Brazil wins pool B and Peru is second

CALI, Colombia, December 3, 2021. - Brazil defeated Dominican Republic 3-1 (25-17, 24-26, 25-22, 25-9) winning pool B and Peru finishes second in the women’s volleyball tournament at the I Junior Pan American Games Cali-Valle 2021.


Brazil finished the preliminary round with 3-0 record, while Peru and Dominican Republic closed with 1-2 record but Peru moved forward with 9 points against 6 of the Caribbean team.


Brazil lost four set points (24.20) to lose the second set, the most dynamic set of all. Despite Dominican Republic’s effort, Brazil bounced back stronger for a dominant finish.


The South Americans led 51-46 in attacks, 9-8 in blocks and 8-1 points from serves, limiting their errors to 19 and scoring on 31 unforced errors from Dominican Republic.


Outside hitter Milena Miranda was Brazil’s best scorer with 17 points on 14 kills and 3 aces, accompanied by middle blocker Diana Duarte with 15 points, outside hitter Mayara Barcelos and opposite hitter Lorrayna Da Silva registered 14 and 12 points respectively.


Outside hitter Madeline Guillen of Dominican Republic scored a match-high of 26 points; outside hitter Flormarie Heredia chipped in with 13 points.


Milena Miranda, top scorer of Brazil: “The difficulty in the second set was our consecutive errors, we were too anxious to close the set fast. We’ve had several difficulties facing the stronger teams here. Our approach, our determination made the difference. Our teams’ chemistry, our energy and dedication improve with each match because we are determined to take the gold home”.


Wagner Luiz Coppini, head coach of Brazil: “We lost a set because of our errors; you can give an adversary a truce, it was five errors in a row because of our lack of concentration. Dominicans had good attacks and blocks; we played as planned, in our strategy set for the game and things turned out well”.