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Toronto, Canada, July 16, 2015 - Argentine Volleyball started with the right foot at the Pan-American Games 2015 in the city of Toronto with Gallay-Klug and Mehamed-Capogrosso already qualified for Quarter-Finals in beach volleyball and Las Panteras indoor volleyball debut in a very tied match v Cuba overcoming them 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 25-19). Josefina Fernandez topped the Argentine score with 10 points while the best scorer of the match was the Cuban player Melissa Vargas with 18. This Saturday at 16.30 Argentina will face Dominican Republic in its second presentation.

The Argentineans made only 14 unforced errors compared to 31 by the young Cuban squad and held the advantage in blocks 10-5.

Josefina Fernandez was the top scorer for Argentina with 10 points followed by Lucia Fresco with nine tallies. Emilce Sosa and Julieta Lazcano each contributed 7 points in the victory.

Cuba’s Melissa Vargas topped all the scorers in the match with 18 points but it was not enough. Jennifer Alvarez finished with 10 in the loss.

Guilermo Orduna, coach of Argentina: “This is a team that has shown that battles until the last point. We rely on tactics and making lesser mistakes because we don’t have a lot of power. “

Roberto Garcia, coach of Cuba: “We made mistakes at the crucial moments of the match and couldn’t close the sets. After losing the first two sets, they didn’t battle the same.”

Emilce Sosa, player of Argentina: “It is one important victory since we are coming from a Grand Prix where we didn’t do well. To start with a win in Toronto is an important boost to the confidence of our team.”

Yael Castiglione, player of Argentina: “It has been a long time since the last time Argentina played at the Pan Am Games. It feels like having goose bumps in my skin and this is special. Cuba is always a very difficult rival. They are players with a lot of strength in their attack and we always play the opposite way. But we could work with our service and that was the key for the victory”.

Melissa Vargas, player of Cuba: “I feel good about playing at my first Pan Am Games. However we need to have more decision and to be more consistent going after the balls in the very important moments of the match. We couldn’t do so and felt a lot of pressure. That’s why we couldn’t make it today.”