F I V B  FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DE VOLLEYBALL
PRESS RELEASE 16.08.2003

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Gold Medal for Venezuela at Pan am Games

Venezuela gave Cuba a lesson of good volleyball and dominated in straight sets the defending champions of men's volleyball in the Pan American Games with score of 25-23, 25-18, 25-20.
Harry Gomez, who led all the scorers in the tournament with 105 points, combined with Thomas Ereu with 14 points apiece in leading the new champions.
Earlier, world champions Brazil won the bronze medal with a straight sets (25-23, 25-17, 25-20) against the USA-
Cuba was ahead 23-22 thanks to a smash of Tomas Aldzabal, but Venezuela came back on the shoulders of Gomez, who scored the last three points with cannon shots.
The next two sets were one-sided. In the second the teams tied at 3-all and Venezuela made a rally to take a 14-7 lead and cruise the rest of the way. The third was very similar with the sides equaled at 5-all and Venezuela taking a 16-10 lead in route to the gold medal.
At 25-20 the serve of Maikel Salas was too long and the Pan American Games had a new champion.
Led by Gomez, they made a victory lap carrying the Venezuelan flag and cheered by dozens of fans with their faces painted with the colors of the flag.
Pavel Pimienta had 10 points for Cuba and Osmany Juantorena had 9.
In the bronze medal match, Giba Godoy and Anderson Rodrigues had 17 points apiece and Nalbert Bitencourt contributed with 10. Giba scored 15 of his 24 spikes attempts and Rodrigues was even more effective with 12 out of 18. Brook Billings was the top American scorer with 9 points.

The awards:
Best Player: Harry Gomez (VEN)
Best Attacker: Ronald Mendez (VEN)
Best Server: Gabriel Gardner (USA)
Best Blocker: Gustavo Endres (Brazil)
Best Setter: Rodman Valera (VEN)
Best Receiver: Yasser Portuondo (CUB)
Best Defense: Nalbert Bitencourt (BRA)
Best Libero: Sergio Santos (BRA)


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