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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Argentina beat Greece 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-20) - duration 1:20
11-Oct, start time: 21:10, end time: 22:30 - Attendance: 10,250
Argentina takes victory again and wants to reach the fifth position
Argentina defeated Greece in the classification match for the fifth till eight spot of the 2002 Men's World Championship played at the Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires. The team coached by Carlos Getzelevich will face Italy in the clash for the fifth place on Sunday, while the Greeks will play against Portugal to decide which team will finish seventh on Saturday.
In the beginning of the match Argentina showed a great performance in the spiking and quickly took a four points lead. The home crowd favorite maintained the advantage until the second technical time out. Marios Gkiourdas was the responsible for the Greeks attacks (four points) and his teammate Cristos Gkiourdas had 80% efficiency in the reception. However, the good performance of Argentines Jorge Elgueta (three points) and Pablo Meana 100% in reception permitted Argentina to win the first set.
Until the second technical time out in the second set, the score was almost even. Greece improved its defense (Chrysanthos Kyriazis scored three block points) and continued spiking efficiently thanks to its main hitter Marios Gkiourdas (four points). On the other side of the court, Alejandro Spajic (four points) appeared in the game and also the good reception of Pablo Meana (100%) allowed the Argentineans to get this set.
In the third set, Argentina maintained its good performance in the reception (60%) and also the attacks of Marcos Milinkovic with five points of were the key to the Argentine lead (16-12). Even with its good reception (85 %), Greece looked very distracted with its block and couldn't maintain its level in spiking, so Argentina got also this set and won the match.
Argentine Marcos Milinkovic was the best scorer of the match with 18 points, followed by Greek Nikolaos Roumeliotis with 16 points.

/ajm