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20-07-2015

VERY IMPORTANT VICTORY OF LAS PANTERAS OVER THE HOME TEAM AT PANAM 2015

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PHOTOS + FIXTURE AND RESULTS

Toronto, Canada, July 20, 2015 - Argentina's Women Team, Las Panteras obtained today a vital victory to qualify for Quarter-Finals of the Indoor Volleyball at the Pan-American Games overcoming the host team of Canada 1-3 (25-23, 25-27, 20-25, 21-25) after losing the first set. Yamila Nizetich tooped the score with 19 rallies while for Canada, Kyla Richey scored 18. Now the light blue - whit team coached by Guillermo Orduna must wait other match results to know their next rival. Argentina finishes with 2-1 mark in Pool A

Argentinean Paola Nizetich led all the players in the match with 19 points, getting plenty support from Leticia Boscacci with 15 points and Emilce Sosa and Julieta Lazcano each with 12. Yael Castiglione and Josefina Fernandez contributed 8 and 7 points in the win.

Canadian Kyla Richey finished with 18 points, including five blocks, followed by Tabitha Love and Shanice Marcelle had 16 and 10, respectively.

Both teams started with ups and downs, mainly spiking. Emilce Sosa, Lucia Fresco and Yael Castiglione gave the team the rallies needed to reach the first TTO 6-8 but coming from behind Canada put into problems Argentine reception and started fighting the difference. The second TTO score was 13-16 maintained with a blocking on the hads of Castiglione 16-19 but then Canada's best weapon, blocking hurt the visiting team winning the first set.

Marcelle kept hurting on the light blue - white team at the start of the second set 8-7 but Orduna girls improved blocking and reached the 2nd TTO 16-14 leaded by Nizetich. After a tied score at the end, Emilce Sosa clinch with Lucille Charuk gave the Argentine team a 1-1 tie.

Argentina won in confidence and therefore improve its performance. Leticia Boscacci that started playing in the third set gaving good rhythm to the match. The TTO 6-8 and 14-16 became thanks to Castiglione ace and Sosa blocking 17-22 and then kept adding to close it without risk 21-25 to get a 1-2 lead.

Ludwig replaced Love with Pavan and this gave the requested result to reach the first TTO 8-6. Canada tried to force a tie-breaker definition with Richey and Cranston good level but Argentina's claws leaded this time by Sosa got an interesting advantage 19-22 to start celebrating with two Nizetich spikes.

Press Conference:

Guillermo Orduña, Coach of Argentina:“We have to go step by step. This is about playing one match at a time. We had been beaten by Canada a few days before (at the Grand Prix). I liked the way my team solved every detail during the match. They are a group of girls who like to take revenge and today we won despite some injuries suffered by Mimi (Sosa, hip) and our captain (Paula) Nizetich (foot).”

Yael Castiglione, Player of Argentina:“It is a great satisfaction to get this victory. It was somehow a sweet revenge after we lost to them at home during the Grand Prix. There is a rivalry between the two teams and it was not easy with a lot of pressure. I am 100 percent confident of the capacity of our team for the rest of the tournament and hopefully get one of the medals.”

Paula Nizetich, Captain of Argentina:“I am so glad for this result. We had fought a lot as we had to break them with our defense and their blocking game and work hard against their opposite players (Love and Pavan). We expect to improve our control of the ball to be ready for our next match.”

Arnd Ludwig, Coach of Canada:“It was a very tough match to get into. We were not very sharp at the beginning of the game, but I think we did things a little bit better during the match. Today our blocking was not as good we were not disciplined in block. We did too much moving in block and that was easier for Argentina to score against us in attack. We did not put enough pressure on the serve and these were the two main things we failed: serve and block”.

Rebecca Pavan, Player of Canada:“Argentina is always a really tough game for us. They are a talented team and they have a lot of experience. Two weeks ago we defeated them at their home (at Grand Prix) and they came back fired up. We were fired up too and they just took the best of us today.”

Shanice Marcelle, Player of Canada:“We were able to play at their same level for the first two sets but then we started to lose the energy. I still hope we will be there in the quarterfinals depending on the result of the next match.”

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