21 Pan Am Cup continues as Chile falls to Puerto Rico
FORT MCMURRAY, Canada, May 17, 2017 - In Wednesday’s opening
match at the U21 Pan American Cup at the Syncrude Sport and
Wellness Centre at Keyano College in Fort McMurray, Chile met
The Chileans fell 1-3 (25-23, 12-25, 21-25, 10-25) to their
In what was the closest match of the tournament so far, Chile
had a solid comeback in the first set to win 25-23. However, in
the second set Puerto Rico re-gained its composure to dominate
the set 25-12, and didn’t really look back from there.
Angel Melendez, head coach of Puerto Rico said: “We tried to be
strong on service and I think that is what gave us the victory.
And we stuck to our plan of taking care of defense and
neutralizing their middle.”
Opposite Gabriel Garcia was a dominant force for Puerto Rico
with 19 points (including five from his service), and his
teammate Ivan Fernandez had 11 points.
Head coach of Chile Daniel Nejamkin felt his team improved since
their loss yesterday to Cuba.
“We played pretty well at the beginning of the game, at least
the first set and then we were not able to play at the level we
thought we would play. Today, Puerto Rico was way better than
us. But we were certainly better than yesterday,” explained
Middle Blocker Bastian Fuentes was Chile’s top contributor with