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Excitement builds as Argentina and France prepare for ties in Mendoza

Argentina trained at Polideportivo Torito Rodríguez on Thursday
Mendoza, Argentina, May 23, 2014 - For the second year in a row, Mendoza province will witness world-class volleyball action when Argentina host France in their 2014 Volleyball World League Pool D opener scheduled this weekend.

Argentina, who will play their first official match with legendary coach Julio Velasco at the helm, take on the French side at Polideportivo Torito Rodríguez on Saturday at 21.30 and at 22.00 on Sunday (local times). The venue welcomes the World League for the second consecutive year after a great experience in 2013, which featured the classic South American duel between the home squad and Brazil.

Argentina and France have met 14 times, winning seven matches each. France, however, arrive in Argentina on the back of two victories against their rivals in Salta in 2013. 

The European side landed in Mendoza on Thursday afternoon, without Kevin Le Roux, Thibault Rossard and Julien Lyneel, who are injured. Star player Antonin Rouzier, however, is present, as well as young talent Earvin Ngapeth, who was the best receiver in last year’s edition.

Meanwhile, Argentina has been training at the venue since Wednesday, after a successful encounter with Tunisia in Buenos Aires. The local favourites will have their key player Facundo Conte back on court, who was absent for a whole year. Some new faces will also be making an appearance, including World League debutants Sebastián Garrocq and Sebastián Closter.


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