Brazil still undefeated at U-23 Pan Am Cup
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 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.
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