Argentina confident of their
Argentina competed in their third consecutive FIVB World Grand Prix to
show their growing consistency on the global stage and they finished
with two wins from nine matches, most notably their 3-2 win against
a world top 10 side, Germany.
That Pool E win came in the first round of preliminary matches
in Italy in which Guillermo Orduna’s side also enjoyed a 3-0 victory
over Kazakhstan. “We have proved to ourselves that we stand at
the level of such an important competition with the world’s best
teams, that we can play and battle against them and that we can
dream of growing,” Orduna said. “Now, ahead of the 2014 World
Championship qualification competition, the FIVB World Grand Prix
has been a tremendous confidence boost for our team.”
Argentina hope to have more to celebrate after their third successive World
Grand Prix participation
Puerto Rico save best till last
It came late, but when it did come Puerto Rico’s only win in the 2013
FIVB World Grand Prix was just reward for the endeavour they had
shown throughout the tournament.
The Caribbean island nation had lost all eight of its previous matches
in the tournament before they won their last, a nervy 3-2 victory over
Germany, who are ranked eighth in the world.
“I’m glad that we finally won a match in the World Grand Prix,”
coach Rafael Olazagasti said. “After we took the first two sets, we
changed a few of our players in the next two sets to block them, but
we could not do it. In the fifth set, their blocks could not overcome
our attacks and that’s why we won the match.
Karina Ocasio was Puerto Rico’s standout player as the Islanders beat Germany