to Pan American Games semifinals
LIMA, Peru, August 9,
2019. - Brazil qualified to the Lima 2019 Pan American Games
semifinal round edging United States 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-17)
on Friday at the Multisport Complex El Callao of Lima Peru.
Brazil with 2-1
win-loss record moves into semifinals as one of the two top
finishers in pool B along with Argentina who qualified
yesterday; they will just have to wait the result between
Argentina and Puerto Rico to learn their final pool-play
position. United States will play for placing matches.
Brazil led in all
aspects of the game, with 43-37 advantage in attacks, 8-5 in
blocks and 6-4 in serves. The South Americans scored on 18
errors from the U.S. against 14.
Lorenne Geraldo was
Brazil’s top scorer with a match-high of 23 points including 22
kills, and Paula Borgo added 12 points on Brazil’s side. Krystal
Rivers led United States with 13 points on 10 kills and 3 aces,
while Sarah Wilhite contributed with 12 points.
Geraldo, top scorer: “The game against United States was a final
for our team. We studied them well late last night. We had to
win to qualify into the semifinals. All the team performed well
and I think that’s what made the difference with United States.
We are really glad with our performance”.
Guimarães, Head coach of Brazil: “The team improved in all the
fundaments of the game today on the court. Paula began well and
she gave a good energy to the group. Even if she didn’t play in
her usual position, she was effective in higher balls and
distributed the game along with Lorennne. The team was
organized, defending better and the passing was more regular.
Our game-level is back”.
Robert Browning, Head
coach United States: “It was tough; Brazil is very good and they
played really well, their attack was so strong today. We did a
good job serving but their attack, even when they didn’t receive
very well, served off and we had a hard time with that. What’s
hard for us is that we didn’t play at our potential, we weren’t
close to play the way we can, we played poorly, never found a
rhythm and we know we can play a lot better. We have another
match tomorrow; we will regroup and be ready”.
Krystal Rivers, top
scorer of United States: “We came out with a lot of intensity,
but our execution wasn’t there. We had moments but we just
couldn’t stop them, especially in the first two sets they were
at a high level, they were steady and executed well”.