Brazil unstoppable against Venezuela
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, July 10, 2012 – The young
Brazil team was unstoppable as they dominated Venezuela to add
another victory in three sets (25-20, 25-15 and 25-16) in a
match of Pool B of the VII Men’s Pan American Cup.
The top scorer of the clash was Brazilian Cargnin Franco, who
contributed 12 points, followed by Tiago Barth with 10 while all
their players had the chance to participate. Venezuela’s Luis
Arias and Kervin Piñerua finished with 8 tallies.
There was a fairly competition in attacks with a 33-32
difference for the winners, but didn’t surprise that the taller
Brazilians dominated 9-2 in blocks and also 4-2 in serves.
Brazil made 15 errors to 29 by Venezuela.
Brazil’s coach Leonardo Carvalho said: "My team is seeking for
consistency as we only had a week of training together and to
play five or six matches in a row is difficult when your men are
not ready yet for that challenge. So I'm happy with the victory
because we have a big match tomorrow.
Cuban Roberto Garcia, coach of Venezuela, agreed on that it is
very difficult to maintain a level of play in various
tournaments and the team is not playing as good as when
participated in the Pre-Olympic World and South American
"But it is not a matter of physical preparation or
technical-tactical but psychological, and our players have not
been able to face two rivals like USA and Brazil in two straight
Brazil’s captain Raphael Vieira de Oliveira, admitted it was a
difficult match. “We are not in our best shape, but every game
is an obligation to meet our goal, and hope we can do well
tomorrow since it would be an important step to dominate a team
like United States."
Meanwhile, Venezuela’s captain Kervin Piñerua lamented that his
team has not performed at its best in these two preliminary
contests, "but tomorrow we will have to battle with Mexico. It
is crucial to get a victory for a better place in pool B. I
think we need to restore our confidence in our true potential."