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13-07-2015

AT THE 2ND WK GRAND PRIX ARGENTINA CLOSED AT HOME FACING POLAND

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PHOTOS OF THE WHOLE WEEKEND IN FORMOSA + RESULTS WK#1

Formosa, Argentina, July 13, 2015 - At a crowded Cincuentenario Stadium in the city of Formosa, Argentina closed its 2nd weekend at home of the World Grand Prix 2015 in Pool L being defeated by Poland (the organizar of the Final Round of Group 2) by 0-3 (21-25, 23-25, 25-27). In the first match Netherlands topped the group overcoming Canada also 3-0. The top scorers of the night where the Polish Sleczka scoring 15 rallies followed by Sikorska (13 with 7 aces), Grejman (12) and Kaliszuk (10) being the only players with double figure in the match while Julieta Lazcano was the best Argentine scorer with 9 rallies followed by Leticia Boscacci with 8 and Emilce Sosa, the Formosa star scored 7.

The outstanding serving of the visiting team (11-5) did not allow Argentina any chance but the match, as with Netherlands on Saturday night was very tied and exciting giving the local fans time to cheer not only their fans, Las Panteras but all four teams as seen in the final photo.

Poland started the first set with an 8-6 lead, which they sustained throughout the set. Argentina saved the first set point but a block on Yamila Nizetich sealed the set victory 25-21. Poland and Argentina fought closely in the second set, which resulted to a tied score at 9-all. Argentina found better rhythm than their opponents and took a 14-11 lead. Poland still trailed Argentina at 18-16 but they eventually regained the lead 22-21 from two aces. Poland matched the Argentine intensity and raced first to end the second set 25-23.
Argentina led again in the third set 9-6 but Anna Grejman lifted Poland to grab the lead 11-10. Poland started to increase their lead as they sent out powerful serves across the Argentine court 18-14. Poland, however, committed four consecutive errors that allowed Argentina to inch in closer 19-18. Argentina regained the lead 23-22 courtesy of Leticia Boscacci’s block. Sikorska’s two crucial points on a block and service ace closed the set and match for Poland 27-25.

With these good results, the national team in its fifth consecutive season at the premier annual competition for National Women's Teams organized by the International Volleyball Federation, showed its growth, having qualified already for the 2016 season. They finished at the seventh place over Croatia in Group 2, the team they had defeated on the first match at their home.

An amazing perfect organization shown in Formosa with the outstanding job of the local organization supported by full stadium in all matches is an important fact for Argentina to keep making efforts to organize such important international events.

Now, while Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Puerto Rico and Poland will play the Final Four of Group 2 while Argentina with the experience of the FIVB World Grand Prix 2015 heads urgently to Toronto to participate of the Pan-American Games as the Men's did, finishing their participation winning the Bronze Medal yesterday in Bulgaria defeating Bélgica in Pool 2, too.

Head-to-Head
· Poland have won the three clashes with Argentina in the World Grand Prix, the first two in straight sets, but the last encounter in 2013 only by a 15-11 score in the deciding set.
· That match is the only one of a total of five played at all major competitions in which Poland conceded a set against Argentina.
· Poland have won five of their last seven World Grand Prix matches against South American teams.
Argentina
· After winning their opener against Croatia last week, Argentina have added four defeats. Still, they were the first nation in the 2015 World Grand Prix to claim two sets in a single match against Netherlands, in their 3-2 defeat on Saturday.
· Still, they have the chance to equal their best performance in the first six matches of a single World Grand Prix campaign. In 2011 and 2013, they also won two of their opening six.
· This will be Argentina’s sixth match in front of a home crowd in World Grand Prix history. In 2014, they won all three matches (against Peru, Canada, Cuba) in Buenos Aires, while so far they lost both (against Canada, Netherlands) in Formosa.
Poland
· Poland keep exchanging victories with defeats in the 2015 World Grand Prix: win-loss-win-loss-win in the first five matches in the competition. They can record back-to-back victories for the first time since 2013-2014 (5 straight).
· Poland have 49 victories in 116
total matches in the World Grand Prix. They can become the 10th or the 11th team to reach the mark of 50, depending on Germany’s (also 49 wins) result against Brazil earlier on Sunday.
· Against Canada, Poland won their 200th set in the World Grand Prix, becoming the 11th nation with 200+ sets won in the competition.
· Tamara Kaliszuk scored 19 points on Saturday against Canada. She now owns Poland’s two highest scoring marks in the 2015 World Grand Prix, after compiling 21 against Canada in week 1.
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