London 2012: Team GB bow out of Olympics with straight-sets loss to Argentina
18:36 06 August 2012
Another battling effort from Team GB men’s volleyball team is in vain as Argentina take victory.
Team GB men’s volleyball bowed out of the Olympics with a straight sets loss at the hands of Argentina today.
Their opposition, ranked eighth in the world, forged into an early 8-2 lead as GB started slowly.
Mitcham’s Dami Bakare gave Britain a boost with a fine spike and former London Docklands player Nathan French picked up another point as the hosts rallied.
Another spike from Bakare pulled the deficit back to just three at 12-9, but that hope disappeared as Argentina took hold of the set by the scruff of their neck to forge into a 17-11 lead, which they turned into a 25-18 opening set win.
GB won the first point of the second set, but coach Harry Brokking called a time-out with the hosts 6-3 down.
Mark McGivern’s unconventional serve gave Britain renewed hope as they picked up four points in succession to move back into contention at 13-11 and 14-13 down.
Argentina survived the scare though to move 20-15 ahead and sealed the set again 25-18.
And despite a mammoth effort from the 92nd ranked team they were unable to gain a foothold in the third, as their chances of at least gaining a set at the Games all but vanished very quickly.
They went 4-2 down before Brokking called another time-out and although keeping themselves in the set, the Brits couldn’t find the consistency to pull together a series of points.
With the writing on the wall GB lost another point for their persistent protesting to the line judge and that moved Argentina to within a point of the match, which they sealed in fashion to complete a clean sweep with a 25-15 third set win.