Rosario, Argentina, August 27, 2017 - In front of a cheerful crowd in Rosario, hosts Argentina went back onto the winning track with a 3-1 (25-17, 25-19, 19-25, 30-28) over USA to finish the tournament in home soil at the seventh place.
Argentina had already finished seventh in 1991 in Portugal, but it was out of 12 participating teams, so this 6-2 record with 20 countries in contest counts as a solid improvement. On the other hand, USA was second-placed on the last two editions and now dropped to the eighth place.
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Local idol Sofia Meinardi topped the charts with 18 points, well supported by Angeles Ligorria who bagged 4 aces and a total of 13 points. Meanwhile, USA was headed by Kendall Kipp’s 15 units, Skylar Fields came from the bench to add 12 and Mica Allison chipped in with 10.
After a leveled start, Meinardi and Ligorria worked well on counterattack towards 21-15 and 25-17 scores for the hosts. Kipp and Meinardi led their sides at a much closer second set, but it was Salinas the one who helped Argentina to turn a 20-19 into a 25-19. USA found momentum as they moved to 11-6 and 17-12 next, to win the chapter 25-19 via Kipp and Allison, and the fourth set was a shifting contest - Argentina recovered from an 11-7 deficit with Ligorria’s serves to win it 16-14, USA rebounded to 20-18, two more aces by Ligorria formed a 22-21 local score and, at a tense finale, Corsaro blocked and closed the 30-28.