San Juan, Argentina, July 31, 2016 – At a packed Aldo Cantoni Arena on Saturday, Argentina overcame Mexico 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-18) in a warm-up match for the Olympic Games.
Bruno Lima was the top scorer with 12 points.
Facundo Conte’s strong serves and perfect blocking by the whole team put Argentina in control at the start as they built up leads of 8-3 and 16-6. Powerful spikes and errors by the Mexicans allowed Argentina to cruise through the first set.
In the second set, Mexico improved, limiting Argentina to a two-point advantage at the first technical timeout. Mexico also served better but Argentina stood firm to build up a strong lead and take the set.
Mexico started better in the third set, taking the lead for the first time as they went 5-3 ahead. The introduction of Pablo Crer’s big spikes and Martin Ramos’ blocking turned the set Argentina’s way but Mexico were still only two points back at 14-12. Argentina coach Julio Velasco used Jose Luis Gonzalez, Demian Gonzalez and Pablo Crer to press home their advantage and they were then able to close out the match.
Prior to the match, the governor of San Juan Province presented a plate to San Juan Olympic representatives Bruno Lima and Rodrigo Quiroga.