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Brazil wins gold at U-18 Pan Am Cup

 
Brazilian girls after the awards ceremony in Guatemala City on Saturday night

Guatemala City, Guatemala, May 5, 2013 – Brazil survived an exciting five-set battle of 2 hours and 29 minutes against Puerto Rico to claim the gold medal of the U-18 Girls Pan American Cup with a 20-25, 25-19, 25-13, 23-25, 15-12 victory at Teodoro Palacios Flores Gymnasium on Saturday.

Drussyla Costa with 20 points and Gabriela Candido and Lana Conceicao who each contributed 18 were Brazil’s top scorers. For Puerto Rico, Genesis Miranda registered 22 points.

In the match for the bronze medal, Dominican Republic defeated Argentina 3-1 (25-16, 25-17, 20-25, 25-22) with Brayelin Martinez and Gaila Gonzalez leading the way with 24 and 19 points respectively.

“Our first title in this age-group category is an important one because the girls grow as players,” Brazil’s coach Mauricio Thomas said. “Puerto Rico had a lot of heart and courage.”

“We played three spectacular sets out of five and the girls did a splendid job,” Puerto Rico’s coach Juan Carlos Rodriguez commented.

In the consolation round, Chile edged Peru in five sets (16-25, 25-14, 17-25, 25-16, 16-14) for fifth place while Colombia blanked hosts Guatemala (25-18, 25-14, 25-13) for seventh place.

Final Positions
1. Brazil
2. Puerto Rico
3. Dominican Republic
4. Argentina
5. Chile
6. Peru
7. Colombia
8. Guatemala.

Individual Awards

Most Valuable Player: Lais Vasques BRA
Best Scorer: Catalina Melo CHI
Best Spiker: Laura Sotomayor CHI
Best Blocker: Laiza Ferreira BRA
Best Server: Laura Sotomayor CHI
Best Digger: Lais Vasques BRA
Best Setter: Wilmarie Rivera PUR
Best Receiver: Okiana Valle PUR
Best Libero: Lais Vasques BRA

Top scorers by day
23– Patricia Montero of Puerto Rico v Colombia on 29-4-13
23–Catalina Melo of Chile v Puerto Rico on 30-4-13
25– Catalina Melo of Chile v Colombia on 1-5-13
25– Sol Piccolo of Argentina v Chile on 2-5-13
33– Catalina Melo of Chile v Colombia on 3-5-13
28– Catalina Melo of Chile v Peru on 4-5-13

Top scoring performances
33- Catalina Melo of Chile v Colombia on 3-5-13
28 – Catalina Melo of Chile v Peru on 4-5-13
26- Brayelin Martinez of Dominican Rep v P. Rico on 3-5-13                                   
25- Catalina Melo of Chile v Colombia on 1-5-13
25- Sol Piccolo of Argentina v Chile on 2-5-13

Top blocking performances
6- Genesis Miranda of Puerto Rico v Colombia on 29-4-13
6- Yamilet Velazquez of Puerto Rico v Colombia on 29-4-13
6- Gaila Gonzalez of Dominican Republic v Brazil on 29-4-13
6- Yeisy Soto of Colombia v Chile on 3-5-13
6- Aldana Tibaldo of Argentina v Brazil on 3-5-13
6- Laiza Ferreira of Brazil v Puerto Rico on 4-5-13

Top serving performances
8- Patricia Monter of Puerto Rico v Guatemala on 1-5-13
8- Karla Santos of Puerto Rico v Guatemala on 1-5-13
7- Mayra Sandoval of Peru v Guatemala on 3-5-13

Highest scoring sets
30-28 Chile v Argentina (2nd set) on 2-5-13
27-25 Dominican Republic v Brazil (2nd set) on 29-4-13
27-25 Brazil v Argentina (1st set) on 3-5-13
26-24 Chile v Colombia (3rd set) on 3-5-13

Highest scoring matches
202 – Brazil d Puerto Rico 3-2 (20-25, 25-19, 25-13, 23-25, 15-12) on 4-5-13
201–  Puerto Rico d Peru 3-2 (25-18, 18-25, 21-25, 25-20, 15-9) on 2-5-13
200 – P. Rico d Dominican Rep 3-2 (25-19, 25-23, 19-25, 15-25, 15-9) on 3-5-13
193 – Chile d Peru 3-2 (25-16, 14-25, 25-17, 16-25, 16-14) on 4-5-13

 


 



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