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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Argentina beat Australia 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 31-29, 32-30) - duration 2:08
28-Sep, start time: 20:11, end time: 22:19 - Attendance: 10,250
Home crowd favorite Argentina opens World Championship with victory over Australia
Argentina defeated Australia in the opening match of the 2002 Men's World Championship. With this result the home crowd favorite are the leaders of the Pool A and are already thinking of the match against their next rival China, the opponent in San Juan on Monday
At the beginning of the match both teams stayed equal. The Australian block was strong and the Argentines couldn't get through it. Jorge Elgueta scored eight attacks and supported by a good reception of Meana and Bidegain the team of coach Getzelevich equaled the match. But Australian spiker Hidde van Beest brought his team the first set.
In the second set Argentina seemed to make less unforced errors. Milinkovic headed the attack supported by Conte. At the second technical time out the locals were leading 16-14. It was their first lead in the entire match. Moreover they also consolidated they defense and took the second set.
In the third set, the Australian setter Young distributed efficiently the game on the entire front attack. Van Beest took advantage of it and scored great spikes. Getzelevich made an effective substitution, Ferraro replaced setter Weber. Elgueta (16 points in the match) helped the team and the host won the set in a close definition.
Getzelevich's team started the last set more concentrated, but the Australians improved in reception, in the attack and managed to be even in the score. But in the argentine side, Spajic effectiveness and Giani's excellent attack performance helped Argentina to win the match. It was hard for Argentina to win, but helped by the 10250 fans, the home team took the 3-1 victory.
"We knew it was going to be a hard match, because we were very nervous for this opening match," Porporatto said.
Hidde van Beest was the best scorer of the match with 29 points, closely followed by Argentine hero Marcos Milinkovic (25 points).