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05-07-2015

ARGENTINA WAS OVERCOME BY THE CZECHS AT THE WORLD GRAND PRIX

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PHOTOS + RESULTS + MATCH

Porec, Croatia, July 5, 2015 – The Czech Republic claimed their second victory in the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2015 Group 2 tournament in Porec. On Sunday afternoon Carlo Parisi’s team defeated Argentina by 3-1 (25-23, 25-20, 23-25, 25-19. The Czechs hammered out 10 aces in this match; half of them were authored by Michaela Mlejnkova. She topped the scorers’ chart of the game with a total of 20 points. Argentina’s Leticia Boscacci fell one short to finish with 19. Now Argentina returns to the country to host in Formosa the second weekend of the World Grand Prix Preliminary Round.

The three aces that the Czech Republic scored certainly made a difference in the very competitive first set, when Argentina had the edge through the most part. Tereza Vanzurova was responsible for two of them as well as for that final successful spike that closed the set at 25-23. The South Americans took a comfortable 16-9 advantage in the second set. But coming back from the technical time-out, the Czechs achieved a fantastic 9-point run to take the lead. This turn of events inspired the European team to cruise to a swift 25-20 to win the set, continuing their good performance in serving and blocking.

After the third rally of the third set Argentina took the lead and never let it go. The Czech Republic tries to stay close behind and even saved the first two of three consecutive set points for the opponent, but finally Florencia Natasha Busquets Reyes’s blockout converted the third one to a 25-23 win.

Argentina managed to stay competitive through 16-16 in the fourth set. The Czechs started building momentum with three consecutive points and the opponents pretty much gave up. Veronika Trnkova scored for the last point and the European side ended the set at 25-19 and the match at 3-1.

Press Conference:

Carlo Parisi, head coach of Czech Republic: ”Our approach to the game was too soft in the first two sets. There was no aggression in our game, but I managed to wake my team up on time. We took advantage of Argentina's mistakes, but the match was very tight.”

Michaela Mlejnkova, player of Czech Republic: ”We could not find our rhythm in the start of the first two sets, but we managed to close the gap somehow. Overall, I am very satisfied with our game at this tournament. We are now better than before.”

Guillermo Orduna, head coach of Argentina: ”We played a good match, but we did not win because of the mistakes in decisive moments. My players made some bad decisions in crucial rallies. Nevertheless, we played on a high level at this tournament.”

Leticia Boscacci, player of Argentina: ”It was OK. I am not disappointed although we were making mistakes in the closing points of each set. Reception was our main problem in this match. I am happy because we played well in Croatia and now we are going home to Formosa.”

Head-to-Head:

. Argentine hoping to get back to winning ways against the Czechs with both teams 1-1 from their opening two matches, there will be plenty to fight for this Pool J clash.
· Czech Republic and Argentina have clashed once before in the World Grand Prix. In 2013, the Czechs beat Argentina 3-1 in the Intercontinental Round.
· Czech Republic have never met another CSV country in World Grand Prix history.
· Argentina have won two of their 17 World Grand Prix matches against European sides.

Czech Republic:

· Czech Republic have won 10 and lost nine WGP matches after their 3-0 win against Croatia on Saturday.

· They have won six of those 10 wins in straight sets.

· Czech Republic can claim back-to-back wins for the second time after a run of seven wins in 2014.

· Michaela Mlejnkova, Helena Havelkova and Tereza Vanzurova have reached double figures in scoring in both previous matches this weekend, against Netherlands and against Croatia.

Argentina

· Argentina lost their second match in the 2015 World Grand Prix to Netherlands (3-0) which ended their longest winning streak in the competition of four wins.

· Argentina are eyeing their fifth win in six consecutive World Grand Prix matches. In the 33 matches prior to this streak they also managed five wins in the competition.

· Argentina are one set shy from conceding their 100th in the competition.

· Leticia Boscacci is Argentina's most prolific scorer with 23 points.

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