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Argentina tops Venezuela 3-0 to advance in Men’s Pan American Cup

 

GATINEAU, Canada, July 26, 2017 - Argentina advanced to the next round of the Men’s Pan American Cup after a 3-0 (25-17, 25-18 and 28-26) win over Venezuela in a South American derby in Group B play at Gatineau’s Robert Guertin Arena in Canada’s national capital region.

 

Medal winners in six of the last seven editions, including silver in the last two, the squad led by the decorated coach Julio Velazco got off to a solid start by taking the first two sets in a relatively comfortable fashion.

 

Led by Emerson Rodriguez, Venezuela bounced back and led for most of the third set, but Argentina never gave up, kept the pressure and managed to tie the set, before taking the win 28-26 to seal the overall victory.

 

Bruno Lima produced double digits for Argentina with 13 points, while Emerson Rodriguez scored 19, almost half of what his team totaled throughout the match.

 

Julio Velasco, coach of Argentina: “We changed a lot of players today to give everyone a chance to play a game. So, it became difficult in the third set because some of the players lost their concentration, but they cooperated and we won 3-0 in the end…  We need to do some things without thinking so much, and other things we need to still think to do well. That is what this match told us, so it’s good to learn something from this experience. “

 

Ronald Sarty, coach of Venezuela: “This game against Argentina was really important. They came with their A Team so it was a tough challenge but it gave us confidence for the future to win a set or a game. Tonight, we could have won a set, we just missed some definition especially with reception. I’m really happy with the way we played overall.”