Argentina undefeated winning tie-break to Colombia

CALI, Colombia, November 27, 2021.- Argentina remains undefeated winning a five-set duel 3-2 (21-25, 25-15, 22-25, 25-22, 15-11) to host Colombia in pool A in the men’s volleyball tournament of the I Junior Pan American Games at Evangelista Mora Coliseum.


The nail biting battle was an amazing display of strength on both sides. Argentina suffered the loss of its captain Mauro Zelayeta due to a minor injury in the second set and Colombia as well of middle blocker Juan Estupiñan in the overtime.


Argentina prevailed 66-54 in attacks and 5-2 in serves; Colombia in blocks by a slim 11-10 margin. Argentina finished with 31 unforced errors and Colombia with 27.


Opposite hitter Bautista Gazaba of Argentina scored a match-high of 23 points on 22 attacks and one ace, middle blocker Nahuel García added 14 points on 11 kills and 3 blocks, alongside outside hitter Martin Malaber and middle blocker Imanol Salazar with 10 points each.


Colombian outside hitter Leiner Aponza topped with 22 points including 21 kills, followed by outside hitter Carlos Llanos with 18 points on 17 kills and one block, outside hitter Oliver Murillo collected 11 points including 6 monster blocks and opposite hitter Miguel Angel Martinez contributed with 10 points.


Argentina (2-0) concludes the preliminary round against Guatemala (0-2) and Colombia (1-1) meets Puerto Rico (1-1).


Pablo Rico, head coach of Argentina: “It was an even performance, there weren’t great differences; they have a couple of effective attackers, mostly number 7 and I want to congratulate the Colombian team because they played with courage and they enjoyed it. It was a nice game to watch”.


Arnaldo Sevilla, head coach of Puerto Rico: “We did the same that they did, we played like equals; they looked for our weakness as did we. Argentina won because they knew where to score. It was a good match and we are still alive to face another challenge against Puerto Rico tomorrow”.