Friday, 25 May 2018
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Argentina outblocks France in a five-setter

Players of Argentina celebrating the victory

France jumped to a 4-1 lead against a nervous Argentinean squad and increased the gap to 8-3 with spike by Ngapeth at the first mandatory stop. The French improved to 11-4 thanks to spike and block of Accambray and arrived to the second pause leading 16-7 with a spike of Le Goff. When the action resumed Ngapeth widened the bridge to 19-8 with pair of attacks and France closed the first set 25-14 with spike of Ragondet and ace by Accambray.

Teams stayed close early in the second set. A couple of French errors combined with attack by Ramos gave Argentina the advantage 8-6 at the first pause, but block and attack by Le Goff tied at 12-all. Attacking error of France and a solid spike by Castellani gave back the lead to Argentina 16-14. Spikes by Ngapeth and Bruckert after an Argentinean error gave France the lead but Castellani came back with two kills and Sole added another one. With Argentina in front 20-19, Sole combined spike and block giving enough comfort to his side for a 25-21 win.

With improved floor defense and a balanced attack, Argentina took an 8-3 lead in the third capped by a block by Ramos. Two French errors when the action resumed forced a time-out at 10-3. The South American champions led 16-6 at the second stop. France won five of the next six points mainly because of opponent faults and Argentina called for time-out at 17-11. A couple of blocks by Sole restored the calm and Argentina took the third set 25-16 with Castellini capping the reaction with his fourth block of the match.

Argentina was in front 8-7 in the fourth set thanks to two kills and one block produced by Sole. The tandem of Sole and Catellani continued to provide to the Argentinean side with Ngapeth and Talia kept France close 16-14. Attack by Ragondet sent France within one point at 19-18 and the tie came via block by Burel. Argentina regained the lead via opponent error and Quiroga hit a spike for a two-point lead 21-19. France came back on the shoulders of Ngapeth and Talia to erase a 23-20 Argentinean advantage. Spike by Ngapeth sent it to set point and France prevailed 25-23 with a wild spike of Argentina.

In the tie-breaker Argentina took a 4-1 lead and increased to 6-2 with block by Quiroga. Teams traded sides with the South Americans ahead 8-3. Castellani was red-hot in the final stages scoring two spikes for a 13-6 lead and Argentina closed the match 15-7 when Sole blocked the spike of Ngapeth.


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