Argentina to play Brazil in Semis
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, May 2, 2013. - Argentina scored a 3-1
(25-18, 28-30, 25-17, 25-18) victory over Chile on Thursday and
booked a spot to play the U-18 Girls Pan American semifinal
Argentina depended on their strong blocking scoring with a 14-8
advantage against Chile, but not before losing an epic second
set by 28-30.
Sol Piccolo registered a match high with 25 points, including 3
Hiruela contributed with 14 and Elina Rodriguez with
12 points for the winners. For Chile, Catalina Melo was the
best with 21 points, followed by Laura Sotomayor and Catalina
Pulgar with 15 and 13 points respectively.
“It was hard to defeat Chile; they never stopped defending or
attacking. We’re glad to be in the semifinals and meet again
with Brazil will be a challenge for us” said Argentinian captain
Catalina Melo admitted they were worn-out “it was a tough match,
Argentina played very strong”.
Coach of Argentina, Guillermo Caceres believes his team was also
tired and didn’t play well “I’m not underestimating Chile, but
they began in the first set somewhat shy and we let them grow as
shown in the second set. In this age-group there’s no margin for
mistakes because the scores are too tight”.
“We weren’t able to keep up with Argentina” indicated Hugo
Jauregui. “Chile needs to play more at a Pan American level
because there’s a difference in the tactical plan from South
America” he added.