Brazil win South American duel
LANGLEY, Canada, September 27, 2012 - Brazil opened the third
day of the U-23 Men’s Pan American Cup by defeating Argentina
3-0 (25-20, 31-29, 25-18) at the Langley Sport Centre on
Alan Souza was the top scorer of Brazil with 17 points followed
by Henrique Batagim with 13. Gonzalo Lapera, tallied 9 for
Argentina and Luciano Zorneta added 8.
“It was a good match, and the 3-0 score doesn’t speak itself
because it was difficult,” Brazil’s captain Thiago Veloso
stated. “All three sets were tough and we still are looking to
improve in any way.”
“We were so close in the second set, maybe if we had tied the
match things had been different,” said Argentinean captain
Gonzalo Quiroga. “Now we have to focus in Canada our next rival
while tomorrow have our day off.”
Brazil’s coach Leonardo Carvalho, was satisfied with the result.
“Matches against Argentina are always interesting, I feel
satisfied,” he said. “But the most important thing is to play
one game at a time, and in our case we are also focused in the
South American qualification to the U-21 World Championship.”
“We had a reaction in the second set, but unfortunately Brazil
didn’t let us play as we wanted. Their attack affected us and
attacking is always a key factor in volleyball,” Argentina’s
head coach Fabian Muraco said.
Brazil will face Canada on Friday, while Argentina has a day off
in the tournament.