Brazil wins gold, Cuba silver, at the U21 Pan Am Cup
FORT MCMURRAY, Canada, May 21. 2017 -
Brazil came through when it counted to win the gold medal of the
U21 Pan American Cup at the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre
at Keyano College in Fort McMurray.
Cuba was not going down without a
fight, but eventually Brazil took control for the win in four
sets: 1-3 (23-25, 25-17, 18-25, 18-25).
“It was an important victory for us,”
said Brazil’s coach
Nery Tambeiro. “Our team is of a new composition.
Cuba is very physically strong, and it’s very difficult to stop
them. You have to break their reception and make them
uncomfortable. There was a lot of very fast serves, but we were
better. We will have to fight in the World Championships.”
Brazil earned its ticket to the U21
World Championships as a result of finishing first among the
South American teams. Cuba won the NORCECA spot to the event to
be held in the Czech Republic from June 23 to July 2.
It was another team effort by Brazil,
with Victor Cardoso logging 16 points as that side’s highest
Miguel Lopez had 22 points for Cuba
including seven aces.
Nicolas Vives Coffigny was satisfied with his team’s result. “I’m very happy that we
have a silver medal and qualified for the U21 World
Championships (as first finisher in the NORCECA zone)…. I feel
the team is getting better.”
The Cubans did not give up, but were
eventually outplayed by the Brazilians.
“It was a really strong game until
the end,” said Cuba’s captain Adrian Goide. “Brazil knew how to
play better than us in some technical aspects. However, we
played hard and took the opportunities that were given to us.”
Host Canada was the bronze medal
winner after beating Guatemala.
All teams enjoyed the tournament and
the hospitality of the local organizing committee.
“Thank for the support of the
organizing committee – the tournament was very well done and we
appreciate their work,” said Brazil’s Tambeiro.