Canada and Argentina triumph in first day of U-23 Cup
Langley, Canada, September 25, 2012 – Hosts Canada and Argentina opened with victories in the first day of action of the inaugural U-23 Men’s Pan American Cup at Langley Sport Centre on Tuesday.
Canada erased a two-set deficit to score a sensational comeback victory in five sets over a resilient young Mexico while Argentina needed four sets before prevailing against Dominican Republic.
In Wednesday’s action, Argentina meets Mexico while Brazil debuts playing Dominican Republic.
Canada 3, Mexico 2
Canada overcame a 0-2 deficit to defeat Mexico in five sets (20-25, 24-26, 25-18, 25-13 and 15-13). Canada’s Bradley Kufske, Nick Del Bianco and Derek Thiessen finished with 20, 19 and 12 points respectively in the very closed match. For Mexico, participating with the U-19 unit, the top scorers were Enrique Ugalde and Mauricio Lopez, with 17 and 12 points.
“We came out really tight and pretty nervous,” Canada’s captain Jarrod Offereins said. “We didn’t bring a lot of energy and we were inside our own heads and unable to get into a good rhythm. Mexico did a great job of throwing us into that playing sound volleyball.”
Argentina 3, Dominican Republic 1
Argentina opened with a 3-1 (25-15, 22-25, 25-22, 25-17) victory over Dominican Republic. Gonzalo Lapera tallied 20 points, including three blocks and one ace, to lead Argentina while Luciano Zorneta and Mauro Llanos added 9 and 8 respectively. Luis David Adames had a match-high 24 points for the defeated side and Pedro Garcia and Wilfrido Hernandez chipped in with 13 and 10 points.
“I feel glad after playing a good match on our side,” Argentina’s captain Gonzalo Quiroga said. “It is always great to begin with a victory and it gives us confidence to start the cup.”
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