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24-10-2019

SEASON TO GROW FOR LAS PANTERAS ON THE ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION

The 2019 season ended for the Women's National Team, that debuted under Hernan Ferraro’s orders, but still continues with the final goal of the Continental Olympic Qualifier to be held in January. So far, the review of five months of work and four months of competition for Las Panteras.

In an intense year that required a strong planning and logistics work, Argentina faced six official competitions and a total of 35 matches, added to three friendly series. The cycle formally began on April 22 with 16 players, that were lately joined by those playing abroad and a second group to reinforce the team. In the four months of competition, Las Panteras achieved 15 wins and suffered 20 defeats, with the highest point in the bronze medal at the Pan American Games, the best historical performance for the team. A medal that came as a result of a long work and a bet on female volleyball.

At the beginning of the season and waiting for the first tournament, Ferraro's team played two friendly games against Iowa State University (in Lomas de Zamora and La Plata) and Colombia (in Moron), in which would be their only matches in Argentina. From there began the itinerary of the ladies, that toured four countries, Peru being the place they visited most, with 4 tournaments (Pan American Cup, Challenger Cup, Pan American Games and South American Championship).

The Challenger Cup, qualifier for the Volleyball Nations League, was the team's official debut. In Lima, Argentina faced China Taipei, Canada, the Czech Republic and Croatia with a balance of two wins and two losses that left them in third place, without quota for the VNL 2020. Later, in July, the team also played in Peruvian lands, but now in Trujillo, the Pan American Cup. Five celebrations in seven games was the overall result that led the ladies to a fifth place.

August would be the most demanding month for the team, which arrived in the United States to play the Intercontinental Olympic Qualifier (which would finally be for the hosts), and then continue with the Pan American Games and the South American Championship in Peru. Lima 2019 was undoubtedly the most memorable moment, with a journey that culminated in a bronze medal -the first in history- after beating Brazil in the match for the podium. Days later, in Cajamarca, the South American Championship was played, again with a fourth place, this time with two wins and three falls.

Prior to the last commitment of the year, the National Team had friendlies in Brazil against the powerful local squad, which were a preparation for the World Cup (11 games). In Japan, Las Panteras faced the best teams in the world as a strong preparation for the next great goal: the Olympic qualification, in January, in Colombia.

After this last tournament, the players left to their respective clubs, but will meet again soon. Although the official season is over, Las Panteras will continue their work to arrive in the best way to the Olympic Qualifier. The first group will meet on November 4 at the CeNARD, waiting for the players who are abroad. Together, since December, they will prepare the qualifier to be held in Manizales, in search of a quota for their second qualification to an Olympic Game, looking for a dream called Tokyo 2020.

FEMALE TEAM
OFFICIAL MATCHES (35)

June | Challenger Cup in Lima (Peru) vs China Taipei, Canada, Czech Republic and Croatia.

July | Pan American Cup in Trujillo (Peru) vs Canada, Peru, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Cuba, Colombia and Canada.

August | Olympic qualifier in Shreveport-Bossier (USA) vs Bulgaria, Kazakhstan and the United States.

August | Pan American Games in Lima (Peru) vs USA, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Brazil.

August | South American in Cajamarca (Peru) vs Venezuela, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia and Peru.

September | World Cup Hamamatsu, Toyama and Osaka vs Holland, Brazil, USA, Serbia, Kenya, Korea, Russia, Cameroon, Dominican, Japan and China.

FRIENDLY MATCHES
June | La Plata and Lomas vs Iowa State University 2-0

June | Morón vs Colombia 0-1

August | Vs Brasil in Suzano 0-2

COUNTRIES VISITED: Brazil, Peru (4 times), United States and Japan.

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