FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Argentina utilize power and height advantage to outclass Tunisia in straight sets


Tunisia's Sirine Bouraoui tries hard to keep the ball flying

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, August 2, 2013 – World No.13 Argentina thrashed lower-ranked Tunisia in easy straight sets 25-14 25-18 25-5 to snatch their second win in the 17th-20th classification round of the Girls’ U18 World Championship at the Liptapanlop Hall on Friday.

Argentina, which outclassed Algeria in comfortable straight sets to win their first match in the classification round on Thursday, used their height advantage to attack exceptionally well  at the net. Elina Rodriguez and Sol Piccolo took turns finding gaps in the Tunisia’s court. As expected, Argentina took the set with ease 25-14.

After going down 0-1, Tunisia regrouped to fare better in the second set. Emna Khalfa shone through her impressive skills to overcome the taller blockers with her fierce spikes. However, with the greater experience and form, Argentina won the close set 25-18.

Holding a 2-0 advantage, Argentina proved uncatchable in the third set which saw the South American side race to a commanding 11-0 lead from the beginning. Powerful Sol Piccolo and Irene Verasio joined hands in puncturing the Tunisian defence with their exceptional attacks. The Argentineans allowed the world No.24 only five points in the totally one-sided battle to win the set 25-5 and the match.

Elina Rodriguez led Argentina with 15 points including 11 kills from 23 attempts. Sol Piccolo assisted with 11 deadly attacks. Emna Khalfa scored a match-high 14 points, 13 of them through unchallenged attacks, for Tunisia.

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