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Wloclawek, Poland, June 10, 2016 – Poland claimed a victory over Argentina after a thrilling tie-breaker 3-2 (25-23, 24-26, 25-15, 23-25, 15-10) on the first day of the World Grand Prix Group 2 second weekend in Poland. Berenika Tomsia topped the score with 31 tallies while Josefina Fernandez was the best scorer for the light blue – white team with 17. This Saturday they will play v Puerto Rico at 12.00 Argentine time while on Sunday Kenya will be the rival.

A great atmosphere accompanied the second match today in Wloclawek. The organizers’ Most Impressive Player title went to the hands of Poland’s Berenika Tomsia, who was also the best scorer in the game with 31 points. On the Argentinian side Josefina Fernandez and the team captain Emilce Sosa added the most points to their team’s score (17 and 15 respectively).

Team Argentina opened the game with some good rallies and used the mistakes on Polish side to gain a four point advantage on the first technical time-out. After a short break, Joanna Wolosz started setting to Berenika Tomsia on the right wing, she responded with powerful kills and Poles edged ahead 12-10. Julieta Buzcano put pressure with her serve, but Poland’s defence presented high-level skills. Coach Jacek Nawrocki decided to take a break at 18-18, after the rivals managed to defeat Polish block twice. An eye for an eye battle in the end of the first set was won 25-23 by the Poles after a serve error from Sol Piccolo.

Poland managed to get to the front from the beginning of the second part (8-3). Their opponents shortened the distance to one point, but an individual block of Kamila Ganszczyk saved the comfortable advantage 11-8. The ups and downs of both teams resulted in a tight score in the last stage of this part of the game. Argentinians stayed more focused till the end and tied the score in sets after an unsuccessful Polish block.

The White-Reds showed up on the court highly-motivated and built up a five-point lead at 11-6. A smart dink of Joanna Wołosz cheered up the crowd gathered in the Champions Hall. The best scorer of team Argentina, Josefina Fernandez, had problems with finalising the attacks and their rivals were on the straight way to gain another set on their account. The final rally ended at 25-15 with an atomic spike by Berenika Tomsia.

Related information:

FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2016

FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2016 - Schedule

FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2016 - Teams

FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2016 - Media Guide

Press Conference:

Jacek Nawrocki, Poland, Coach:We are on the level where every victory is important for us. In this edition of World Grand Prix there are no opponents against whom we could count on three points before the game starts. I am satisfied with the way we fought. My girls showed many times the highest level of their mental side and they are putting heart into the game. The endings today were a bit insecure, but this was the second game we played tight and I think that in every next match it will be better.

Guillermo Orduna, Aregentina, Coach:For Argentina it was an important match. We played more focused than last weekend. We improved our reception during the game, which was hard. Today our attack was very good and I am happy about that. In the next match the experience from today can be very important and is also worthy as a preparation before the Olympic Games.

Joanna Wolosz, Poland, captain: Our coach says that we need to fight. I also think that we have to play aggressively and we are trying to do it with our team, all girls did their best. I as a captain, setter and a player with bigger experience must show other girls that we have to fight for every point and that we must do our maximum in each moment of game. I think that we did it, we are good in defence and we fight.

Julieta Lazcano, Argentina:It was a tough match, we didn’t play our game and we really can play much better. Poland played good, but there were many things that we could improve from our side. Tomorrow we need to try and play more concentrated and make less mistakes.