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15-08-2016

ARGENTINA CRUISE TO STRAIGHT-SET WIN OVER EGYPT ON TIP FOR QUARTER-FINALS

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 15, 2016 – Argentina overpowered Egypt 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-20) to record four victories in the preliminary round in Pool B of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games men’s volleyball competition at Maracanazinho on Monday finishing on top of Pool B making a new historical record for the Albicelestes team. Now they must wait for a messy Pool A where four teams fight for three berths to know their Wednesday’s rivals.

Facundo started the Argentine offence going and ended up with 12 markers, while he allowed his team-mates Sebastian Sole, Cristian Poglajen and Pablo Crer to take care of the rest of their offence and defence. Egypt’s Abd Elhalim Mohamed scored 10 points on a losing effort.

Argentina led Egypt on all fronts with 41-31 spikes, 8-2 blocks and 5-2 aces.

Argentina jumped to a 14-7 lead in the opening set, as Conte and Poglajen unleashed its powerful attack and service game. Egypt could not control the Argentine attack surge and conceded the set at 25-16.

Egyptian hitters Abou and Omar Hassan tried to get their side going with strong spikes, but the South American side dominated. Argentina’s Pablo Crer and Sebastian Sole mounted a tough wall against Egypt, which allowed them to gain a good lead. Bruno Lima delivered the set win with a spike 25-19.

Argentina got its toughest challenge from Egypt in the third set, as Abou and Badawy Mohamed Moneim powered the offence. Egypt took the lead briefly at 16-15, but Argentina were quick to recover and built their largest lead in the set at 23-19. Argentina completed the sweep after a powerful backrow attack from Ezequiel Palacios to end the third set at 25-20.

Argentina captain Luciano De Cecco explained that this particular cycle of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games has been favouring his team, as they have now recorded four victories in five matches.

Luciano De Cecco, Captain of Argentina:

It was a tough game but we really played well in all aspects. We had some problems in the third set because we couldn’t side-out. The hitters of Egypt are really good, but in the end we still won. We are enjoying this moment. We just have to take some rest and get ready for the quarterfinals.

Everything in this (Olympic) cycle is working – the players, the coaching staff, especially our fans. We are happy with the results here and we are happy that our supporters are here for us. We play at different times here in Rio but our supporters are always there to watch us. We are very happy to be part of this. We are cherishing every moment and every point in this tournament.

Sebastian Sole, Player of Argentina:

We were very hopeful to win this match and we’re very happy with the way we worked well together. Our blocking and attacking is fantastic today. For the quarterfinals, we know it’s going to be difficult opponents, so will just continue to work hard.

Sherif El Shemerly, Coach of Egypt:

We started very bad in the first two sets. We are upset that we were not able to get through in this competition. Coming into this match, we had to motivate the players because we couldn’t overcome this feeling. We’ve had some setbacks in this tournament because of injuries, even Saleh has an injury on the shoulder. So I did not have much choice on which players to utilise in our matches.

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