Brazil wins semifinal ticket in dramatic tie-break comeback
LIMA, Peru, August 2, 2019.- Brazil won their semifinal ticket
in dramatic five-set comeback to United States 3-2 (23-25,
21-25, 25-17, 25-19, 15-9) in pool B of the Lima 2019 Pan
American Games on Friday at the Multisport Complex El Callao.
Brazil’s dramatic comeback win granted their way into the
semifinals and that of Chile who earlier beat Mexico and
finishes second in pool B. Brazil will face Cuba in semifinals
and Chile plays against defending champion Argentina. United
States will face Puerto Rico to settle for fifth place.
Despite United States’ sizeable 11-4 margin in blocks and
surprising Brazil taking sets one and two, Brazil sealed the win
with a huge 65-48 advantage in kills and 10-7 in aces. Brazil
allowed 29 points on errors against 30 from United States.
Brazil used a balanced offence led by Aboubacar Dramé (18pts),
Eduardo Loh (18pts), Eduardo Barreto (15pts) and Matheus Bispo
dos Santos (12pts). United States also had four players leading
their attack with Kyle Ensing (18pts), Brendan Schmidt (14pts),
Brenden Sander (13pts) and Price Jarman (10pts).
Eduardo Loh, one of Brazil’s top scorers: “We almost died from a
heart attack on the court. The word that describes the match is
Recovery! We were down 2-0, it was a great moment of pressure
and we looked for our best skill: team effort, vibrate. The
younger ones want to fight for their space and that will be the
case in most times, with heart. We are very happy”.
Marcelo Fronckowiak, Head coach of Brazil: “What’s important is
qualifying, remain in the tournament! We were at the edge of an
abyss, almost dead and we knew how to come out. United States
was spectacular. We came from behind, our game level was low and
our solution was tactical: we changed our serves, we lowered our
anxiety. My job was to calm my team and look for the best
Brenden Sander, one of United States’ top scorers: “It was a
great match, both teams played really well, with good plays from
both sides; unfortunately at the end we had a little bit of
trouble in the passing and our offensive system struggled”.
Milan Zarkovic, Head coach of United States: “In the end we
didn’t keep consistency in our performance. We witnessed a more
experienced team take over; we were not finished after leading
2-0 and from there on Brazil was superior”.