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2010 FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championship

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Argentina post historic first win over Venezuela

Argentina players celebrate the victory
Reggio Calabria, Italy, September 25, 2010 – Argentina's big guns Facundo Conte and Rodrigo Quiroga led their team to a stunning 3-0 victory over Venezuela (25-23, 25-17, 25-18) in the opening pool D match of the 2010 Men’s Volleyball World championship at the PalaCalafiore hall in Reggio Calabria, Italy on Saturday. Conte was the top scorer with 18 points while captain Quiroga used his experience to score the critical points in each set. Carlos Tejeda was Venezuela's best scorer (11 points). The victory was the first for Argentina over their South American counterparts in the history of their head-to-head matches.
The match started very competitively with both teams concentrating on defence to stifle their opponent’s attacks. Quiroga made the difference, deceiving Venezuela's block several times to give his team an 8-7 lead at the first technical timeout. Venezuela rearranged their block efficiently through Freddy Cedano and Ivan Marquez to stop Argentina attacks from the wings and lead 16-15 at the second technical timeout. But Venezuela then committed several mistakes in the backline defence and in attack, allowing Argentina to steal the set 25-23.

A highly motivated Argentina started the second set with greater discipline as setter Luciano De Cecco began to combine well with Quiroga and Conte whose razor-sharp spikes gave Argentina a 6-2 lead before being pegged back to 8-7 at the first technical timeout. But Venezuela’s defensive aberrations then allowed Argentina to dominate completely until they won the set 25-17 to lead 2-0.

In the third set Venezuela fought back through their blockers and used the wing spikers to penetrate Argentina's block, especially Carlos Tejeda. But Argentina regained their composure and Luciano De Cecco and Conte helped them to a 10-8 lead. The Venezuelan coach called a timeout at 13-10 in an attempt to save the match by changing to quick attacks he succeeded in keeping the points deficit at two until Conte again emerged to finish the job for his team and win the third set 25-18.

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