Page 95 - YearBook_2009

Basic HTML Version

2009 Final Standing
Jesolo-Bassano del Grappa, Italy
August 28 - September 6
“It was the most difficult match of my life,” said Atan-
asijevic. “Even when we lost Uros Kovacevic in the
second set we felt that we could win. He was sitting
on the bench and was crying, so we wanted to win for
him. And for our country it was a historic success.”
Argentina beat Russia 25-22, 30-28, 25-22 to win the
bronze medal, a tournament-best for Argentina who
fell just short of a podium finish in 2005 and 2007 in
Algeria and Mexico, where they finished fourth both
times. Gonzalo Quiroga led Argentina with 17 points,
including five blocks, and Ivan Castellani added 16
with three blocks. Gustavo Vacas contributed nine
points to the triumph and Sebastian Sole had four
blocks among his eight points.
“We have been working hard for the past two years
and are really proud as we managed to bring a medal
back to our country,” captain Sole said. Francisco
Ruiz, who scored a match-high 27 points in leading
Spain to fifth place with a four-set win over Tunisia 
Rank
Teams
1
SERBIA
2
IRAN
3
ARGENTINA
4
RUSSIA
5
SPAIN
6
TUNISIA
7
INDIA
8
ITALY
9
BRAZIL
10
USA
11
POLAND
12
FRANCE
13
EGYPT
14
JAPAN
15
PUERTO RICO
16
ALGERIA
Serbia’s Milan Peric spikes
against Iran’s Hamed Tariverdi
YearBook2009.indb 95
13/0