Reggio Calabria, Italy, September 26, 2010 - Argentina’s wing spiker Facundo Conte was fit enough to lead his team to a second victory over Mexico, scoring a 3-1 (25-12, 25-19, 17-25, 25-15) win on the second day of the 2010 Men’s FIVB World championship at PalaCalafiore Hall in Reggio Calabria, Italy on Sunday.
The promising youngster was the man of the match not only with the 22 points he scored but also with his leadership and passion throughout the game. Mexico improved their win- loss ratio in the 2010 FIVB World Championships to 2-0, while Mexico dropped to 0-2. The head-to-head results improved also to 2-0 in favour of Argentina.
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The match was competitive from the off with each coach well aware of the other side’s strategy. They went point for point until Argentina stole the lead narrowly at 8-7 at the first technical timeout (FTT) through some successful hits from Conte. After the FTT Argentina dominated the court through their better blockers, who put a halt to Gerardo Contreras with attacks as Federico Pereyra took three successive blocks. Argentina used Conte’s spiking to finish the set quickly 25-12.
The second set showed early dominance from Argentina due to the work of their setter Luciano De Cecco, not only through his skilful combinations but also through his strong spike service that created problems for Mexico. Argentina went into an 8-4 lead before Mexico improved their defence and tried to come back through their blockers but Argentina continued their superiority to reach 16-10 at the second technical timeout (STT). The Mexican coach made some substitutions but Argentina still had the upper hand through the spikes of Rodrigo Quiroga and Conte and also the proper block of Pereyera to win the set 25-19.
Mexico came back in the third set with spikes from Contreras and Carlos Guerra and they found themselves 16-7 at the STT before taking out the set. Argentina returned to their main lineup bar Quiroga for the fourth set but Mexico went ahead 8-7 at the FTT. Argentina returned from the timeout more motivated and scored four successive points to regain the lead at 12-8 before reaching 16-10 at the STT. From there it was easy pickings and they went on to win the match and take control of the pool.