Argentina and Serbia Victorious in 5-Set Matches to Open Pool H

  0 Blair Lambert | September 21st, 2018 | European volleyball, International Volleyball, News, South American Volleyball


  • Sept. 21-23, 2018
  • Palace of Culture and Sports; Varna, Bulgaria
  • Pool H: #3 Poland, #7 Argentina, #9 France, #11 Serbia

Serbia got themselves back into contention to win Pool H with a 3-2 win over France. The French have found themselves in a deeper hole with that defeat. Argentina is holding on to just a slight chance of advancing, but they showed they are not going down without a fight. They scored a 3-2 upset over previously undefeated Argentina.

ARGENTINA DEF. POLAND 3-2 (16-25, 25-18, 25-23, 23-25, 16-14)

  • Argentina moves to 3-3; Poland falls to 5-1
  • Match Stats
  • P2 Stat Page (Not Published)
  • Attendance: (Not Published)

Argentina’s coach, Julio Velasco, through everything he could at the defending World Champions in order to stay alive in the tournament. He utilized all 14 players on his roster in the tie-break victory. Only 3 players started in every set: Cristian PoglajenSebastian Sole, and Maximiliano Cavanna. The lineup experiments and adjustments led to a vital victory for the Argentinian side.

Poglajen led the scoring for Argentina with 14 points on 12 kills, 1 block, and 1 service ace. Jose Luis Gonzalez came on as a substitute in the first set and played through the fourth set on his way to 12 points. Those points came on 9 kills, 2 blocks, and a service ace. Sebastian Sole contributed 10 points in the middle on 8 kills and 2 blocks. Facundo Conte, coming off of a 33-point performance against Japan on Tuesday, only scored 5 points and was relegated to the bench after the second set.

Poland was led by Artur Szalpuk and his match-high 19 points. He hit 50% on his way to 18 kills and also chipped in 1 block from the outside hitter position. The other outside hitter, Aleksander Sliwka scored 13 points on 11 kills and 2 blocks. Coach Vital Heynen used both Bartosz Kurek and Dawid Konarski at opposite. Kurek started the match and scored 8 points on 7 kills and 1 block. He was replaced by Konarski in the third set. Konarski finished the match with 11 points from 9 kills and 2 blocks. Jakub Kochanowski led the match with 5 blocks for Poland.

Konarski remains optimistic after this setback. “We are dissapointed for, but we have everything in our hands in the upcoming matches,” he said. “I hope we will win them.”

SERBIA DEF. FRANCE 3-2 (22-25, 26-24, 25-20, 18-25, 18-16)

Aleksandar Atanasijevic tied the record for points in a match at the FIVB World Championships with 38 points, and Serbia needed every single last one of them to get the victory. This point total included a match-high 6 points in the tie-break set. The opposite for Perugia tallied 35 kills on 54 swings for a 64.8% attack efficiency. He also chipped in 2 blocks and an ace.

Uros Kovacevic scored 16 points from the left side on 13 kills, 2 blocks, and 1 ace. Serbia used Marko Ivovic to start the match at the other outside hitter position, but after only scoring 1 point in the first few sets, he was replaced by Nemanja Petric. Serbia‘s captain scored 8 points on 6 kills and 2 blocks.

Srecko Lisinac scored 12 points in the middle for Serbia. His points came on 8 kills, 3 blocks, and 1 ace. Nikola Jovovic set Serbia to a 51.9% hitting percentage as a team.

France got 34 points out of Stephen Boyer. The opposite who just signed with BluVolley Verona in Italy put away 29 kills, and a match-high tying 5 blocks. Nicolas LeGoff also contributed 5 blocks from the middle blocker position. He finished with 10 points as he also tallied 5 kills. Earvin N’Gapeth was held in relative check by Serbia. The flashy outside hitter scored 15 points on 13 kills, 1 block, and 1 ace.

Kevin LeRoux was back in the starting lineup for France, but only scored 1 point in 3 sets of action. He was replaced by Barthélémy Chinenyeze, who only scored 2 points on 2 kills. Kevin Tillie came off the bench in the 3rd set and scored 9 points from 9 kills with an amazing 91% attack average on the outside.

France‘s head coach Laurent Tillie voiced his frustration with his team’s inability to close out tight matches. “We lost too many matches 3-2 in this World Championship and it is always the same – we think we have the match in our hands and then we make some bad choices, bad mistakes. It is pity because we were playing well today.”


Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1  Poland 5 1 16 17 6 2.833 551 448 1.230
2  Serbia 5 1 14 17 9 1.889 585 540 1.083
3  France 3 3 12 15 10 1.500 566 529 1.070
4  Argentina 3 3 8 13 13 1.000 580 575 1.009


Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
21 Sep 17:00 Serbia  3–2  France 22–25 26–24 25–20 18–25 18–16 109–110 P2 Report
21 Sep 20:40 Poland  2–3  Argentina 25–16 19–25 23–25 25–23 14–16 106–105  
22 Sep 17:00 Serbia   Argentina     0–0  
22 Sep 20:40 Poland   France     0–0  
23 Sep 17:00 France   Argentina     0–0  
23 Sep 20:40 Poland   Serbia     0–0  

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