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Wroclaw, Poland, August 31, 2014 — Following a close first set, Argentina cruised past Venezuela in straight sets (25-23, 25-17, 25-19) in a match of Pool A of the FIVB Men’s World Championship at Centennial Hall in Wroclaw. Argentina held a 7-2 margin in service winners with Facundo Conte and Sebastian Sole each contributing two aces. The winners outblocked their opponents 4-1. Conte led Argentina with 15 points while Jose Luis Gonzalez added 11. Venezuela’s Kevin Pinerua finished with a match-high 17 points in the loss.

Key points

• Argentina have won 42 and lost 39 World Championship matches

• Argentina have won their last three matches at the World Championship

• Venezuela have lost their last four WCH matches against teams from the Americas

The all-South American clash was level at the start, as neither Argentina nor Venezuela could take a clear lead. Following an effective spike, Argentina took a two-point lead (8-6) at the first technical time out. That forced Venezuela coach Vincenzo Nacci to make a first change to his team and Martinez Montoya entered the court. It clearly energised his team, as they came back to lead (12-11). Captain Kervin Pineura was the standout player for Venezuela as he was successively blocking and spiking, but two strong spikes and an ace by Facundo Conte forced Argentina’s win (25-23).

In the second set, Argentina immediately took a three-point lead (3-0). Venezuela pulled themselves back into the set partly due to good attack and serving aces by Jesus Danian Chourio Pirela. Still, Argentina stayed ahead with Conte on top form and kills from Sebastian Sole and Jose Luis Gonzales. Their triple block was hurting Venezuela as they trailed by seven points (19-12). Julio Velasco’s team were carefully using their opponents’ errors and they managed to win 25-17 due to Maximo Antonio Montoya Martinez’s poor serving.

Following the break between sets, Venezuela came back onto a court as a different team. They were competing with Argentina just as the did in the opening set. However, Velasco’s team did not let them get near their points tally. With Argentina leading 10-7, Rodrigo Quiroga entered the court and very quickly, Argentina had extended their lead to 21-15. Pinerua and his team struggled to contain Argentina, who were starting to hit top form. They won the last set 25-19 following a great spike from Gonzalez.

Press Conference:

Julio Velasco, Coach of Argentina:“If we don’t make so many errors in the next matches, we will go far on this championship. For sure, we need to improve our serves. To me, one of the candidates for winning the championship is Russia. We surely shouldn’t forget about Brasil, USA or Italy, however they lost today with Iran. I think that for Poland it would be very important to gain a medal because they play in their own country. They were under a big pressure but they managed to beat Serbia really easily. We are very happy because of this victory. The most important thing is that we have three points at the beginning of this event. The first and the second sets were quite difficult for us. We made some mistakes because we have very young players in our team and they were a bit stressed. They were getting more confidence during the match and played better and better. For sure, we need to improve our serves.”

Javier Filardi, Captain of Argentina:“First match is always the most difficult because you are very stressed and full of doubts. I hope that we will show volleyball on this level in next matches.”

Vincenzo Nacci, Coach of Venezuela: “Our first set was quite good, just like the second one but I regret the last set. We completely lost our faith and we have to work to improve our attack. I can’t say much about the match between Poland and Serbia because I didn’t watch it — I was thinking about meeting with Argentina. I know that Poland had a very good serve and Serbia had problems with block so they certainly have to improve this element. I want to add that my team is also very young and this is the opportunity for them to show what they can do.”

Kervin Pinerua, Captain of Venezuela:“I would like to congratulate Argentina for the victory. It wasn’t the best beginning for us. The first set was nearly perfect because we almost won it. I think that we should improve some things in our game, like block. Hopefully we will perform better in the next matches.”