Argentina to play fourth Pan Am Cup title match in a row
CORDOBA, Mexico, September 1, 2018. - Argentina moved into their
fourth Pan American Cup title match in a row after defeating
Cuba 3-1 (21-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-20) in semifinals of the
thirteenth edition of the event being held at Arena Cordoba in
Defending champions Argentina recovered from losing the first
set, as Cuba’s powerful attackers always kept them down on
scores. From the second set forward, Argentina re designed their
strategy with faster and coordinated moves to keep a comfortable
margin in the remaining sets.
Argentina preserved over Cuba with 57-52 margin in attacks, 10-9
in blocks and benefited from 29 Cuban errors, while Cuba led in
serves by 2-0 and scored on 19 opponent errors.
Argentina’s balanced offense was led by Ezequiel Palacios
(17pts.), Nicolas Bruno (14pts.), Luciano Palonsky (12pts.) and
Joaquin Gallego (10pts.). Cuba distributed their points between
Javier Concepción and Roamy Alonso with 12 points apiece, and
Miguel Angel Lopez with Jesus Herrera added 9 points.
Nicolas Bruno captain of Argentina indicated “it’s always a joy
to play a title match. I consider that we’ve been working well
here, we deserve to be in the final and we really are enjoying
today’s victory. Cuba is a worthy opponent, they have a long
history and they are tough to face, it was a difficult start for
us; we adjusted our tactics and played better than them”.
When asked about Argentina’s success in Pan American Cups, head
coach Alejandro Grossi said “it’ the continuous work of many
years, coming from our basis (youth, junior and U23 categories)
something that come to reflect in our senior division. I
congratulate our staff and players”.
Nicolás Vives, coach of Cuba said his team had a good first set,
“then our performance was weaker and Argentina capitalized on
that, they grew and performed better. Tomorrow we are coming out
strong to win a medal. I believe that we respected Argentina too
much, we could have beaten them, we lacked aggressiveness; the
positive outcome is that our bench players did a swell job”.