The key to this match was our serve, says Velasco


Hamamatsu, Japan, September 13, 2015 – Argentina defeated Tunisia 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-20) in the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup at Hamamatsu Arena on Sunday.

Argentina coach Julio Velasco: "I think the key to the match was our service because it created problems for Tunisia’s reception. (Luciano) Zornetta’s floating serves especially made a lot of problems for Tunisia. Also, Tunisia didn’t have a lot of international matches and yesterday they played a very long match and I think today they were very tired."

Argentina captain Luciano De Cecco: "We think it was important for us to win this match. Tunisia played very well in the first part of the match. We tried to play with continuity and defence and blocking, and after that it made things a bit easier. We were happy to win and now we’re thinking about our next game and a day off. I think the best thing in the five games so far is we could defend a lot and touch a lot of balls in blocking with the big teams, with Russia and Poland and Iran. And maybe we can play better with continuity for the next part of the World Cup. What’s important for us is to play better every game."

Tunisia coach Fathi Mkaouar: "It was an honour to play against Argentina, a strong team. It was a high-level match. We played them last year and since then Argentina have become much better and today they play at a high level. They have a great coach in Mr Velasco and they are very difficult to play against. As Mr Velasco said, we have little international experience. Even if we have hard domestic training games, it’s not enough. We need to raise our technique to the international level. But every game helps us learn something new that makes our team better."

Tunisia captain Marouen Garci: "We played well in all elements today. We were better than yesterday. The difference between the two teams is more about experience and losing points at crucial moments. We’ve lost five games but we’ve gained experience, but we need more stability."


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