Argentina defeats Colombia for Junior Pan Am Bronze Medal

CALI, Colombia, December 5, 2021. - Argentina defeated host Colombia 3-1 (16-25, 25-13, 26-24, 25-22) for the bronze medal of the women’s volleyball tournament at the I Junior Pan American Games Cali-Valle 2021 on Sunday at Evangelista Mora Coliseum.

It was a roller coaster performance up to the third set when both teams balanced all their skills for a close finish. Argentina won the third set recovering from a three-point deficit (21-24) forcing Colombia to lose three-set points.

 Argentina held a comfortable 11-6 margin in blocks and led 4-2 in points from serves; both teams scored on 52 points from attacks and both allowed 24 points from unforced errors.

Team captain Angeles Ligorria alongside outside hitter Agostina Beltramino scored 19 points as Argentina’s leading scorers. Middle blocker and captain Valerin Carabali led Colombia with 17 points, followed by opposite hitter Laura Grajales added 14 points.

Argentina had lost to Colombia in five grueling sets in the preliminary round and ended with a 3-2 win-loss record; Colombia finished fourth place also with a 3-2 record.

Agostina Beltramino, outside hitter of Argentina: “To win the game we had to serve really well because Colombia’s middle blockers are really good and we needed to get them out of their game; our defense was also key. Adding that the fans were against us and that motivated us more and in comparison from the preliminary round, we were both physically tired and who gave more in the court won”.

Pablo Martín, head coach of Argentina: “We needed to adjust a couple of things during the tournament and today we finally did to finish in third place. In preparation for today´s match what we did was rest and recover energies from yesterday’s tough semifinals, knowing what we needed to do because we had already met in pool-play. Our victory is because of the girls’ commitment to practice and their competitive performance, our warrior spirit is something that identifies us”.