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Argentina Quiets India in Three, Pool E All Tied at 1-1

Argentina Head Coach Juan Manuel Cichello directs his squad during a timeout

PUNE, India (Aug. 5, 2009) – Argentina bounced back from its five-set loss yesterday and took out the home-crowd energy factor in defeating host India 25-14, 25-21, 25-17 on Wednesday during the second day of Pool E competition of the 2009 FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship being played at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune, India.

Argentina and India are both 1-1 in Pool E and still in contention for a spot in the semifinal round that starts on Aug. 8. All four teams in Pool E are 1-1 after Russia defeated Belgium earlier today. Tomorrow’s Pool E winners will receive the Only the top two teams from Pool E and Pool F advance to the semifinals, while the third- and fourth-place teams fall into the 5-8 classification matches.

Facundo Conte paced Argentina with a match-high 19 points, while Cristian Pogjlagen chipped in 11 points in the victory. Pablo Crer scored half his 10 points for Argentina on blocks.

Naveen Raja led India with 11 points, while Singh Gurinder tacked on eight points in the loss.

Argentina connected for 40 spikes on 77 attempts and held a commanding 15-3 block advantage. In addition, Argentina produced a 4-1 edge in aces.

India concludes Pool F on Thursday against Belgium at 18:00, while Argentina challenges Russia at 14:00.

Sole put up a block to lift Argentina in front 3-2 and that helped his team explode out to an 8-3 lead at the first technical timeout. Crer blocked back an India attack increasing Argentina’s margin to 13-6. Conte blasted a kill out of the second technical timeout widening Argentina’s lead to 17-9. Hruby found open court on a soft roll shot at 19-10. Crer added a block to double-up the deficit to 20-10, then chipped in another block at 22-11. Selvaprabhu served an ace cutting into the huge hole at 22-14. Crer turned his fourth block of the set at 24-14, and Conte served an ace for the winner at 25-14. Conte scored eight points and Crer seven in the first set as Argentina notched eight blocks.

India scored three unanswered points to nab a 4-2 advantage in the second set. Its defense then sparked it to a 6-4 cushion and went into the first technical timeout up 8-6. Argentina tied the set at 8-all with two successive points out of the break. Crer and Uriate combined for a block pushing the scoring run to three and scoreboard to 9-8. India answered with consecutive points regaining a 10-9 lead. An India attack went long and Argentina resumed an 11-10 margin, although it was short-lived as India took a 13-11 advantage on a kill and error. The teams reached the second technical timeout trading points with India leading 16-14. Conte took an overpass for a kill, which tied the set at 18-all and causing India to call timeout. Uriarte served an ace off the net out of the break to give Argentina a 19-18 lead. Poglajen hit a cross-court winner to widen the lead to 21-19. Poglajen powered down a block pushing Argentina to a 23-20 advantage. Conte produced seven points in the second set to pace Argentina.

Conte helped Argentina to a 2-0 lead in the third set. Sole served an ace to push Argentina up at 7-4. Crer contributed a block at 10-6. A mishandled set by India increased Argentina’s lead to 12-7. Hruby and Sole combined for a block extending the Argentina lead to 13-7. Argentina continued its pace to the second intermission with a 16-8 lead. India had an attack go wide and Poglajen served an ace strengthening Argentina’s lead to 19-9. Argentina closed out the match with a 25-17 set victory after saving three match points.


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