Chile seventh place at Junior Pan Am Games

CALI, Colombia, November 29, 2021. - Chile defeated Guatemala in straight sets 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-16) for seventh place in the men’s volleyball tournament at the I Junior Pan American Games Cali-Valle 2021.


Chile concluded the event with 1-3 win-loss record and Guatemala with 0-4 for seventh and eighth positions respectively.


Chile needed two set points before closing the first set, pressured by an enthusiastic and energetic Guatemalan squad.


Chile held a 45-33 margin in attacks and 4-0 in serves, while Guatemala led by a slim 7-6 margin in blocks.


Three players led Chile’s scorers, outside hitters Vicente Ibarra and Rafael Fuentes with 11 points each, and opposite hitter Yordan Araya with 10 points. Opposite hitter José Rodrigo Carrillo scored 12 points for Guatemala.


Vicente Mardones, captain of Chile: “We didn't want to play for this position, we’re leaving with a victory but not satisfied, we were eager for a lot more. It was a good experience, a nice tournament and we learned a lot for our future; we must work more”.


Daniel Nejamkin, head coach of Chile: “Today we had a good match, with good performances from Mardones, Ibarra and Yordan, also Lucas Lavin, a libero who secured a place in Chile’s senior team. My conclusion of the tournament, we played badly against Mexico, well against Brazil and yesterday we handed out the match to Dominican Republic after playing well”.


Daniel Ralon, setter of Guatemala: “In the first set against Chile we had more energy, in good physical condition. We are a very young team, only one player is U23 and this tournament was to gain experience. We would have wanted to give a better performance but we did well”.


Reider Lucas, head coach of Guatemala: “We had possibilities of winning several sets, but in general it was a hard tournament for us. This competition gave us a lot of experience, it had quality and a good level, but we gave a good impression. We must continue working to improve and it was a positive experience, the team faced professional players”.