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Argentina breeze to their third win with a solid display over Japan


Kunihiro Shimizu led all Japanese scorers but his efforts were not enough as Argentina showed a stronger display

Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 8, 2014 - In one of their best outputs so far, Argentina cruised past Japan in Lomas de Zamora 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-15) and earned their third World League win, just before their world trip with six away matches in a row. 

The home side mixed the efforts from Facundo Conte, who topped the charts with 17 kills, Lucas Ocampo and Pablo Bengolea, who respectively added 12 and 10 points. Kunihiro Shimizu uncorked 16 tallies for a Japanese side that remains winless in the competition.

Argentina began the game with Conte back to his original wing-spiker role, while Bengolea performed as opposite. And it was Bengolea the key for the home team to tie the game at 11-11 after a good Japanese start. Both teams exchanged spikes, until an amazing shot by Facundo Conte gave Argentina a slim advantage at 16-15. Japan lost some focus and Argentina advanced to 19-16, but a while later the Asians used some smart serves to level the game at 21-21. However, Nicolás Uriarte nailed a serve on the backline at 24-22 and Martín Ramos blocked the next ball to finish the set. 

In another close start, Conte smashed a free ball after a serve from Ramos 4-3, but Shimizu answered and Japan arrived ahead to the 1st TTO by just one point. When the game restarted, Uriarte delivered another ace to restore the lead for their side at 10-8, and Bengolea and Conte added three blocks en-route to a 16-14 score. This time the break was positive for Japan, as Shimizu led the team to a 6-0 sprint to change the plot of the game 20-16. However, Gustavo Porporatto renewed the home team and fellow middle-blocker Ramos chained two blocks at 24-23, allowing Conte, later on, to close the set by 26-24. 

For the first time on the entire weekend, Argentina built a four-point opening lead at the third chapter, by 8-4 combining efforts from Conte and Ocampo. Uriarte landed a ball on Japanese court and Argentina escaped to 11-5, showing their best shape of the entire weekend. Ramos contributed on the attack and Uriarte shone with a one-handed back set for Conte at 16-9. Ocampo teamed up with Conte as Argentina piled up spike after spike 22-13, Uriarte set for Ramos down in one knee at 24-14 and, in the second chance, Ocampo fired a back-row spike at 25-15.
 

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