Brazil pulls extraordinary come back
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, July 9, 2018 – Brazil climbed
back from two sets down to defeat Colombia in a sensational
South American battle 3-2 (18-25, 24-26, 25-16, 25-23, 15-13) in
Pool C of the Women’s Volleyball Pan American Cup on Monday.
It was the second victory for Brazil in as many days while
Colombia, who played five sets for second day in a row, dropped
Bruna Honorio Marques and Thaisa de Menezes led Brazil with 22
and 20 points, respectively, with Thaisa scoring seven of the 20
blocks by Brazil. Fernanda Tome came off the bench to start in
the third set and finished with 12 points while Maira Cipriano
and Francynne Jacintho each contributed 11 points.
Amanda Coneo was the best Colombian in scoring with 16 points
followed by Margarita Martínez with 13. Dayana Segovia and
Melissa Rangel each had 12 points in the loss.
The match started with a delay of more than two hours due to bad
weather and leaks in the roof of the stadium.
Dani Lins, Captain of Brazil: We knew it was going to be a tough
match. They have players with big jump and strong attack. The
match was complicated also for the delay to start but we could
get the win.
María Marín, Captain of Colombia: We are improving with every
match and every day we are better. This match could have gone
Wagner Fernandes, Coach of Brazil: It was a tough match.
Colombia has been working to get better. We are going to suffer
because we only trained for four weeks and during the matches I
have to look for the ideal team. Today Fernanda did a good job
coming off the bench.
Antonio Rizola, Coach of Colombia: We are showing evolution as
part of a process. We couldn’t close due to inexperience. Brazil
has many players with international experience in age group
tournaments and during the match they were able to adjust to our
That was the key.