Seven-time national champions UPCN Voley dominated the first half of the regular season of the 2020-2021 Argentinean League as the team coached by the veteran Miguel Armoa ended the nine-day long opening stage of the tournament undefeated with six wins and just two sets lost along the way.
UPCN confirmed their dominance in the initial phase of the Argentinean League with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-21) victory over Obras in the San Juan Derby that concluded the first stage of the tournament in Parana. Obras, who were also undefeated until that match, finished second with five wins in six matches.
Veteran setter and team captain Sebastian Brajkovic did a masterful job coordinating the team’s offence and was voted best player of the match. The 38-year-old setter, who’s in his second stint with the club, distributed play in such a way that outside hitter Alejandro Toro, who was a member of the Argentinean national team during the 2017 and 2018 international seasons, ended the match as UPCN’s top scorer with 12 points.
Middle blockers Pablo Guzman and Jose Junior and outside hitter Valdir ‘Juninho’ Goncalves scored eight each for the winners. Obras were helped by opposite Juan Bucciarelli, who led all scorers with 14 points, and outside hitter Ramiro Nielson, who added 12.
With the first half of the season completed, Ciudad Voley rank third (three wins, three losses), Paracao Voley fourth (three wins, three losses), UVT Voley fifth (two wins, four losses), Defensores de Banfield sixth (one win, five losses) and Once Unidos close the list at seventh (one win, five losses).
Ciudad’s outside hitter and Chilean national team captain Dusan Bonacic was the top scorer of the opening stage with 99 points. UPCN’s Guzman was the most efficient blocker with 15 points, while UVT’s opposite Geronimo Elgueta led in aces with 11.
The Argentinean League is being played in a bubble system and the second and final part of the regular season is set to take place from February 18-26 in Mar Del Plata. The city successfully hosted the season-opening Argentinean Cup in December, which ended with UPCN at the top of the podium.
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