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The home team played to its utmost at the classical South American match

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 17, 2016 – Ricardo Lucarelli was in blistering form as Brazil despatched Argentina in straight sets (25-21, 25-13, 26-24) to get its second victory in pool B of the World League. Argentina will try to get its first victory of this weekend this Saturday at 20.30 v Iran’s winless too, in an all Argentine coaching teams headed by Velasco and Lozano.

The in-form Lucarelli was the only player to reach double figures on both sides, as he attacked the net with consistency. For Argentina, their struggles offensively were apparent with their top scorer, Cristian Poglajen with nine points.

Brazil went into the match hoping to continue their amazing record against their nearest rivals, as they went in search of a 23rd consecutive victory in the World League. Argentina were looking to bounce back from their most recent defeat to the USA, whilst Brazil were looking for back-to-back victories for the the first time since last year’s tournament.

Leading Pool B after the first round, Brazil welcomed back two players that did not participate in the win over Iran as Douglas Souza and Isac Santos returned. On the other side, Argentina started the first set showing no fear of the neighbour rival that has a historic 22-0 in World League encounters. The Brazilian service was not working as well as the last match and the Argentinians were battling for each point and kept ahead on the board for a while, but the nine times World League Champions came back with a late performance of the block to get the set, 25-21.

The home team started the second part with more effectiveness on the service. The Argentinians were facing a hard time and were struggling to get a foothold in the set as Lucarelli and Lucas Saatkamp were leading the action on Brazil’s side. With a few outstanding saves, Sergio Santos powered up the Brazilian offence whilst Argentina continued their struggles. With Lucarelli on fire, Brazil got the second set 25-13 to take a 2-0 lead.

After the second set’s blackout, Argentina started the third set, with a better service and reception and took an early lead. The home team woke up from their slumber and fought back with Lucarelli attacking from all parts of the court and the defence increased its performance to take back the control. Douglas Souza, despite his young age, was comfortable as he continued to gain experience. The warmth from the stands also helped Brazil and with the 19th point of Lucaelli, Brazil got the third set 26-24 and the match 3-0.

Press Conference:

Brazil kept its unbeaten record against Argentina, winning against its nearest neighbour in three sets (25-21, 25-13 and 26-24) in pool B’s second round. Ricardo Lucarelli, with 19 points, was the main man in the South American derby.

Bruno Rezende, captain of Brazil– “Overall it was a good game. We kept a good performance serving, defending and counter-striking. We missed some opportunities on the first set, but we improved on the second one, when we opened a good advantage. In the third set, the match got tougher due to the Argentinian service. We got focused to change the way of the game and managed to get the victory”.

Ricardo Lucarelli, wing spiker of Brazil – “The change of some pieces helps to get everyone's rhythm. We still have some matches ahead of us and we are raising up the bar during the practices to enhanced our performance on court”

Luciano De Cecco, Captain of Argentina – “Brazil played well today and was effcient on service and defense. When you meet great teams such as Brazil and USA, you cannot commit that amount of mistakes as we did particularly on the second set. We had our best moments on third set that we could won.'

Related information:

FIVB Volleyball World League 2016

FIVB Volleyball World League 2016 - Schedule

FIVB Volleyball World League 2016 - Teams

FIVB Volleyball World League 2016 - Media Guide