Argentina is the new U23 Pan American champion
GUANAJUATO, Mexico, September 10 2016 - Argentina became the
Champion of the Men’s U23 Pan American Cup after beating Cuba
3-1 (25-19, 21-15, 25-19 and 25-20). The South American team
already qualified to the FIVB Men’s U23 World Championship had
Nicholas Lazo as top scorer with 20 points while German Johansen
who later became the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament
scored 16 and Gaston Fernandez finished with 12.
The Cubans who tried to get back on the match in the fourth set
worked hard with Miguel Lopez, who scored 21 units and also with
Osniel Malgrejo, who registered 10. Blocking game was tied with
7 converted points on each side of the net while in services
Argentina had a 7-5 advantage.
“I’m very glad because we worked hard for this. Finally we have
won a gold medal in a Pan Am Cup, after falling short in the
Senior Tournament and the U23 South American Championship. But
today this is such a great feeling,” said German Johansen about
the victory of Argentina.
“Today we came for our first goal. That one was to qualify to
the World Championship. We have already done it. Becoming
champion is like the cake of a party after a hard working year.
This team has come from being an Age Group World Championship
runner up. We are not a physical super power, but German
Johansen has exploited that kind of power we needed,” explained
Argentinean coach Camilo Soto.
“I have no words; we fought for the victory it couldn’t happen.
Congratulations to Argentina,” said Miguel Lopez, who later was
recognized as Best Attacker in the Awards Ceremony.
“It was a great match for a final. In the end the best team has
won. We have to keep on working and preparing for the Age Group
world championship. We are still just one complete year ahead
and get there in our best shape as possible,” stated Cuban coach