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Poglajen showing a great output for Argentina

TIJUANA, Mexico, August 12, 2014 – Argentina and Venezuela established a new combined points’ record in a set at Men’s Pan American Cup, after scoring a total of 68 units in the second one.

The victory was for the Argentinean team in straight sets (25-20, 35-33, and 25-23). The previous mark was of 64 combined points, when Puerto Rico defeated Mexico 33-31 (first set) on June 16 2009 during the Preliminary Round of the Fourth Edition of the Pan American Cup, celebrated in Chiapas, Mexico.

Pablo Koukartsev finished as top scorer of the match with a total of 15 points, while Rodrigo Villalba and Cristian Poglajen scored 11 apiece. Maximiliano Gavina closed with 10, all of them for Argentina.

On the Venezuelan side, captain Kervin Pinerua closed with 14 and Jesus Chourio with 13. Argentina capitalized a 6-2 blocking advantage in 1 hour and 25 minutes of game. Second set lasted 36 minutes.

“The second set was very strong. We played strong, unfortunately we lost it, and we played with the same good rhythm of game, also in the third one, but we could not make it,” stated Pinerua.

“This is the first match we play at the cup and we won. So this is very important for us to keep on getting confidence. We had a 3-0 score but with too many points (in second set) and we have plenty of things to do to improve, however we played well and this is day by day,” Argentinean captain Demian Gonzalez mentioned.

“We couldn’t serve in first set, and could not achieve good blocking situations. The second one we played point by point, with some moments like in the first one. I am not happy for the result, because we can played better and show a better attitude,” said Vincenzo Nacci, coach of Venezuela.

“We must go one game at a time,” indicated Hernan Ferraro, head coach of Argentina. “We have good game volume. That is one of our strong characteristic. The boys play good volleyball. Probably we had some mistakes in the second set and also failed a little in our service and had some complications, but to keep your mind in a very long set it is important and it helps you a lot.”

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