Brazil defeats Colombia in opening match of Pan Am Cup


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, May 24, 2010 – Brazil scored a 3-1 (25-17, 25-14, 24-26, 25-23) victory over Colombia in the first match of the Men’s Pan American Cup at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico.


The taller Brazilians, who have a 2.05 meters height average, topped their opponents in blocking 12-7 and also dominated the service category 6-1.


Mauricio Silva topped the winners with 22 points, including three serving aces, and Kaio Rocha and Mauricio Souza added 15 and 12 respectively. Colombian Alexander Moreno led his side with 13 points and Carlos Mosquera and Ronald Jimenez contributed 11 tallies apiece.


“Our team is very tall but also very young and they represent the future of Brazil looking towards the next Olympic cycle,” Brazilian Coach Rubinho Leonaldo said after the match. “They are talented but also need to do the job as protagonists. I like the composure they showed.”


Horacio Dileo, the Argentinean coach of Colombia, said: “We are here to learn from the big teams and Brazil and Argentina are the top teams of South America. I am not happy but satisfied with the level we showed today.”


“It was a good game for us despite the errors after the first two sets, but we also must admit that the opponent played better,” said Silva, the captain of Brazil.


“We couldn’t play consistently,” said Moreno, the captain of Colombia. “But Brazil is the country where volleyball is better played and I am happy with the level of our first match and hope to do better in our next one.” 


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