MATCH INFO

Argentina win five-set thriller versus Slovakia


Argentina celebrate their epic win over Slovakia

Ankara, Turkey, August 13, 2011. Slovakia faced No. 1 of Pool B Argentina in the second match of the first round at Ankara Sports Hall. After a tough fight of 118 minutes, Argentina overpowered their opponents 3-2 (23-25, 25-18, 25-23, 23-25, 15-5) to qualify as first Pool B team for the final round.

Best scorer of the match was Argentinian spiker Priscila Bosio with 18 points, whilst Slovakian Nikola Pistelakova followed her with 14 points.

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The first part of the match showed long rallies and great actions. Slovakia led 8-7 at the first technical timeout. Two tricky serves of Slovakia forced Argentina’s coach Guillermo Caceres to exchange players, with as result a better play for his team. The two squads kept on fighting point for point with solid defense and block. In the crucial moments at the end of the set, Slovakia found the better solutions. Andrea Strbova led her teammates to a hard-fought 1-0 set lead.

Slovakia seemed to be satisfied after the first set. Argentina took their opportunity to come back into the match with an 8-6 lead at the first break.  The substitution of Slovakian middle blocker Stumpelova didn’t change the mind-set of the team, who couldn’t stop the strong attacks of Argentinian captain Bosio (best team scorer in the set with 8 points).

Argentina took an early 8-5 lead at the first technical timeout in set No. 3. Nevertheless, Bosio got a yellow card at 11-12, giving Slovakia the chance to come back. Both teams showed great fighting spirit. The last five points of the set were the most thrilling ones, with continued rebounds and beautiful attacks. Argentina kept cool to win the set in extremis, 25-23.

It took a long time to decide the winner of the fourth set. At the first break, Argentina led 8-6, but Slovakia was still focused on the match, and Pistelakova tried to bring her team as close as possible to their rivals. The scoreboard showed 15-11 for Argentina at the second technical timeout, and some moments the South Americans even led by six points at 20-14. Tatiana Bibkova came in to help her team moving. Indeed, the Slovakian girls were still full of energy and kept on scoring point by point to fight back bravely. At the end, Argentina did too many mistakes, giving their opponents the chance to keep their hopes alive.

Finally, the last and crucial set had to decide the destiny of the two teams.  After a fight of almost two hours, Argentina showed their best to take an early 8-5 in the fifth set. The Slovakian girls tried to come back thanks to the substitution of Suslikova, but some marvelous blocks of Argentina didn’t give them the opportunity to dream on. Argentina closed it out, booking Pool B’s first final round ticket.


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