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03-07-2015

ARGENTINA UPSETS THE HOST TEAM OF CROATIA AT THE WORLD GRAND PRIX DEBUT

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PHOTOS + RESULTS

Porec, Croatia, July 3, 2015 – Argentina triumphed victorious in the second match of the first day in the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2015 Group 2 tournament in Porec. The South American squad upset the home favourites from Croatia by 3-1 (25-19, 26-24, 15-25, 25-16) to gain their first three points in this season’s campaign. Both teams were quite prolific from the serving line with a total of 18 aces between them. Argentina’s Leticia Boscacci was the most prolific scorer among the individual players with 20 points on her tally, followed closely by Croatia’s Samanta Fabris with 19.

Excessive reception errors did not allow the Croatians to hold on to the lead they had during the first half of the first set. Argentina took advantage to take control at 15-14 before breaking further away in the score. Two aces in a row placed the South Americans at set point and they converted it immediately for 25-19 in he first set. Argentina maintained a lead through most of the second set and looked ready to make it 2-0 with the three-point advantage they had at 23-20. The home side, however, did not surrender just yet and drew level at 24-24. After the time-out called by Guillermo Orduna, the visiting side regrouped, earned another set point and converted it brilliantly with an ace by Paula Yamila Nizetich for 26-24.

The Argentineans seemed to have relaxed a bit too soon as they were not at all competitive to the aggressive home team after 4-4 in set three. The Croatians hammered on to open up a huge gap and Bernarda Cutuk’s successful block closed the set at a landslide 25-15 Croatia’s way. At this moment Argentina woke up again and reacted swiftly in the next set, breaking away in the score and cruising to a 25-16 victory with Leticia Boscacci signing under the last two points of her team.

Press Conference:

Angelo Vercesi, Croatia's head coach: ”Our line-up changed somewhat after the European Games and we need some time to adapt. Today we played for the first time with a new libero and she did a good job. Nevertheless, as a team we are still not on the level that satisfies me. It will be better as the time goes by.”


Senna Usic Jogunica, Croatia's captain: ”The first match on home ground is always difficult. We have to adapt to the new libero and additionally our reception was not on a very high level today. We made lot of mistakes, so we have to learn from matches like this with Argentina.”


Guillermo Orduna, Argentina's head coach: “We lost to Croatia by 1-3 at the World Championship last year. That match was very tight so I am not surprised at all with our victory today. Furthermore, I expect an even better game tomorrow, particularly in tactical way.”


Paula Yamila Nizetich, Argentina's captain:”My last name is Croatian, as my great grandfather come to Argentina from Croatia, but I cannot speak Croatian. Frankly, I expected somewhat more of a close match with the home team. We were serving well, so Croatia had big troubles with the reception.”

Head-to-Head

• Argentina and Croatia have never clashed before in the World Grand Prix.

• At the 2014 World Championships, Croatia won 3-1 against Argentina in the first round group stage.

• Argentina have won only one of their 15 World Grand Prix matches against CEV countries and are winless in their last seven since a 3-2 win over Germany on 3 August 2013.

• This will be Croatia’s first World Grand Prix match against a CSV nation.

Argentina

• Argentina will make their fifth World Grand Prix appearance. They have not missed an edition since their debut in 2011.

• Argentina won as many matches last World Grand Prix season (4) as they did in their first three campaigns combined.

• Argentina have won their last three World Grand Prix matches, their longest run ever in the competition.

Croatia

• Last year, Croatia made their World Grand Prix debut, finishing in third place in the Intercontinental Round (W4-L2). They finished third overall in Group 3 after beating Kazakhstan 3-0 in the third-place match.

• Croatia have won five of their eight World Grand Prix matches, including three in straight sets.

• Croatia are yet to win a five-setter in the World Grand Prix (L1).

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