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Argentina defeats Germany in tiebreak match


Germany and Argentina battle at the net.

Montichiari, Italy, August 3, 2013 – In a tiebreak match, Argentina defeated Germany on Saturday at the 2013 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 3-2 (25-23, 13-25, 18-25, 25-21, 15-12).

The match was the first ever meeting between Argentina and Germany in World Grand Prix history. The last time the two teams met at an international tournament was at the 2011 World Cup, when Germany beat Argentina in straight sets.

Germany’s Brinker Maren was the lead scorer of the game, with 21 points, including 18 attacks. Argentina’s Sosa Emilce lead her team in points, with 18 total.

The first set began with Argentina piling on the points with good blocks and digs. Germany’s coach Giovanni

Guidetti’s side masked their mistakes with good services. German wing spiker Brinker Maren made five services (two aces and two points from Argentina’s mistakes) to drive her team ahead at 20-16. Germany immediately reacted  with powerful sets by Antonela Ayelen Castiglione  but Argentina took control of the set to win 25-23.

In the second set, Germany found concentration and game rhythm, but its offense was still weak. Germany’s captain Margareta Kozuch preformed an excellent  float serve, which proved difficult for Argentina organize any kind of counterattack. Germany continued ist lead to conquer the second set 25-13.

In the third set, floating service proved to be Germany’s winning solution., as the team lead 25-18.

In the fourth set, Argentina revived itself to open with a 10-7 lead. Germany was unable to recover the set and Argentina won 25-21, pushing the match into a tie break.

Argentina continued its momentium in the tiebreak fifth set with a valuable lead at 8-4, eventually wining the match set 15-12, and the 2.5 hour match 3-2.

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