Brazil stopped Argentina to move into the Gold Medal Match

CALI, Colombia, December 4, 2021. - Brazil stopped Argentina 3-1 (21-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-20) to move into the gold medal match of the women’s volleyball tournament at the I Junior Pan American Games Cali-Valle 2021.

Brazil’s impressive 20-8 huge margin in blocking was definitely to thank for their semifinal victory over Argentina after dropping the first set. Brazilians also led 48-42 in attacks and 4-1 in serves. Argentina allowed fewer points from unforced errors than Brazil (24-31).

Opposite hitter Lorrayna Da Silva was Brazil’s top scorer with 17 points, on 11 kills and 6 blocks, outside hitter Mayara Barcelos Da Silva contributed with 16 points, middle blocker Lorena Viezel topped in blocks with 8 points from her 13 total, and middle blocker Diana Duarte added 11 points.

Argentina’s leading scorers were opposite hitter Juliana Ocaña with 16 points and captain Angeles Ligorría tallied 10 points, both from kills. 

Lorrayna Da Silva, top scorer of Brazil: “We are really happy with the victory. To recover from dropping the first set, we used all our force and teams’ strength, which characterizes us and without it we can’t get anywhere. In the final match we will give all we have to finish on top”.

Wagner Luiz Coppini, head coach of Brazil: “Our team’s anxiety was to blame for losing the first set, naturally we began committing errors, anticipating ourselves in key balls; Argentina is a great team that pressed a lot. I calmed down the team for them to stabilize, with that they controlled the attack and mostly blocking”.