Argentina defeats Suriname in first Pan Am Cup victory


COLIMA, Mexico, June 17, 2019. - Defending champion Argentina defeated Suriname 3-0 (25-10, 25-19, 25-12) in their first victory at the fourteenth Men’s Pan American Cup being held at the Multifunctional Auditorium in Colima, Mexico.


Argentina improved their win-loss record 1-1 in pool A, containing Suriname’s lead in set two (17-14).


Argentineans finished with 39-20 advantage in attacks and 5-2 in service points. Suriname led in blocks 5-3 and drops to 0-2 record. Argentina benefited from 28 opponent errors while limiting to 14 their own.


Argentinean Luciano Palonsky led the attackers with 16 points on 14 kills and 2 aces, accompanied by Lisandro Zanotti with 11 points on 9 kills and 2 aces as well. Keven Sporkslede led Suriname with 10 points.


Pool A resumes on day three of competition with Argentina (1-1) facing Canada (1-0) and Suriname (0-2) against Cuba (1-0).




Luciano Palonsky, leading scorer Argentina: “We are a strong team, we’re here to be champions so we needed to win today after yesterday’s loss. In some part of the match Suriname performed well but we came on top dominating every aspect of the game”.


Fabian Muraco, coach Argentina: “The team and the predisposition were different from yesterday. When you come to an event like this one, you must perform well always, no matter who the opponent is; some are more demanding than others. We came out to win and we hope to win tomorrow against Canada”.


Keven Sporkslede, captain Surinam: “It was exciting to be leading, we started playing good and reaching another level; we can perform well. We didn’t execute everything, making a lot of errors that basically decided the game”.