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Brazil still undefeated at U-23 Pan Am Cup

 
Brazil needed five sets before claiming the victory against hosts Canada at the U-23 Men's Pan American Cup on Friday night
 

Langley, Canada, September 28, 2012 – Brazil remained undefeated after three outings at the U-23 Men’s Pan American Cup to secure a ticket in the gold medal match of the inaugural event.

The South American side held off a relentless Canada in a tough five-set battle between unbeaten teams on Friday night. In the other match, Dominican Republic earned its first victory after three losses by defeating winless Mexico in straight sets.

Canada and Argentina, both with 2-1 win-loss records, clash on Saturday night to decide the other protagonist of the decisive contest. In an earlier match, Brazil plays against Mexico (0-3).

The U-23 Pan American Cup is a new competition created jointly by the NORCECA and the South American Volleyball Confederations to provide an additional competitive opportunity for developing national team players who may be on the cusp of making their first appearances with their respective country’s senior level national teams.


Brazil 3, Canada 2

Brazil survived a sensational five-set battle against a resilient Canada to win 25-19, 25-15, 21-25, 24-26 and 16-14.

Jonatas Cardoso les five South Americans with double-figures in scoring with   with 15 points, including three blocks. Flavio Gualberto had five blocks among his 12 points while Leandro Santos and Alan Souza each had 11. Henrique Batagim chipped in with 10.

Trailing 2-0, Canada made a comeback in the third set behind the amazing blocking game of Daniel Jansen Van Doorn, who finished with match-high 18 points (9 blocks). Nick del Bianco and Bradley Kufske registered 17 total points apiece and Derek Thiessen had 13.

“This was a very good but also difficult match,” Brazil’s captain Thiago Veloso said about his team’s performance. “We had good serve and attack, but things went different in the third and fourth sets, after the good blocking game of Canada.”

Dominican Republic 3, Mexico 0

The Dominican Republic earned its first victory by defeating Mexico in three sets (25-19,  25-19, 25-18). Pedro Luis García and Victor Castillo led the winners with 14 and 12 points respectively. Enrique Ugalde topped Mexico with 9 tallies.

“Mexico came out playing well, but we had the goal of improving our service and we did it. We served better and it gave us the chance to win and to look for the chance of the medal, which is our main goal,” Dominican captain Wilfrido Hernandez said.

Top Scorers by Day
24 – Luis Adames of Dominican Republic v Argentina 25-9-12
21 – Gonzalo Lapera of Argentina v Mexico 26-9-12
18 – Pedro Luis García of Dominican Republic v Canada 27-9-12
18 – Daniel Jansen Van Doorn of Canada v Brazil 28-9-12

Top Scoring Performances
24 – Luis Adames of Dominican Republic v Argentina 25-9-12
21 – Gonzalo Lapera of Argentina v Mexico 26-9-12
20 – Gonzalo Lapera of Argentina v Dominican Republic 25-9-12
20 – Bradley Kufske of Canada v Mexico 25-9-12
19 – Nick del Bianco of Canada v Mexico 25-9-12

Top Blocking Performances
9 – Daniel Jansen Van Doorn of Canada v Brazil 28-9-12
6 – Daniel Jansen Van Doorn of Canada v Dominican Republic 27-9-12
5 – Flavio Gualberto of Brazil v Canada 28-9-12
4 – Several players

Top Service Ace Performances
3 – Nick del Bianco of Canada v Mexico 25-9-12
2 – Several players

Highest Set Scores
31-29 Brazil v Mexico (2nd Set) 27-9-12
27-25 Canada v Dominican Republic (2nd Set) 27-9-12
27-25 Canada v Dominican Republic (3rd Set) 27-9-12
26-24 Mexico v Canada (2nd Set) 25-9-12
26-24 Canada v Brazil (4th Set) 28-9-12

Highest Scoring Matches
210 – Brazil v Canada (25-19, 25-15, 21-25, 24-26, 16-14) 28-9-12
204 – Canada v Mexico (20-25, 24-26, 25-18, 25-13, 15-13) 25-9-12

 


 





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