moves into Pan Am Games semifinals winning pool A
LIMA, Peru, August 2, 2019. -
Argentina defeated Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-18) to
move into Lima 2019 Pan American Games semifinals as pool A top
finisher at the Multisport Complex El Callao in Lima, Peru.
Defending champion Argentina
topped pool A undefeated, without losing a set. In their last
preliminary round performance Argentina was fast and had no
difficulties in stopping Puerto Rico’s hitters from the
Argentina topped Puerto Rico
with huge 46-27 attacking margin, 8-4 advantage in blocking and
5-1 in aces; both teams handed out 16 points from unforced
Outside hitters Luciano
Palonsky and Jan Martinez led Argentina with 11 points apiece;
Palonsky on 8 kills and 3 aces, Martinez on 8 kills, 2 blocks
and one ace. Outside hitter Pablo Guzman scored 12 points for
Puerto Rico, all on kills.
Argentina is scheduled to play
the second semifinal on Saturday (8:30 pm local-time) against
second place of pool B.
Jan Martínez, outside hitter
Argentina: “We are glad because knowing about the high level of
the Games reaching this round (semifinals) is very hard. I am
happy for my team and for the individual efforts as well. Now we
must think about tomorrow’s game; even not knowing who we face”.
Horacio Dileo, Head coach of
Argentina: “After the first set we were already celebrating
because we knew we were first in the group. We decided to give
everyone a chance to play and be prepared for tomorrow; we’ve
been playing for three months. They proved why they are here and
showed great illusion to play, and that brings me great joy”.
Pablo Guzmán, top scorer of
Puerto Rico: “I believe it was a great level. Argentina is well
prepared, one of the best teams in the world no matter who is in
the court, they have an excellent system and it was a learning
game for us”.