Brazil to play for the I Junior Pan American Games Gold medal

CALI, Colombia, November 29, 2021.- Brazil will play for the gold medal of the men’s volleyball tournament at the I Junior Pan American Games Cali-Valle 2021 after winning their semifinal match to host Colombia 3-0 (25-15, 28-26, 25-15) at Evangelista Mora Coliseum.

Brazil progressed to the title match with a solid performance and recovering from a five-point deficit (6-11) in the second set while controlling Colombia’s dominant attacks with their masterful blocking, but still Brazil needing three set points.

Brazil held a 40-31 advantage in kills, a sizeable 13-6 margin in blocks and 3-2 in serves. Brazil committed fewer errors than Colombia (18-22).

Outside hitter and captain Joao Cordeiro was Brazil’s best scorer with 17 points on 16 kills and one ace, followed by middle blocker Pietro Pereira who contributed with 11 points including 8 impressive blocks, the most in the event so far. On Colombia’s side, outside hitter Carlos Llanos topped with 12 points on 10 kills and 2 blocks.

Joao Cordeiro, captain of Brazil: “Colombia played a great second set, there was a lot of pressure from the Colombian fans, but we held on and turned the score around. I think Brazil’s best skill in this tournament is blocking. Tomorrow will be a great match and we are going for gold”.

Jorge Mesa, captain of Colombia: “Brazil has a lot of experience, which was the big difference. For now they are above us, but on occasions we were at their level. Tomorrow we hope the house will bring respect and win a medal”.

Arnaldo Lorenzo Sevilla, head coach of Colombia: “We lost the second set because of our lack of concentration and anxiety of having Brazil down. The boys did a great job and I am happy with what they achieved today. Now we think about the bronze medal, we will fight for it with everything we have; we will rest the players after three intense matches”.