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13-09-2014

ARGENTINA OVERCAME ITALY AT WORLD CHAMP 3-1

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Bydgoszcz, Poland, September 13, 2014 – After two unfortunate losses against France and Iran, Argentina got a scoring boost from outside hitter Facundo Conte in their 3-1 (17-25, 25-21, 30-28, 25-21) victory over Italy in Pool E of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship at the Luczniczka Hall on Saturday. This Sunday Argentina will face in its last match, the title holder USA at 11.30 Argentine time live by Fox Sport.

Key Points:

• Argentine Conte scored 20 points in the four-setter, topping all scorers with impressive numbers – 12 attacks, two blocks and six aces.

• Italian Giulio Sabbi, who came off the bench in the second and third sets, got his numbers right to start in the fourth set had 15 points in a losing effort

• Argentina’s service marvelled the Italian defenders with 11-5 aces.

• Rodrigo Quiroga worked the Argentine defence, with 13 excellent receptions.

Argentina and Italy had a tight scoring contest in the beginning of the first set that continued until the first technical timeout in favour or Argentina 8-7. Italian setter Dragan Travica had some powerful stints at the service line that hindered the Argentines to set-up proper offence, that shifted the lead to their side 16-12. Italy dominated Argentina on the attack led by Simone Parodi and Filippo Lanza. Even setter Travica got involved in the offence and pushed the Italians to secure the first set 25-17.

Argentina did not hold back and started the second set with a fierce take on their offence, with Conte and Luciano De Cecco unleashing excellent serves to lead 5-1. The Italians got their rhythm back and started to push hard. The Italian comeback did not trickle the Argentine determination as the latter kept their lead. Conte scored two more aces that prompted Italy coach Mauro Berruto to call for a timeout at 14-8. Italy only managed to score on some blocks and attacks but Argentina played tougher and levelled the match at 1-1 with a 25-21 win in the second set.

In the third set, both teams played excellent defence that resulted to a close contest with an 8-7 lead for Argentina. Argentina managed to gain better advantage with a 6-1 run for a 14-8 score, as Conte led again their offence that left the Italians with a defensive meltdown. Italy somehow managed to recover and tied the score at 17-all. A series of rallies occurred to the delighted the crowd until the final rallies favoured Argentina 30-28.

Press Conference:

Argentina coach Julio Velasco: “In our previous matches in the first round, we were able to win against Venezuela, Cameroon and Australia, and then we lost to Serbia and Poland. In the second round, we were not able to play at a high level and lost two matches. This time, my team improved on service and more successful on attack. We have finally won and it makes me happy because Italy is one of the best teams in the world. Tomorrow we will play against USA and it will be a tough match for us. I hope after this weekend, we will be able to say it wasn’t such a bad stint for our team.”

Argentina captain Javier Filardi: “I think my team really needed this victory after so many losses. We did not deserve to lose all matches in this phase of the tournament. We had a hard match. And the fact that we defeated the Italian team makes me even more happy.”

Italy coach Mauro Berruto: “We had a big chance to win but we lost it in the third set, when we did not manage to defend four Argentine aces.”

Italy captain Emanuele Birarelli: “I think we had a great chance to win but in the third set at 24-22, we did not manage to finish it. It’s hard to explain why we did not take this opportunity. I think we lost our confidence and skills. We did not win despite our great efforts.”

Bydgoszcz Pool E matches for Argentina

Wed - 11.30 v France 1-3 (Info)

Thu - 11.30 v Iran 0-3 (Info)

Sat - 11.30 v Italy 3-1 (Info)

Sun - 11.30 v USA

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