CALI, Colombia, November 28, 2021. - Brazil
topped pool B winning a five-set thriller to
Mexico 3-2 (19-25, 25-15, 25-23, 23-25, 15-7) in
the men’s volleyball tournament of the I Junior
Pan American Games on Sunday at Evangelista Mora
After a rough start Brazil needed five sets to
subdue Mexican attackers and finish the
preliminary round unbeaten. Both teams advance
to the semifinal round of the tournament.
Brazil’s blocking made the difference, finishing
with a huge 16-7 margin and benefiting from 43
Mexican unforced errors. Mexico led 56-43 in
attacks and 7-5 in serves, scoring on 25
Outside hitter Adriano Fernandes was Brazil’s
top scorer with 17 points, joined by opposite
hitter Guilherme Sabino with 12 points, outside
hitter Joao Cordeiro and middle blocker Pietro
Pereira scored 10 points apiece.
Three Mexican players scored double-figures, led
by outside hitter Josué López with 18 points,
opposite hitter Diego González also scored 18
points and middle blocker Axel Tellez
contributed with 13 points.
Joao Cordeiro, captain of Brazil: “It
was a great match, very important for our team
and we are really excited for the result, I
believe we are in route to reach the final.
Mexico’s serves were really strong and we had
difficulties in receiving in the first and third
sets; we won with our strength”.
Renan Dal Zotto, head coach of Brazil: “It
was a high-leveled match, maybe with ups and
downs because of the pressure, but it’s
important for our young players to have this
experience for them to develop as players. No
matter who is our opponent in the semifinal, we
expect a hard game because at this age it’s
difficult to manage the emotions, but they also
learn how to control the match”.
Jorge Azair, head coach of Mexico: “This
is a learning experience, to have patience with
this age-group. The team fell into anxiety and
the opponent scored on our errors. The good
thing was that we showed we are at the level of
teams like them and now we must have emotional
stability. Now we forget pool-play and the
important match is tomorrow, the next matches
will be to death”.