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Mexico - in, Estonia - out, as Argentina play fair to knock the European team out of the Round of 16


Argentina celebrate their good performance against Estonia

Ankara, Turkey, August 26, 2013 – Before their match against Estonia, Argentina were sure to finish second in Pool B of the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship in Ankara.  However, they approached the game with a fair-play attitude and did not allow the European team to win the so desired two sets to make it to the Round of 16.  Instead, Mexico took advantage of Argentina’s 3-1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-17, 25-22) victory to keep their fourth position in the final ranking.  On Wednesday, the South American side will face China, while Mexico will have a tough job against hosts Turkey.

 

Argentina played well in the first set to take charge on the court.  They took advantage of Estonia’s unforced errors to win it by 25-19.  Facing the dilemma ‘now or never”, the European team stepped up their performance in the second set to open up a wide gap in the score.  The South Americans fought back to tie at 22-22, but the following three rallies went Estonia’s way for the final 25-22.  Argentina had no intention of stepping back and after 25-17 in set three took the lead again.  The two teams engaged in a crucial battle in the fourth set.  Fabian Muraco’s boys controlled the scoreboard, but the team around Urmas Tali had no choice, but to fight to the last breath.  The Estonians managed to follow their opponents closely behind in the score, but could not pull it all the way through to win another set.  After 25-22, Argentina could celebrate the victory, while sad Estonia had to start packing for their flight to Izmir.

 

Pablo Koukartsev topped the scorers’ chart of the match with 23 points for Argentina.  Renee Teppan was Estonia’s most prolific player with 14.

 

 

 

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