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Two rookies battle it out for historic Olympic victory

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 11, 2016 - Argentina and Cameroon will open the fourth competition day in Pool A of the women’s volleyball tournament at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. History will be written on Friday since one of these Olympic rookies will record their first ever victory at the Games.

Furthermore, this match is an opportunity for both teams to win their first sets at the Olympics, since each of them has recorded three straight-set defeats so far in Rio. Cameroon (with better set point ratio) and Argentina are trailing in the current Pool A standings, on positions five and six, respectively, but still have a shot at making the quarterfinals. However, advancement in the tournament will likely become just a mirage for whoever loses the head-to-head game between these two teams.

Argentina and Cameroon have never met in an official international competition before.

Argentina’s last encounters with a CAVB team were the two matches with Kenya in Group 2 of FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2016. On both occasions, at home in Tucuman and in Wloclawek, Poland, the South Americans shut out this African opponent.

The only CSV team Cameroon’s Lionesses have ever met is that of Brazil. The South American giant beat the African side in straight sets twice – at the 2006 and the 2014 World Championships.

So far in Rio, Argentina lost to Russia, Brazil and Korea, in that order, while Cameroon lost to Brazil, Japan and Russia.

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