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12-06-2016

LAS PANTERAS DOWN KENYA IN STRAIGH SETS AT WORLD GRAND PRIX

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Wloclawek, Poland, June 12, 2016 – Argentina win their first match in the second weekend of the FIVB World Grand Prix, after an uneasy, three-set battle with enthusiastic Kenyans 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-17).

Despite the loss, the team captain of Kenya, Mercy Moim, was chosen as the Most Impressive Player, with 18 points to her name. On the Argentinian side, the best performance was diplayed by Tanya Acosta with 11 points.

The final game of the tournament in Wloclawek began with a point-for-point clash and the Kenyans led 8-7 at the first technical time-out. Argentina managed to find their rhythm a few rallies later and took a three point advantage at 16-13. David Lungaho, the head coach of Kenya, asked for a break for his team, when Emilce Sosa served an ace and his players got lost in reception. It did bring the expected result as the African side came back from a six-point deficit. However, their lack of experience showed at the end of the set when a simple error handed the win to Argentina, 26-24.

The South American team started the second set in form, winning eight of the opening ten points. They were unable to hold on the lead, however, as Kenya tied the score at 15-all. Both teams mixed good spikes with unforced errors, but Josefina Fernandez used her power in serve to give her team a desired 25-22 victory in the second set. Unfortunately, in the last point, Argentina lost their best scorer to the point, Leticia Boscacci, who got injured and had to leave the court.

In the third part the “Albicelestes” were able to step up their efforts from the get-go and achieved a dominant advantage at 16-7. Kenya’s captain, Mercy Moim, tried her best in spike, but could not beat the Argentinian block on her own. Argentina maintained their momentum to grab their first victory in Poland, by taking the set 25-17.

Even though neither team could earn a spot in the Final Four, both Argentina and Kenya tried to make the most of their last game in Włocławek.

Press Conference:

Guillermo Orduna Argentina, coach: Argentina played well, in the first two sets we made many mistakes in reception, but we stayed focused which is very important when the technical side doesn’t work well. We won three to zero, but we need to improve reception and attack system. And those two elements are very important to work on before the Olympic Games, because we will play against very strong teams like Russia, Brazil, Korea and Japan and it’s important for me and my players.

David Lungaho Kenya, coach: I think that if Kenya had won the first set, which was very close, this match could have looked different. In the first two sets we really wanted to win, but we didn’t manage to do it. We are happy with our performance here, we scored many points against Argentina and it is a very good sign. The level of those teams was too high for us. After our matches here we know we have a big homework to do and we will do it when we come back to Kenya.

Emilce Sosa Argentina, captain: This match wasn’t very good for us. However, we are very happy, because of this victory. We need to play better and improve some elements, because the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are in few weeks and we will play there against really strong opposition.

Jannet Wanja, Kenya, player: We started pretty well, but Argentina is a very good team. We knew that it wouldn't be an easy match and what to expect from them. Any game in Wloclawek wasn't easy for us. We played not bad in reception, we knew how to kill successfully, but the score was as it was. I cannot say we are satisfied with the result in this tournament. We didn't win a single set, didn't show our best, but we will try to walk on with that.

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

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