Argentina advances to quarterfinals after beating Serbia
After defeating Serbia in a Round of 16 match that took place on Tuesday in Gliwice, Argentina advanced to the quarterfinals of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship 2022.
Argentina’s victory came in straight sets. The South American team turned in an outstanding performance, both individually and collectively, and cruised to a 3-0 victory (25-23, 25-21, and 25-23). In the process, they handed the Europeans their first loss of the competition, which also turned out to be their last.
In the later hours of Tuesday, Argentina will learn who they will face in the quarterfinal round on Thursday. Brazil and Iran will compete against one another in Gliwice to determine who will earn the eighth and final berth in the World Championship’s best eight teams. The match will begin at 21:00 local time (19:00 GMT).
Argentina fell behind by three or four points in each of the first two sets of the match, but they were able to fight back and win the match without suffering any damage. The Serbians were blocking pretty well, but the Argentineans were blocking even better, and it was the factor that proved to be the most important one in determining who would ultimately prevail.
Agustin Loser, who plays in the middle blocker position, had an outstanding game in both spiking and blocking. He dominated the net. He racked up four successful kill blocks. After winning the first point, he brought the score of the first set to 13-13. The second basket he made put his team ahead by two points, giving them a score of 21-19.
Then, Loser’s successful swing brought in set point at 24-22, which was quickly converted to a win by outside hitter Ezequiel Palacios with a massive block. The final score was 25-23 in favor of Loser. Argentina gained their first lead of the match in the second set on a Loser’s block at the 20-19 point.
Additionally, he won the first point of the third set by using same strategy. The middle hitter, who is 24 years old, was also the most effective spiker of the match. She had eight kills and an 89% success rate during the match. His shot off the block brought in match point at the end of the game, which put the score at 24-22. After a brief pause, he then converted it himself with another attack, bringing the score to 25-23.
After dropping the first set, Serbia began the second with backup opposite Dusan Petkovic on the court rather than Aleksandar Atanasijevic. This was because Petkovic had a better chance of winning. Petkovic came storming in and promptly served up two aces in a row, putting his team up 2-0.
However, it was the outside hitter for Argentina, Facundo Conte, who served two aces in a succession to finish off the set with a score of 25-21. At the end of the game, Conte finished with 13 points, one point short of Bruno Lima’s match high of 14, which was all in offensive. Conte’s points came from two kill blocks and nine spiking points. Lima finished in first place on the scorers’ chart during the match with a hit success percentage of 67%.
Luciano De Cecco, the playmaker for the Argentinean spikers, earned three points of his own in between his amazing sets. One of those points was the massive block that his side used to regain the lead at 6-5 in the third set. Later on in the set, the captain produced his most brilliant play of the match by pretending to spike the ball but instead jump-setting it for middle blocker Martin Ramos, who put the ball away for a point that made the score 21-18.
“We were pretty impressive!” We are proud of how we fought and how the match turned out, especially considering how difficult Serbia are to beat. We played terrific volleyball against an incredible squad. It’s unbelievable! After the game, De Cecco made his statement. “In terms of technique, we played quite well. Serving was another area in which we performed really well. Maybe we stunk it up in the previous three games, but tonight we performed really well, and we had a lot of fun doing it.
Uros Kovacevic, a great outside hitter for Serbia, led all scorers on his team with 13 points, including an ace that came off the net to cut the deficit to just one point at 23-22 in the money time of the third set. Srecko Lisinac, who plays in the middle blocker position, contributed another 12, including two blocks and ten kills for a success percentage of 67% in offense. Marko Podrascanin, a fellow middle blocker, led the attackers with four stuffs, including two in a row to bring the score to 9-6 in the second set.
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