Argentinian playmaker Maximiliano Cavanna is set to impress us again at the second edition of the FIVB Volleyball National League, hoping his team will do better this year.
Cavanna’s near-flawless record of 995 running sets and only five faults at the last year’s VNL secured Argentina four wins out of 15 matches, including a victory over the 9-time gold medalist Brazil.
”I felt very comfortable,” the 30-year-old setter told fivb.com. ”We could have won more matches for sure, but we did not manage to maintain the high level throughout the VNL.
If we were more consistent, we could do better.”
The 2018 World Championship was a déjà vu for the South American volleyballers. They have won three out of eight matches, with a neck-to-neck win against the world champions Poland shocking fans across the globe.
Again, the 1.88m-tall setter points to the lack of inconsistency as a reason for such an erratic performance.
”We were not consistent enough – we played very good volleyball at some moments and not so good in others. But we played as equals against great teams and beat the current champs,” Cavanna remarked .
We are yet to see whether the team will find their flow as the second VNL draws close. The home terrain is on their side, with Argentina hosting the first weekend of pool matches. From May 31 through June 2, three of the Challenger squads will fight for their spot in the elite competition; Canada, Bulgaria and Portugal.
“Playing at Mendoza is going to be an awesome experience since it is a province that breathes volleyball. I hope we can bring joy to our people with some good results.”
Cavanna was also recently named the Best Setter at the South American Club Championship, even though his Argentinian club UPCN San Juan took silver. It was Brazil’s Sada Cruzeiro Volei Belo Horizonte who snatched the gold out of their hands in February, after a tough four sets played at the Minas Arena.
“It was a very beautiful final against a tough opponent. I congratulate Sada Cruzeiro because they were better,” Cavanna commented.
“It is nice to be recognized with an individual award, but it would have been nicer to win the final. The experience was very good, the tournament was great and the organization was excellent.’”
Perhaps this year, the fans’ driving force might turn the tide of his national team’s score and bring Argentina their first gold at FIVB Men’s National League. After all, as Cavanna says;
“…Representing our country in front of the fans supporting Argentina – it’s always something beautiful.”