Brasil qualifies to the finals, Puerto Rico to play for bronze
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, August 23, 2013.- Brazil qualified to the
VIII Men’s Pan American Cup Final after beating Puerto Rico in
three sets (25-13, 25-19, 29-27).
Ricardo Lucarelli Sousa scored 13 points while Luan Weber 12 and
Mauricio Luiz de Souza 10 for Brazil. On the Puerto Rican side,
Ulises Maldonado and Mannix Roman scored 9 apiece.
“This was a good match, Brazil resisted a lot on the net and was
very strong with in the middle and on defense. We failed in
taking the right choices”, said Roberto Muñiz, captain of Puerto
“This match was very good for us. We worked a lot with our
blocking game and served well. It was complicated for us in the
end, but we know how to solve those difficult situation,”
Mauricio Borges de Almeida, captain of Brazil said.
“For us this was a great match. Yesterday, Puerto Rico played
five sets that is very difficult physically and mentally. We
could get the best of it and tactically we played great,” said
Brazilian coach Leonaldo Roberley.
“We began to play very slowly. We could improve a Little bit,
but the strength and height of Brasil imposed conditions during
the match,” said David Aleman, head coach of Puerto Rico.
Brazil will play for the gold medal while Puerto Rico will play
for Bronze on Saturday at the Juan de la Barrera Olympic Gym.