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Serbia stun Argentina with brilliant straight sets win

Local star Solé spiking against Podrascanin
Rosario, Argentina, May 28, 2011 – Serbia pulled off a straight-sets victory (25-14, 25-21, 25-22) over Argentina in Pool C of the World League in front of over 5,600 fans in Rosario on Saturday evening.

The top scorers were Conte Facundo with 12 points for the home team and Dragan Stankovic, who scored 12 for the visiting team.

Serbia took a quick 3-0 lead as Argentina struggled to spike well, and were 8-3 up at the first technical timeout, thanks in part to two block points by last year’s bronze medal team. After Pablo Crer managed the host team’s first block, which helped them find their rhythm, Serbia maintained their five-point margin. At the second TTO, Serbia were nine points ahead, helped by Dragan Stankovic’s second ace over Lucas Ocampo. At 19-9, Javier Weber brought on Nicolás Uriarte and Federico Pereyra, but good spiking by Marko Podrascanin allowed Serbia to clinch the first set.

The second set started with a fierce battle between the two teams. They were level at 4-4 when Serbia pulled ahead, and a mistake by Argentina’s Gustavo Scholtis put the visitors three points up at the first TTO. Argentina dug in and went ahead for the first time in the match at 10-9. After a timeout, Serbia regrouped and were back in front at 13-12 with an ace by Kovacevic. Two blocks on Rodrigo Quiroga helped Serbia to a two-point margin at the second TTO, after which they surged ahead, with Sasa Starovic spiking well. Milos Nikic also dazzled as Serbia opened up a 20-14 lead before closing out the set 25-21.

With Pereyra and Conte on one side and Stankovic and Kovacevic on the other, the third set was a terrific battle. It was tied at 21-21, but Nikic’s aces gave the visiting team the advantage. The match ended on a serving error by Quiroga.

The two sides will meet again on Sunday at the same venue.


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