PUNE, India (Aug. 2, 2009) – Argentina overcame a slow start to defeat Greece 20-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-17 on the third day of FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship first-round Pool C action at Pune, India.
Argentina finishes the first-round pool with a 2-1 record, while Greece concludes with a 0-3 mark. Along with Argentina, Cuba and France finished the group with a 2-1 record forcing the tiebreaking procedure to handle the top two countries to advance to the top eight classification round. Based on the point ratio tie-breaker, Argentina comes out as the top seed from Pool C with a 1.137 point ratio, while Cuba is the second team to advance to the top eight as it bettered France point ratio 1.064 to 1.007.
Argentina’s Facundo Conte tallied 23 points to lead his country in scoring. Cristian Poglajen and Pablo Hruby added 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Greece’s captain Mitar Tzourits led all scorers with 29 points, highlighted by 27 spikes. Ioannis Roumeliotakis added eight points in the loss.
Argentina held a 9-5 margin in blocks and 58-52 advantage in aces. It also took advantage of 27 Greece errors to its own 21. Greece had two of the three aces in the match.
Greece moved out to an 8-4 lead in the opening set, but Argentina charged back to close to within one at 14-13. Greece scored five of six points to forge ahead 21-16 en route to winning the first set 25-20. Tzourits led Greece with nine points.
Argentina worked its way to a 13-9 advantage after holding an 8-7 lead at the first technical timeout. Greece cut the gap to one at 13-12 with successive points, only to have Argentina bounce back with eight of the next 10 points for a 21-14 lead. Greece charged back to within three at 23-20. Argentina reached set points at 24-20 and finally won 25-22. Conte scored six points Argentina in the victory.
Set three was almost like two different teams in each part before the technical timeouts. Greece powered out to an 8-5 lead at the first break, but Argentina came back on an 11-3 run to hold a 16-11 advantage at the second timeout. Argentina continued its blistering pace to end the set with a 25-16 victory. Pablo Crer had the Argentina hot hand in the set with six points as his team also put up four blocks in the set.
Argentina did not lose the momentum between sets as it cruised to a 7-1 lead to start set four. However, it lost some steam out of the first technical timeout as Greece scored two unanswered to close to within three at 8-5. Greece’s continued to pressure Argentina by closing the gap to two points at 10-8, but Argentina knocked down four consecutive points to regain a six-point edge at 14-8. Argentina went into the second technical timeout leading 16-9 and drifted to a 25-17 victory in the final set.