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Rome, Italy, September 23, 2014 - Time arrived for the Women's World Championship to start all over Italy after the shadows of the Men's still sound in Polish air. Argentina's Las Panteras will play its first match in Pool A v Croatia, with the team coached by Guillermo Orduna returns to the premier FIVB World competition after playing last in Germany 2002. The match that will take place opening the competition at Palalottomatica Stadium will be live broadcast as all Argentine matches by DeporTV

The engagement will be great as it will not only be the first match of Pool A but at the same time, 10.30 Italian time - the highest competition for Women's Teams will be opened in four cities. At the Sheraton Golf Hotel, where the Argentine team is hosted the Press Conference with the six coaches took place this Monday.

Our countdown clock shows less than 11 hours before the first matches start tomorrow writes the FIVB. Therefore time to take a look at the competition format. Round I comprises of four poolsof six teams each in the cities of Rome, Trieste, Veronaand Bari. The top four teams of each Round I pool qualify to Round II, carrying over the results of the matches against the teams that qualify with them. The last two teams of each Round I pool return home at the end of this week. Round III comprises of two pools of eight teams each. Rome gets exchanged for Modena, but the other three host cities remain. The top three teams of Round II continue to Round III (in Milan), to form two more pools of three teams each. No results are carried over from Round II to Round III. A draw of lots will determine the pool composition in Round III. The top two teams in each pool of Round III play cross-wise semi-finals; the winners advance to the final, the losers play for bronze. All semi-finals and finals are to be held in Milan.

The six head coaches for teams competing in Pool A of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship 2014 voiced their thoughts on the eve of their matches starting in Rome.

Each coach feels honored that their teams have advanced to the first round of the 24-team event, but also understands that quality results are a must to move on to the second round.

GUILLERMO ORDUNA (ARGENTINA) - “This city and this round are very important for Argentina. To us is a very heart-felt World Championship and we want to congratulate to whom, like us, is involved in the competition.”

ANGELO VERCESI (CROATIA) - “This World Championship is for us a good occasion to give a new essence to our country’s volleyball. We will think step by step, I don’t know where we will arrive, but I hope to stay in the game as longer as possible.”

MARCOS KWIEK (DOMINICAN REPUBLIC) - “First of all, I want to say good luck to everyone. Our group is a balanced one and we’ll do our best to feel like we always play a final match. We will fight day to day.”

GIOVANNI GUIDETTI (GERMANY) - “We arrive to the World Championship in a good physical condition. Our team is a very strong one and this status is not easy to reach. The start of this adventure is very positive, and the organization is excellent at the moment.”

MOHAMED MESSELMANI (TUNISIA) - “Being here is an honor for Tunisia. We haven’t taken part to the World Championship since 1986 and now we are here with this great teams to fight for a very important objective, it’s a great chance and I hope we can achieve good results.”

MARCO BONITTA (ITALY) -“We worked so hard to reach the top of our physical condition, we want to arrive at the end of the competition. I want to wish good luck to all the teams enjoying this FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship edition.”

Argentine Fixture Pool A - first round:

Tue - 5.30 Argentine time v Croatia

Wed - 12.00 v Germany

Thu - 15.00 v Italy

Sat - 12.00 v Dominican Rep.

Sun - 5.30 v Tunisia


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