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Argentina starts Pan American Cup campaign on the right foot

GATINEAU, Canada, July 25, 2017 - Argentina kicked off the action of the 12th Pan American Cup on a winning note by beating Puerto Rico in three sets (25-20, 25-14 and 25-17) in just over one hour at Gatineau’s Robert Guertin Arena in Canada’s national capital region.

Silver medallist in the past two editions, the South American squad was led by Cristian Poglajen, the highest scorer with 14 points, including four aces. Pablo Crer also contributed 11. Opposite Maurice Torres led Puerto Rico’s offensive with eight points.

Julio Velasco, Argentina’s coach: “In the beginning we didn’t have a good rhythm, but after four or five points we started to play in a good way. The serve, block and defense system worked very well and gave a lot of problems to Puerto Rico, especially in the service, and our sideout worked especially in the second and third set. To be the first match and we haven’t played for a long time, it was ok.”

Ramón Hernández, Puerto Rico’s coach: “This is our first match of the season, and I think they performed well. Obviously, we played against one of the best teams in the tournament and we knew it was going to be a really difficult match, but Puerto Rico played well.”