Argentina's block was one of the factors in the side picking up the win
Gdansk, Poland, July 6, 2011 – Argentina picked up a surprising four set (20-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-22) win over Italy in the opening match of Pool E in 2011 FIVB World League Final Round in Gdansk, Poland on Wednesday.
Argentina's Facundo Conte was the best scorer with 26 points Italy was topped by Cristian Savani with 20 points.
The beginning of set one was better for the Italians, who jumped three points ahead 8-5 at the first technical timeout. The Argentinians tied the score at 11-11, but Italy gained the lead once again and stayed in control till the end, when they picked up the set 25-20.
The second set started tightly. The Italians, falling slightly behind, refused to let Argentina gain an advantage larger than two points. At 21-19 for Argentina, Italy made their first replacement, but it didn't help. The Argentinians took the set 25-20, leveling the score at 1-1 and points total in the match.
Italy started set three very determined and smoothly jumped ahead by three points. However, Argentina managed to tie the score and they were the ones leading at the second TTO (16-14) before picking up the set 25-22 after a very nervous finish.
Set four started well for Argentina (8-5, then 10-8). Italy tied the score at 11-11, but then Argentina took control again (17-14) and won the set 25-22.
Argentina now face Bulgaria while Italy take on hosts Poland.