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Brazil ousts Argentina from World League Final Round

Belgrade, Serbia, July 24, 2009 - Brazil beat Argentina 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-20) to secure first place in Pool F at the 2009 World League Final Six tournament on Friday.
Brazil needed only 22 minutes to win the first set and while Argentina showed great desire in the second frame, their valiant effort was still not enough as they fell two sets in the hole with a 25-22 loss. Brazil wrapped up the match with a 25-20 third-set win to send Argentina packing from the tournament while cementing their credentials as the team to beat in the semifinals, which begin Saturday.
Brazil took the lead at the beginning of the first set with the same enthusiasm they showed in beating Cuba a day earlier. Both teams played with enthusiasm early on, but it was the Brazilians who were more successful. At 6-2 for the Brazilians, Argentina coach Javier Weber called for a timeout. Argentina won the next point but by the first technical timeout, Brazil still maintained an 8-3 advantage.
Argentina won three points in a row before the teams traded points back and forth with Brazil clinging onto their lead throughout. A service error from Argentina's Gabriel Garcia Guillermo allowed Brazil to go into the second technical timeout with a 16-12 lead.
After some brilliant play, both teams were guilty of making mistakes from the service area. Bruno Rezende served a few good points to give Brazil a 21-16 lead. An Argentina service mistake gave a set point to Brazil, and still another Argentine serving error gave the hosts the set.
Despite dropping the frame, Argentina's Gabriel Garcia Guillermo was the player of the match so far, scoring 5 points on 11 attempts.
Brazil continued with the same tempo in the second set, although Argentina improved their play considerably to prevent their opponents from running away with the set. At the first TTO, Brazil held a slim 8-6 advantage, and not long after Argentina enjoyed their first lead, 9-8.
With far fewer service errors, the teams traded points until the second TTO, with Brazil up 16-15.
Argentina played even better as the set wound to a close, but had to call a timeout after two consecutive points gave Brazil a 23-21 lead. Brazil gained the set point after an unsuccessful Argentine block, and converted it for a two-set advantage.
Bernardo Rezende's team jumped out to an 8-3 lead by the first TTO in the third set, but some great serves from Alejandro Spajic reduced the advantage to 9-8.
Sidao restored order for the Brazilians, however, serving three points in a row to make it 15-9. Brazil enjoyed a 16-11 gap at the second TTO and stretched the lead to 19-12, forcing Weber to call a timeout.
That was followed by the most beautiful point of the match, won by Argentina after a long rally. Argentina continued to fight and Facundo Conte gave the visitors hope when he saved the first match point and then serve to make it 24-20, but his service error gave the set and match to Brazil after an hour and 12 minutes of play.
The only drawback for Brazil on Friday was that middle-blocker Rodrigao left the match with an injured triceps muscle. It is unclear whether he will be ready to play in Saturday's semifinal.


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