Argentina finishes with 2-1 mark in Pool A



TORONTO, Canada, July 20, 2015 – Argentina overcame Canada in four sets 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-21) on Monday to finish Pool A at the women’s volleyball tournament of the Pan American Games with a 2-1 win-loss mark, good at least for a second place.


Argentinean Paola Nizetich led all the players in the match with 19 points, getting plenty support from Leticia Boscacci with 15 points and Emilce Sosa and Julieta Lazcano each with 12. Yael Castiglione and Josefina Fernandez contributed 8 and 7 points in the win.


Canadian Kyla Richey finished with 18 points, including five blocks, followed by Tabitha Love and Shanice Marcelle had 16 and 10, respectively.


Guillermo Orduña, Coach of Argentina: “We have to go step by step. This is about playing one match at a time. We had been beaten by Canada a few days before (at the Grand Prix). I liked the way my team solved every detail during the match. They are a group of girls who like to take revenge and today we won despite some injuries suffered by Mimi (Sosa, hip) and our captain (Paula) Nizetich (foot).”


Yael Castiglione, player of Argentina: “It is a great satisfaction to get this victory. It was somehow a sweet revenge after we lost to them at home during the Grand Prix. There is a rivalry between the two teams and it was not easy with a lot of pressure. I am 100 percent confident of the capacity of our team for the rest of the tournament and hopefully get one of the medals.”


Paula Nizetich, Captain of Argentina: “I am so glad for this result. We had fought a lot as we had to break them with our defense and their blocking game and work hard against their opposite players (Love and Pavan). We expect to improve our control of the ball to be ready for our next match.”


Arnd Ludwig, Coach of Canada: “It was a very tough match to get into. We were not very sharp at the beginning of the game, but I think we did things a little bit better during the match. Today our blocking was not as good we were not disciplined in block. We did too much moving in block and that was easier for Argentina to score against us in attack. We did not put enough pressure on the serve and these were the two main things we failed: serve and block”.


Rebecca Pavan, Player of Canada: “Argentina is always a really tough game for us. They are a talented team and they have a lot of experience. Two weeks ago we defeated them at their home (at Grand Prix) and they came back fired up. We were fired up too and they just took the best of us today.”


Shanice Marcelle, player of Canada: “We were able to play at their same level for the first two sets but then we started to lose the energy. I still hope we will be there in the quarterfinals depending on the result of the next match.”