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Fourth time a charm for Argentina vs. USA men

July 28, 2005, San Francisco, Argentina - Diego Bonini scored a team-high 18 points to lead four players into double figures as Argentina defeated the USA Mens National Volleyball Team, 3-1 on Thursday night.

Bonini had 15 kills, two blocks and one service ace in the 25-27, 25-17, 26-24, 25-21 victory for Argentina, its first win in four matches against the United States during this five-match tour.

Leonardo Patti scored 13 points, Gaston Giani tallied 11 points and Gustavo Porporatto had 10 points for Argentina, which lost the first three matches of the series by 3-1 scores.

Riley Salmon scored a match-high 22 points to lead Team USA , which dropped to 8-4 overall this season. Salmon blasted 18 kills to go along with three aces and one block.

Pieter Olree added 14 points, Curt Toppel scored 13 points and David Lee chipped in with 10 points for the Americans, whose roster is still limited to seven players due to a visa issuance problem.

"The guys fought hard but we just didn't have it tonight," said Team USA head coach Hugh McCutcheon. "Argentina played a new lineup and played well. I think that playing two matches in two days, combined with only having seven guys here, finally caught up with us."

The series finale is scheduled for Saturday, July 30 in the city of Gualeguaychu.

Argentina, ranked No. 7 in the world, and the United States (No. 5) met twice last season during the USA Global Challenge in Austin, Texas, with the Americans winning both times (3-2 and 3-0). Both teams also participated at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Team USA finished fourth overall, while the Argentineans finished tied for fifth.

Following the Argentina tour, Team USA will travel to Porto Alegre, Brazil, to compete in the Americas Cup along with Argentina , Brazil, Canada, Cuba and Venezuela from Aug. 2-7.