Brazil, Argentina and Chile on Men's Junior South American podium
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 1, 2014 - The youth teams of Argentina and Brazil, which had already secured a place in next year's age-group World Championship competition, staged a grand party at the Saquarema Development Center, Rio de Janeiro for the final of the Men's Junior South American Championship. Local heroes Brazil - coached by Leonardo Carvalho - won in three sets 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-16) in 1h26min to claim the title.
Men's Junior South American Championship winners Brazil celebrate their title|
Brazil coach Leonardo Carvalho praised his team for their maturity, which was a key element in their success at the tournament. Carvalho also commented on how well prepared his players were, after a month spent in Europe: "All objectives were met and with much merit. To summarise our season in just one word, I would use the term 'maturing'. These boys are learning what their role is in the national team. The title crowned the efforts made in this process. The team has progressed and the performance in the match today reflects this, because we used more complex strategies which require a lot of concentration and tactical discipline on their part. Thanks to our preparation work, we have won the continental prize, which was important. We stayed a month in Europe and played twenty games against very strong teams, it was critical to get this win."
Douglas Souza was the top scorer of the match with 18 points. Argentina's Lima scored 12 and was the top points earner for Alejandro Grossi's Argentina team. Lazo with 11 and Fernandez with 8 followed.
In a hard-fought match, Chile beat Colombia 3-1 to win the bronze medals. Colombia started well, winning the first set 25-18, but then the southerners came back into the match to win the following three 25-19, 25-23 and 28-26. The highest scorer of the match was Colombian Pablo Moreno, with 22 points. Captain Dusan Chile Bonacic said: "Lots of emotion, we are writing the history of our country. Maybe we were favourites to win this match, but you do not realise the change we are making in our country. We came to write history by winning, and this was demonstrated in this South American Championship by the Chilean national team. "
Earlier in the day, Ecuador defeated Peru 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-23). The top scorers was from Ecuador: Martin Lastra with 15 points. Peruvians Romay and Eduardo Roy Mauritius scored 10 points each. "Against Brazil, we started with a tough game. Our game developed, however, and we eventually ended up where we wanted to be, and playing against high level teams was a great experience for the kids," said coach Albert Gilbert.
The day began with a match between Paraguay and Uruguay. The Paraguayans beat their opponents 3-2 (25-21, 20-25, 25-21, 21-25, 15-9). Paraguayan Garcilaso Gabriel scored 29 points, while Lucas Mendes scored 17.
1 - Brazil
2 - Argentina
3 - Chile
4 - Colombia
5 - Ecuador
6 - Peru
7 - Paraguay
8 - Uruguay
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