception.

Japan captain Yu Koshikawa : I think we all tried to rely on our mental power today. We still have a lot to work on in terms of technique and tactics. We won one set today, which is a big improvement. From now on, we have to find more mental power. It is not all about results, but finding a way to put together one good play after another for the future.

Japan player Akihiro Yamauchi: I relied more on my mental aspect today than yesterday. I'm not sure that it led to a good result, but this was the difference for me.

(FIVB World League official Website)
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