Argentina qualify for 2014 Women's World Championship
San Juan, Argentina, October 20, 2013 - The Argentine Senior Women’s team have qualified for the FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Championship Italy 2014 by default, after Peru forfeited the final of the CSV 2014 Women’s World Championship Qualification Tournament during the third set on Sunday.
Argentina won 3-0 (25-0, 25-0, 25-0) after Peru’s coach Sung Jin Hong took the decision to withdraw his team with Argentina leading 25-20, 25-19, 13-9.
According to rule 6.4.1 of the FIVB’s rules and regulations, “If a team refuses to play after being summoned to do so, it is declared in default and forfeits the match with the result 0-3 for the match 0-25 for each set.”
Argentina started the match strongly, helped by Paula Yamila Nizetich and Lucia Fresco’s spikes. Peru could not outperform Argentina who reached the first technical time out with a score of 8-4, forcing Peru to replace setter Alexandra Munoz with Zoila La Rosa. Sung requested a technical time out when the score reached 11-7, after which time the Argentine team widened the score to 16-10 at the second technical timeout. With Nizetich as wing spiker, Argentina managed to widen the difference further, taking the score to 19-12. The first set was largely controlled by Argentina and with Fresco and Nizetich continued scoring, the side took their first set win of the match.
The second set started well for Peru but Argentina managed to pull ahead with a score of 8-5 at the first technical timeout, largely helped by their excellent blocking performance. The Argentine side continued to move ahead until the score reached 14-11 with several non-forced errors from the Peruvian side and following a yellow card for Lucia Fresco, the score was brought to 17-12. With Emilce Sosa’s great performance as middle player and Yael Castiglione’s setting, the host team managed a 22-15 lead and then took the score to 24-19. Yamila Nizetich secured the necessary point for her side, giving Argentina the second set of the match and with the two set win, through round robin pool play, Argentina automatically secured it place at the 2014 World Championship.
Heading into the third set, the Argentine side stepped onto the court with Tatiana Rizzo as wing spiker. Although Peru improved their performance at the start of the third set taking the score to 9-8 and then to 13-9, their withdrawal left them in third place in the final standing of the tournament.
Argentina will represent the South American continent together with Brazil at next year’s FIVB Women’s World Championship event in Italy. Brazil secured the first of the two vacancies available to the South American Confederation when it won the women’s South American Championship that took place in Peru in September.
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