PRESS RELEASE 30.09.2004


South American Men's Junior Championship - Brazil beats Chile in the match of the day

Santiago, Chile, September 29, 2004 - Despite some fantastic support from the home fans, Chile suffered their first defeat of the South American Men's Junior Championship when they went down to the power of favourites Brazil 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-18).

The 3,000 fans who packed into the Gimnasio Polideportivo de Ņuņoa could not hide their dream of a seeing Chile record their third victory in the competition, but their hopes lasted only 67 minutes.

The match started with both teams confirming their serves and making few mistakes at the net. But Brazil, whose team averages 1.96m in height (five centimeters more than Chile), soon began to hit their rhythm to take the first set easily.

The second set didn't bring any surprises. Chile tried to set its game, but faced a world power on the other side of the net. The Brazilians moved ahead and won by an incredible 13 points, showing the skills that took this generation of Volleyball players to the World Youth title in 2001 in Thailand.

In the final set, Brazil showed the best team work of the competition. Chile did what they could to level the match but the score always favored the visitors, who won in a canter.

In the first match of the third round, Paraguay (Group A) confirmed their good shape demonstrated at the beginning of the event and upset the weak Bolivian side 3-0 (25-20, 25-18 , 25-21). With this result, the "Guaranis" became Chile's main opponents for a spot at the semifinals.

Group B saw Colombia defeat Ecuador without conceding a set (25-19, 25-19, 25-19) thanks mainly to their better physical performance.