Brazil wins terrific duel with USA



TORONTO, Canada, July 20, 2015 – Brazil finished with the upper hand in a terrific five-set duel with the United States to decide Pool B first place at the women’s volleyball tournament of the Pan American Games winning 3-2 (22-25, 25-21, 18-25, 25-22, 15-11) at Toronto Exhibition Center on Monday night.


The victory earned the defending champions Brazilians a 3-0 win-loss record and a direct ticket to the semifinals while the USA team had to settle for a berth in the quarterfinals with a 2-1 mark.


It was the second five-set victory in three outings for the Brazilians who had edged Puerto Rico going up to the limit in opening day.


Brazil outscored USA in blocks 19-14 and in aces 5-0, while the defeated side held the advantage in attacks 69-50 but allowed 31 points via unforced errors, ten more than the winners.


Adenizia Silva and Fernanda Rodrigues finished with 19 and 17 points, respectively, as Brazilian top scorers, while Joyce Silva and Rosa Montibeller contributed 10 and 9 in the win.


Krista Vansant led five USA players with double digits in the scores with 20 points. Kristin Hildebrand and Nicole Fawcett had 16 and 15 points, respectively, while Michele Bartsch and Rachael Adams finished with 11 and 10 points.


Ze Roberto, Coach of Brazil: “It was a very well balanced match. USA show a big game based in their speed. They were so fast, so we had to move on to mount a better block and defense. We did not play with Jaque, because she had a light pulled muscle, so we decided to give her some rest. This is the kind of matches these girls need to play to mature and through adversity and to grow up technically and tactically. We have to go step by step and our next goal is the semifinal.”


Fernanda Garay, Player of Brazil: “There were some ups and downs during the match. We must think in working harder. This is a group composed of very young and talented girls who look for an opportunity and want to contribute with the team. I’m glad for it.”


Mariana Costa, Player of Brazil: “The first set was too tense. We had no concentration, so we had to focus to improve and do what we had to do in terms on pass and defense, so things went easier for us.”


Daniel Fisher, Coach of USA: “They (Brazil) started to play better defense. They were a stronger team at the net had more blocks than us. They did a better job in serving and passing. We have to study and look to some video and decide later what we have to adjust and improve. Congratulations right now to Brazil for playing a great match”.


Cassidy Litchman, Player of USA: “I think we are both strong teams. We had some ups and downs today. They got on top in the end. I think we can be more consistent and we had a few balls we hesitated on. I think that the  pass and serve game is the way you can win  the set.  And at some point of this tournament hopefully will get on top the next time”.


Kristin Lynn Hildebrand, Captain of USA: “I’ve had the chance to play in Brazil with a bunch of players like them. I know Angelica and some other. It’s been great to see them and play here. It was a big battle against them and we knew it was going to be hard”.