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Brazil take gold at South American Youth Boys’ Championship, qualify for worlds with Argentina and Chile

After two straight South American titles, in 2012 Argentina were knocked down to silver
Santiago, Chile, November 11, 2012 –After two editions finishing behind Argentina, Brazil are back on top of the podium at the South American Youth Boys’ Championship. In an exciting match between the continent’s best two teams, Brazil fought to a 3-1 victory (25-13, 18-25, 25-23, 25-22). As the gold, silver and bronze medallists, Brazil, Argentina and Chile all qualified to participate in the 2013 Boys’ U19 World Championship in Mexico.

Brazil played better from the start but Argentina found their momentum in the second set to battle back, trying to protect the title they won in 2008 in Brazil and defended in 2010 in Venezuela. Matías Sanchez and Brian Melgarejo were Argentina’s best players in a match where both teams already had qualified for the 2013 Boys’ U19 World Championship – their main goal for the competition – by winning their semifinal matches.

Chile, the host team, overcame Venezuela to win the bronze medal and the third South American berth at the world competition. Almost all of the participating teams have been decided – the only continental tournament still pending for the 2013 Youth World Championships is the South American Youth Girls’ Championship.

Final standings
1 – Brazil*
2 – Argentina*
3 – Chile*
4 – Venezuela
5 – Colombia
6 – Peru
7 – Uruguay
8 – Bolivia
9 – Paraguay

* The top three teams
qualified to participate in the 2013 Boys’ U19 World Championship to be held in Mexico

Best players
Best Setter – Fernando Kreling, Brazil
Best Spiker – Douglas Bastos, Brazil
Best Blocker – Douglas Bastos, Brazil
Best Receiver – Oscar Garcia, Venezuela
Best Digger – Michele Varasio, Argentina
Best Libero – Eduardo Rodriguez, Peru
Best Server – Douglas Souza, Brazil
Best Player – Dusan Bonacic, Chile


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