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Argentina finished last Saturday a 2017 full of competition for the Senior National Team and with the aim of the qualification to the World Championship of Italy-Bulgaria 2018 fulfilled. Captain Luciano De Cecco, in the closing of the season, analyzed this year of the team directed by Julio Velasco.

"The balance is positive" said the setter that played his match number 300 in the World Championship Qualifier in Salta and Jujuy, and completed: "The objective of qualifying for the World Championship was accomplished".

The year began with the World League in which Argentina completed a long tour and closed with an unforgettable weekend at the Orfeo Stadium in Cordoba with wins against Brazil and Bulgaria. "We went through a very long World League in which many players had the chance to play it for the first time and we tried to strengthen the group" said De Cecco. "We went from less to more and we finished the tournament in a very high level with the games disputed in Argentina" he said.

Despite that start, the focus was still on the ticket to Italy-Bulgaria 2018. "After the World League we had an important stage in which we trained a lot and then participated in the Panamerican Cup. It was good to us to gain time on the court together, we played very well, we were constant and we were champions, that made us reach the South American Championship in good shape".

However, in the continental tournament in Chile, the National Team experienced it most difficult moment of the year when it lost to Venezuela in the semifinals of a championship where the performance was not as expected. "We never played at our level, we suffered in some periods against Chile and Venezuela, but everything is learning. We understood that if we don't play to the best of our possibilities we can suffer against anyone. That also made us face the World Championship Qualifier in another way".

Argentina traveled to Jujuy and Salta with the only goal of winning the berth for the World Championship and defeated Chile by 3-1 and Venezuela by 3-0 to get the place. "Beyond the first set with Chile, I think we were much more aggressive than in the South American Championship, we improved from one game to another and we are very happy for achieving the goal of the year".

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