Chile defeated United States and close in to a historical
LIMA, Peru, May 8, 2019 - In a dramatic match, Chile turned the
score and beat the United States 3-2 (24-26, 17-25, 25-21,
26-24, 15-10) moving one step closer to achieving a historic
classification to the U21 World Championship.
The duel valid for the pass to the semifinal of the IV Men's U21
Volleyball Pan American Cup lasted 2 hours 34 minutes at the
Manuel Bonilla Coliseum in Miraflores.
Those led by Iván Villarreal put pressure on their opponents
from the first set, and with a great work of defense they took
advantage of every counterattack opportunity to score points in
Chile would take the advantage in block (10-7), with four from
outstide hitter Rafael Fuentes. But USA, showed dominance in
attack (45-53) and service (5-9). The team of Spencer McLachlin
yielded in 47 unforced errors, Chile reduced them to 37.
Vicente Ibarra, Chile's top attacker, commanded the offense of
his team with 20 points, accompanied by Manfred Borgstedt and
Julián Zenteno with 12 and 10 points respectively. For the
United States, Brett Wildman, Anthony Matheney and Ryan Wilcox
recorded 26, 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Vicente Ibarra, Chilean captain: We know that the Norceca teams
have a very good serve, they managed to complicate our reception
a lot. But we started to follow the coach's instructions and
with teamwork the results were given, being close to the
classification is something that motivates us a lot, achieving
it would be something historic for our country.
Devin Joslyn, captain of the United States: The match was well
disputed, it was point to point but they managed to get the
minimum advantage. Each of my teammates fought until the end and
that is the learning that we take, to fight at every point and
never give up.
Chile joins those already qualified to the semifinals, Canada
and Cuba, in a scheduled day Friday, May 10. The winners will
advance to the grand final of the Cup that will be played on
Saturday, May 11 at 3:00 p.m. Peruvian time.