Colombia locks first ever Pan Am medal in five-set comeback over
LIMA, Peru, Augusto 10, 2019. - Colombia locked their first ever
Pan American medal in thrilling five-set comeback 3-2 (25-22,
27-25, 14-25, 26-28, 9-15) over Brazil in the first semifinal of
Lima 2019 at the Multisport Complex El Callao.
This is Colombia’s first time competing at Pan American Games
routing into securing a medal with a spectacular semifinal
victory over Brazil coming behind from a two-set deficit.
Colombia will play for the gold medal and Brazil for their
fourth bronze medal, waiting for the other semifinal result
between Argentina and Dominican Republic.
Colombia’s momentum kicked in when they came out on top leading
set three by a sizeable margin up to the end. In set four,
Colombia recovered from a five-point deficit (16-21) to the
deciding winning tie-break leading from start to finish.
Colombia’s huge 18-9 blocking margin took over Brazil; they also
led in kills 70-66 and by a slim 5-4 in aces. Both teams
committed 22 unforced errors.
Amanda Caneo continues her masterful tournament performance,
leading Colombia with 28 points on 21 kills, 5 stuff blocks and
2 aces; Margarita Martinez also joined in with strength scoring
26 points including 25 kills. Dayana Segovia and Melissa Rangel
added 17 and 10 points accordingly. Brazil used a balanced
attack between Paula Borgo and Lorenne Geraldo scoring 18 points
apiece, Mara Ferreira added 15 points, followed by Lara Nobre
with 13 points.
Macris Carneiro, captain of Brazil: “We were aware of the tough
match ahead. The first two sets were atypical, we weren’t
expecting them. Colombia was a balanced team, they led the
scores for a long period and they battled a lot. At the moment
they adapted better to our weakness, they reorganized. But they
played very well, congratulations! Matches are decided on the
court, and at that moment there is no tradition and no history
of Brazil, what’s important is the present moment and they
deserved to win because they played much better; but we fought
as well and gave our best”.
Camila Gomez, libero of Colombia: “In the beginning we were too
passive because we were facing a strong opponent and we
pressured up to the second set. We never stop fighting until we
obtained the result we wanted”.
Alejandra Marin, captain of Colombia: “The difference today was
that we never gave up, we fought up to the end and giving our
one hundred and ten percent”.
Antonio Rizola, Head coach of Colombia: “This is a historic
result but expected; we always go on the court thinking of
winning. We were aware of Brazil’s strength, they are more
experience than us, and they have competed in world
championships and world leagues. We were able to come out of our
difficultes with a tactical serve and blocking to recover climb
out from losing 2-0”.