Brazil wins epic battle over the U.S. for gold
GATINEAU, Canada, June 18, 2011 - Brazil overcame a serious
injury to star player Raphael Oliveira in the third set to
defeat the United States 25-23, 21-25, 25-17, 28-26 on Saturday
to win the gold medal at the Pan Am Cup men’s volleyball
Oliveira, Brazil’s powerful server, who had scored 12 points
before the injury, tore his Achilles tendon and was rushed to
hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. Brazilian legend
Anderson Rodrigues came in as a replacement and played a key
role adding eight more points.
Paulo Silva was the top scorer for the winners with 23 points.
Robert Tarr and William Price added 17 points each for
disappointed American squad.
‘’I dedicate this victory to Raphael,’’ said Anderson, a member
of the 2004 Olympic champion team. ‘’The U.S., was very hard to
play against, they are very well organized. We followed our
plan but when Raphael went down we played with a lot of heart as
‘’This is a great beginning to our preparations for the World
Military Games,’’ said Brazil’s head coach Flavio Marinho whose
troops were encouraged by a dozen local Brazilians who kept a
steady samba-beat drone from the first serve to the winning
‘’I’m proud of the way our guys fought, it was a really tough
match,’’ said Tarr. ‘’We had our opportunities to close it out
in that fourth set and couldn’t do it.’’
Final standings: 1. Brazil, 2. United States, 3. Canada, 4.
Puerto Rico, 5. Mexico, 6. Venezuela, 7. Argentina, 8. Dominican
Republic, 9. Bahamas, 10. Panama.