Brazil is back on top of Pan American Volleyball


MEXICO CITY, Mexico, August 24, 2013.- Brazil returned to the top of the Americas’ volleyball as the team coached by Leonaldo Roberley won the gold medal at VIII Men’s Pan American Cup after beating host team Mexico 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-17).


Isac Viana Santos was the best scorer for Brazil with 13 points while Mauricio Luiz De Souza registered 12. Mexican Jesus Valdez was the top scorer of the match with 15.


The last time Brazil won a Pan American title was in 2011 against USA. This is the first time Mexico wins a silver medal, and the second one in reaching the podium after winning the cup in 2007 against Puerto Rico.


“Congratulations to Brazil for the championship. It was a great experience for us to face such a great team with great players. I am glad despite this result because we gave our best, and got the support of the fans. We gave it all and reached the finals,” said Mexican captain Jorge Quiñones.


“Mexico didn’t quit, they fought hard and were complicated on the first two sets. We improved in the end and fortunately won this championship,” said Brazilian captain Mauricio Borges de Almeida.


“Fortunately and despite We couldn’t win, we finish with a good balance and We have reached the World League qualifier and just have to wait for the confirmation dates and places,” Segio Hernandez, coach of Mexico, stated.


“Mexico played a very good tournament, and very good matches especially against the United States. For Us our main goal is to prepare for the U23 World Championship,” said Brazilian coach Leonaldo Roberley.