PUNE, India (Aug. 1, 2009) – France remained undefeated in the FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship (U-21) Pool C by topping Argentina 19-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-23, 15-11 on Saturday afternoon in Pune, India.
While France improves to 2-0, Argentina falls to 1-1 in pool play.
Guillaume Quesque led five French players in double-figure scoring with 14 points. Frederic Barais and Julien Lyneel added 12 points apiece.
Pablo Hruby paced Argentina with 22 points, while teammate Facundo Conte added 15 points in the loss.
Argentina held advantages in kills (65-60), blocks (11-8) and aces (2-1). However, France used to its advantage 35 Argentina errors during the five-set match.
The Argentina concludes Pool C on Aug. 2 against Greece at 16:00, while France challenges Cuba at 12:00. The top two teams from each first-round pool advances to second round 1-8 classification matches to be held Aug. 4-6. The bottom two teams in each first-round pool falls to the second round 9-16 classification matches.
Argentina held a slim 8-6 lead at the first technical timeout of the opening set, but scored six of the next eight points to take commanding 14-6 lead. France closed to within 16-10 and continued to whittle the gap to four points at 22-18. However, Argentina scored three of the next four points to win 25-19. Hruby led the Argentina offense with six kills.
France held a 9-7 lead in the second set and widened it to 12-8 with a 3-1 scoring run. France continued the pressure by extending its advantage to 16-11 at the second technical timeout. Argentina cut the deficit to one at 22-21, then tied the set at 23-all. France answered the challenge by scoring the next two points for a 25-23 victory.
Argentina bolted to a 6-2 lead in the third set, only to have France cut the gap in half at 7-5. Argentina extended its lead to five points at 18-13. France sliced the deficit back to three points at 21-18. Argentina reached set point 24-19 with a 3-1 run. Argentina formed a wall of three blockers to earn the final point at 25-20. Hruby came up big with six points in the third set for Argentina.
France held leads of 8-7 and 16-14 at the fourth set technical timeouts, then earned a three-point cushion at 18-15. An Argentina block closed the score to 18-17 in favor of France, then a France attack that went long tied the set at 18-all. France gained a two-point cushion at 22-20 after an Argentina attack error. Nicolas Bruno served an ace allowing Argentina to tie the set at 23-all. France picked up the final two points of the set for a 25-23 victory.
France started the tie-breaking fifth set with leads of 4-2 and 6-3. France maintained its three-point edge as teams switched sides of the court at 8-5. France increased its lead to four points at 13-9 and finished out the match at 15-11.