Colombia wins tough five-set battle to Argentina

CALI, Colombia, December 2, 2021. - Colombia won a tough five-set battle 3-2 (25-16, 21-25, 25-23, 20-25, 15-9) to Argentina in pool A of the women’s volleyball tournament of the I Junior Pan American Games on Thursday at Evangelista Mora Coliseo.


Colombia´s and Argentina´s performance was a display of velocity and force, with ups and downs from both sides. Colombia remains undefeated in pool A with 2-0 record and Argentina dropped to 1-1.


Colombia led 59-53 in attacks and 8-6 in aces, both teams scored 14 points from blocks and both allowed 25 points from unforced errors.


Colombian outside hitter Ana Karina Olaya led all scorers with impressive 26 points including 22 kills, middle blocker Valerin Carabali and outside hitter Laura Grajales added 15 and 13 points respectively.


On Argentina’s side, outside hitter Agostina Beltramino led with 15 points, joined by opposite hitter Juliana Ocaña and outside hitter Angeles Ligorría with 12 points each; middle blocker Azul Ulla scored the most blocks with 6 points.


Colombia (2-0) resumes pool-play on Friday against Mexico (1-1) and Argentina (1-1) facing Suriname (0-2).


Eduardo Niño, head coach of Colombia: “We had studied our opponent as well as every team, and they studied us; in the end things went our way. Our crucial zone was stable and we kept ourselves together.  Every team here has unstable moments and that’s why so many ups and downs. We need to be more patient in critical moments, which gives confidence individually and collectively”.


Pablo Martín, head coach of Argentina: “It was a balanced match, for moments we prevailed and others we prevailed against them; we sometimes received well and we were able to attack; we had difficulties controlling Colombian attackers. I think we had the chance to win the third set, it was hard. In the fourth we started well and we recovered, and in the tie-break they made some changes which we couldn’t find a solution for. We should have committed fewer errors”