11. 08. 2019

OQT M: Argentina break ice, become first team to progress to Olympics via Qualifications

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Argentina became the first national team to advance to the Men’s Volleyball Tournament of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics via FIVB International Qualifier.

 

POOL F (Ningbo, China)

In a direct duel for the top spot in Pool F in Ningbo, and accordingly to a spot in the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Argentina beat hosts China by a 3-2 (19-25, 25-22, 25-21, 18-25, 15-9) in the last round. The South Americans have qualified for the event in the Japanese capital, already by taking the lead in sets of a 2-1.

The third set could have easily gone in the opposite direction as China squandered the lead of a 5-1. China needed a 3-0/3-1 victory today, while any other scoreline would suite Argentina.

The team coached by Marcelo Méndez finished the competition in the pool with all 3 wins and 8 points. China and Canada, who defeated Finland in straight sets, collected 5 points each.

Facundo Conte scored 13 points for Argentina, while Méndez took the advantage of the fact that his team qualified to the Olympics after three sets to send all 14 players registered for the match at some point. As much as 12 of them scored, at least, one point. Jiang Chuan tallied 27 points, including 3 aces, for the Asians.

This is the point the brought Argentina a place in the Olympic Games.

POOL A (Varna, Bulgaria):

Egypt – Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-17, 31-29, 25-17)

Bulgaria – Brazil 2-3 (25-23, 25-19, 30-32, 16-25, 11-15)

POOL B (Rotterdam, the Netherlands):

Netherlands – USA 1-3 (18-25, 20-25, 25-17, 21-25)

South Korea – Belgium 0-3 (25-27, 21-25, 24-26)

POOL C (Bari, Italy):

Cameroon – Australia 0-3 (17-25, 16-25, 18-25)

Serbia - Italy 0-3 (16-25, 19-25, 19-25)

POOL D (Gdańsk, Poland):

France – Tunisia 3-1 (25-21, 20-25, 25-19, 25-22)

Poland - Slovenia 3-1 (21-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-21)

POOL E (Saint Petersburg, Russia):

Cuba – Mexico 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-22)

Russia - Iran 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-23)

POOL F (Ningbo, China):

Canada - Finland 3-0 (25-16, 26-24, 25-20)

China – Argentina 2-3 (25-19, 22-25, 21-25, 25-18, 9-15)

Standings

 

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