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France keeps hope alive with win over Argentina

Vadeleux concluds the match with a winning block

French fans were waiting for revenge in Nice after the defeat of their Men's National Volleyball Team at the hands of Argentina in Lyon on Friday.

They weren't disappointed.

France beat Argentina in five sets on Sunday during the second round of 2009 FIVB World League action. The hosts won 25-21, 26-24, 19-25, 22-25, 15-9.

France needed a win Sunday to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the Final Round of the tournament in Serbia.

Philippe Blain's players started the match well, entering the first TTO up 6-4 but the Argentine's scrapped back to win 5 points in a row. With the score level at 10-10, France took the lead again but Argentina knotted the score up at 16-16 after a fantastic one-hand block of Pierre Pujol, the French setter. France was more aggressive at the end of the first set and wrapped the frame up 25-21 in 27 minutes.

France started the second set with the same spirit as the first, making the most of home-court advantage. Les Bleus led 4-0 and 5-1 and maintained the gap all the set long. Ludovic Castard was efficient on the block while both teams showed their nerves with many services mistakes. The teams traded leads in money-time until France, with Castard blocking and Rouzier spiking, concluded the set 26-24.

In the third set, Moreau, the French captain, came off the bench to add power to the hosts' game. But Argentina resisted and led the set. At the first TTO, Argentina led 8-6, and at the second, the gap was six points, 16-10. The French tried to resist but were unable to stave off the Argentina comeback. Argentina secured the set 25-19 in 27 minutes.

France started well again in the fourth set and led 8-5 at the first TTO. But Argentina won three points in a row to put pressure on the French team. The teams were neck and neck to 16-16, but Argentina was slightly stronger, winning the set 25-22 to force a tiebreak - the fourth in four games for Argentina.

In the tiebreak, France led early, 3-0 and 4-1 with two perfect blocks from Loïc Geiler. France increased their advantage when Javier Filardi missed a service before the first TTO. The hosts made sure their fans didn't go home disappointed, winning the set 15-9.


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