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Vargas and Rodríguez fighting on the net

Carolina, Puerto Rico, July 26, 2014 — Argentina "Las Panteras" picked up their first win at the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix in Pool K of the Intercontinental Round as they beat Cuba in four sets 3-1 (25-18, 23-25, 25-23, 25-12) on Saturday at the Guillermo Angulo Coliseum.

Key Points

· Cuba and Argentina have met each other three times in the World Grand Prix. Cuba won twice, Argentina once.

· The two wins by Cuba were the most recent encounters in the WGP. Cuba won both matches in straight sets.

· Cuba has played 29 times against an opponent from South America in the World Grand Prix. They have lost 19 times, including the last three encounters.

The Argentina squad control the first set, with quick and effective service-led offensive combinations by setter, Yael Castiglione.

For the second set, the ‘Morenas del Caribe' raised their game to win the episode.

Lucia Fresco (17 points) and Elina Rodríguez (19 points) undertook to carry their team's offense to achieve the first victory in 2014 World Grand Prix.

The South American closed the match with a wide domain of their attackers, maintaining control in their service and block.

Argentina closes its Pool K action facing the Netherlands this Sunday.

Press Conference:

Argentina setter, Yael Castiglione considers that her teammates worked fine the game system “I always expect the best from my team, we raised our game after the second set and got the win. I’m very happy to achieve the first victory”.

Guillermo Orduna - Argentina head coach:“We managed to set up our tactical play, our attackers responded at crucial moments. Also the team maintains the consistency in our service and block during all the match”.

Juan Carlos Gala - Cuba head coach: “After winning the second set, did not withstand the pressure and they could not run our game plan. They failed to work under game pressure”.

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