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FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD GRAND PRIX
MEDIA GUIDE 2013
The year 2013 represents the third consecutive year that
Argentina, ranked 19
th
in the world, have qualified for
the World Grand Prix and their first under new coach
Guillermo Orduna, who was formally an assistant to the
national squad and led the Argentine youth girls team.
Orduna will have most of the players who played in 2012
at his disposal including key scoring weapons Lucia Fresco,
Florencia Natasha Busquets and Josefina Fernandez
although one of the first things Orduna has done is
change the captaincy from Emilce Sosa, who remains in
the squad, to wing spiker Paula Yamila Nizetich.
Under former coach Horacio Bastit, Argentina had an
unbroken nine-year run of competing at the Pan-American
Cup and qualified for the Final Four twice.This year in Peru
they claimed only their second medal – a repeat of their
bronze from 2008. In 2009 and 2011, Argentina were
runners-up at the South American Championships behind
Brazil – the second performance earning them a wild card
entry for the FIVB World Cup where they finished 10
th
.
After a good showing at the 2010 Pan-American Cup
where they finished fifth, the senior squad was awarded
a spot in the 2011 World Grand Prix and they impressed
on debut with victories over Cuba and the Dominican
Republic to finish 14
th
.
COACH
Coach Orduna Guillermo is not
really new to the Argentina
women’s team as he was part of the
coaching staff from 1991 to 1996,
making his debut during the Pan-
American Games held in La Habana,
Cuba. He also coached the national
youth team, taking them to the World Championship in
Macau in 2005. He also coached the national women’s
Senior League during the 2005/06 season after which
he became assistant coach of the men’s senior national
team alongside Jon Uriarte. He was appointed coach of
the women’s senior national team in December 2012.
ARGENTINA
FIVB
WORLD
RANKING
19
LAST RESULT
BEST RESULT
14
th
2011
15
th
2012
Week 1
E
Week 2
I
Week 3
N
POOLS
Argentina’s 2011 Pan-American Cup performance (sixth)
also saw them qualify for the 2012 FIVBWorld Grand Prix
where they finished 15
th
while they qualified again for the
World Grand Prix with a fifth place finish at the 2012
edition.