CALI, Colombia, November 27, 2021. - Brazil
secured their spot in semifinals after defeating
Chile 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-23) the men’s
volleyball tournament of the I Junior Pan
American Games Cali-Valle 2021 being at the
Evangelista Mora Coliseum.
Brazil kept their undefeated (2-0) mark in pool
B after overcoming difficulties in closing the
second set missing three set points and the
third set missing four match points, but sealing
their way into the semifinal round. Chile has an
Brazil prevailed 49-31 in attacks and 4-0 in
serves, and Chile controlled the blocking with a
comfortable 10-6 margin. Brazil handed out 24
points from errors and Chile a total of 15.
Opposite hitter Guilherme Sabino led Brazil with
17 points all on kills, outside hitter Adriano
Fernandes collected 16 points, 13 on kills, 2 on
blocks and one ace, followed by outside hitter
and captain Joao Cordeiro with 12 points all on
kills. Outside hitter Rafael Fuentes topped
Chile’s scorers with 13 points on 10 kills and 3
Brazil resumes the preliminary round against
Mexico and Chile plays Dominican Republic.
Guilherme Sabino, top scorer of Brazil: “Chile´s
pressure in the last two sets was an important
test for our team, we overcame difficulties. As
a team we still need to adjust more because we
didn’t have much time to practice and I believe
with each game it will make a difference”.
Joao Cordeiro, captain of Brazil: “Chile
has many qualities and it was more difficult
than yesterday’s match. Our team was able to
solve and win. Now we will study Mexico and get
to know them for tomorrow’s match, we will look
to win the group but today we secured being in
Rafael Fuentes, top scorer of Chile: “We
knew it was a complicated match. Obviously it’s
not the result we expected, nevertheless the
entire group has a good feeling and we will play
our next match with the same energy”.
Daniel Nejamkin, head coach of Chile: “Brazil’s
experience was visible and our lack of
experience too but I am pleased with my team's
performance; we played much better than
yesterday and our nerves of debuting are over”.