Lucarelli's perfect storm enhances Brazil's record over Argentina


Brazil reached its 23rd victory over Argentina in World League history

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 17, 2016 – Ricardo Lucarelli was in blistering form as Brazil despatched Argentina in straight sets (25-21, 25-13, 26-24) to get its second victory in pool B of the World League.

The in-form Lucarelli was the only player to reach double figures on both sides, as he attacked the net with consistency. For Argentina, their struggles offensively were apparent with their top scorer, Cristian Poglajen with nine points.

Brazil went into the match hoping to continue their amazing record against their nearest rivals, as they went in search of a 23rd consecutive victory in the World League. Argentina were looking to bounce back from their most recent defeat to the USA, whilst Brazil were looking for back-to-back victories for the the first time since last years tournament. 

Leading Pool B after the first round, Brazil welcomed back two players that did not participate in the win over Iran as Douglas Souza and Isac Santos returned. On the other side, Argentina started the first set showing no fear of the neighbor rival that has a historic 22-0 in World League encounters. The Brazilian service was not working as well as the last match and the Argentinians were battling for each point and kept ahead on the board for a while, but the nine times World League Champions came back with a late performance of the block to get the set, 25-21.

The home team started the second part with more effectiveness on the service. The Argentinians were facing a hard time and were struggling to get a foothold in the set as Lucarelli and Lucas Saatkamp were leading the action on Brazil’s side. With a few outstanding saves, Sergio Santos powered up the Brazilian offence whilst Argentina continued their struggles. With Lucarelli on fire, Brazil got the second set 25-13 to take a 2-0 lead.

After the second set’s blackout, Argentina started the third set, with a better service and reception and took an early lead. The home team woke up from their slumber and fought back with Lucarelli attacking from all parts of the court and the defense increased its performance to take back the control. Douglas Souza, despite his young age, was comfortable as he continued to gain experience. The warmth from the stands also helped Brazil and with the 19th point of Lucaelli, Brazil got the third set 26-24 and the match 3-0.

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