FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

MATCH INFO

Germany overcome Argentina in three sets


The attacks and counterattacks of Germany proved to be too much against Argentina on Sunday at Momotaro Arena in Okayama

Okayama, Japan, November 13, 2011 – Germany beat Argentina 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-18) in the FIVB World Cup at Momotaro Arena in Okayama on Sunday. 

Regina Burchardt collected the Most Impressive Player award after scoring nine points as a substitute for Germany. Germany’s top scorer was Angelina Grun with 15 points. Corina Ssuschke-Voigt had 13, including four blocks, and Christiane Furst scored 10. Argentina’s top scorer was Lucia Fresco with 12.

Argentina found good form early on with Emilce Sosa and Maria Jimena Perez landing three big hits between them, while Germany’s first three points came on Argentine errors. Angelina Grun and Maren Brinker got Germany’s offence moving, but it was two more Argentine errors that put the Germans 8-4 in front at the first technical timeout. Argentina dug in, with Florencia Natasha Busquets making a great block on Grun and Sosa landing two classy shots in the second phase. Successive kills by Paula Yamila Nizetich and Fresco drew the teams level at 12 and Germany coach Giovanni Guidetti – with the memory of Saturday’s shock defeat to the Dominican Republic still fresh – called a timeout when a wide line drive by Grun gave the South Americans the lead. Argentina were playing with confidence and skill and they held off the Germans from 12-12 to 21-21 when a tipover and smash by Furst gave the Germans the lead again. An Argentine reception error allowed Ssuschke-Voigt to make an easy spike for setpoint and another reception error off the serving of Furst handed the set to Germany. 

Germany started the second set positively, with Ssuschke-Voigt and Furst coming up with a good kill and big block each, but three successive German errors allowed Argentina to close to within a point at 7-6. Grun started to find her range in the second phase and the Germans pulled away to 16-10 at the second TTO. Argentine coach Horacio Bastit called a timeout at 14-20 as his team gave away some soft points. Ssuschke-Voigt and Margareta Kozuch made successive blocks on Nizetich and another excellent block by the Germans – on Leticia Boscacci – brought up setpoint. Kozuch then arrowed a shot down the line to put Germany 2-0 up. 

Nizetech landed a couple of shots early on to give Argentina hope at the start of the third set, but Brinker and Burchardt responded for Germany. Two great blocks by Ssuschke-Voigt helped Germany pull away from 5-4 to 12-6 before a pair of hits by Fresco stopped the rot for Argentina, temporarily at least. Furst landed two more kills and then served an ace that put Germany 16-9 up at the second TTO. In the final phase, Argentina rediscovered how to block, but it was too late. A long shot by Nizetich brought up matchpoint and Kozuch finished things off with a strike that the Argentines couldn’t handle. 


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