Brazil to play for the U-18 Pan Am title


GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, May 3, 2013. -Brazil advanced to the final match of the U-18 Girls Pan American Cup defeating Argentina 3-0 (27-25, 25-21, 25-19) in the first semifinal contest at Teodoro Palacios Flores Gymnasium in Guatemala.


Brazilians earned the right to play for the Pan Am title with advantage in aces by 7-2 and stronger defense over the net by difference of 15-10 in blocking. Argentina pushed Brazil hard but not enough and they lost energy in the third set.


Drussyla Costa registered 16 points, 3 of them aces as Brazil’s leading scorer and for Argentina Elina Rodriguez with 15 points was the best.


Lorenne Geraldo was glad to reach the final match “we are going for the gold” she said; “our serves helped us in difficult moments against Argentina”.


Sol Piccolo congratulated Brazil “they did very well and we fought every point and we’ll do the same tomorrow.”


“The bench players were a strong contribution to the team in critical moments, Argentinian captain Piccolo and Rodriguez were efficient in their attacks and hurt us” indicated Mauricio Thomas.


“We are rivals in the court but friends outside, I wish Brazil the best of luck and I’m pleased to see a South American team in the final” began saying Guillermo Caceres; he added “we took advantage of Brazil’s less intensity today but they complicated our passing with solid serves”.