PRESS RELEASE 09.07.2004


Argentina in Red Hot Form

July 9, 2004 - Argentina showed their top form at the right moment jumping ahead in a very difficult match against Venezuela, winning 3-1 (25-23), (21-25), (26-24), (25-20) in the XVI South American Men's Youth Volleyball Tournament, which is being played in Cali , and, with six points won, is still neck to neck with Brazil in pursuit of the title.

The third round of the Tournament, saw Colombia's first victory as the hosts beat Peru 3-0 (25-11), (25-18, (25-18) and the confirmation of Brazil's power as they ran over Chile 3-0 (25-18), (25-21), (25-15), maintaining the lead by six points and reassuring their favoritism for the crown.

In the best match of the night, Argentina displayed their red hot form against a tough Venezuela who put up a fight during four intense and vibrant sets of spectacular plays. Although the Argentineans were winning at first, things changed on the second set, when Venezuela put on the pressure, using their best jumps and attacks on the net. Counting on an effective block, they won the second set by a four-point difference. That really shook up the Argentineans, who, led by their best player, Rodrigo Quiroga, fought back and won the third and fourth sets. Both sides demonstrated outstanding tactics in block and attack. Besides Quiroga, it's worth mentioning Federico Peryra, Franco Giachetta y Guillermo Velisonde. This is how Argentina expects to play the final on Friday against Brazil and try to snatch the title from them.

The hosts, Colombia, did their best and won their first match, easily upsetting Peru. Jorge PayŠn and his attacks led the team to an expected win. The Colombians improved their serves and raised their blocking level one step ahead.

Finally, Brazil had an easy win over Chile, who offered very little resistance. Junior, Ayrton Rezende, Devid Costa, Diego Gemi y Josť Santos were the highlights of the victory which consolidates the champions in the lead. They will now wait for their eternal rivals of Argentina whom they will encounter as the Championship comes to closure.

FOURTH ROUND, THURSDAY 8 3:45 p.m. Argentina vs Peru 5:30 p.m. Venezuela vs Brazil 7:30 p.m. Colombia vs Chile