A record falls as Argentina defeat Venezuela in the Pan American Cup
Tijuana, Mexico, August 13, 2014 – Argentina prevailed over Venezuela in the highest scoring set in the history of the Men’s Pan American Cup en route to a straight-set 3-0 (25-20, 35-33, 25-23) victory on Tuesday.
The 68-point second set erased the old mark of 64 points when Puerto Rico won 33-31 over Mexico in the opening set of a preliminary round match on June 16, 2009 in Chiapas, Mexico.
Argentina's Pablo Koukartsev led all the players in the match with 15 points. Rodrigo Villalba and Cristian Poglajen added 11 apiece, while Maximiliano Gavina chipped in with 10 in the victory. Venezuela’s Kervin Pinerua finished with 14 and Jesus Chourio had 13 in the loss.
The nine-team Men’s Pan American Cup offers five spots to the different groups of the 2015 FIVB World League.
Puerto Rico 3-0 Dominican Republic
Puerto Rico claimed their first victory following a 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 28-26) win over the Dominican Republic in Pool B.
Ezequiel Cruz, Maurice Torres and Pedrito Sierra combined for 33 points, each contributing 11 tallies for the winners. Mannix Roman finished with 10, six via blocks. Dominican Jose Miguel Caceres had a match-high 16 points and Elvis Contreras added 11.
Puerto Rico's blocking game was a key factor in the first two sets, leading to a huge 13-2 advantage.
United States 3-0 Colombia
The Americans outplayed Colombia 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-15) with captain Zachary La Cavera as their top scorer with 15 points in the third match of Day 2 in Pool A.
Crabb Taylor and Averill Taylor contributed 9 points apiece in the victory. Alexander Moreno was the best scorer for Colombia with 11 tallies.