Argentina set to defend Pan Am Games title against Cuba
LIMA, Peru, August 3, 2019.- Argentina won their semifinal
match to Chile 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 28-26, 25-17) and is set to
defend their Pan American Games title against Cuba on Sunday at
the Multisport Complex El Callao in Lima, Peru.
Argentina has reached the Pan American Games title match on
other two occasions, winning them both (1995, 2015), aiming to
win twice in a row after battling strong against a resilient
Chile will meet Brazil in their first ever Pan American Games
Over four thousand spectators witnessed Argentina’s semifinal
victory, overcoming Chile with 65-57 advantage in kills, 3-1
margin in aces and finished with fewer errors (23-30). Chile
outblocked Argentina 8-3.
Argentina’s top hitter and the only one with double-figures was
captain Nicolas Bruno who scored 16 points all on kills. Chilean
outside hitter Vicente Parraguirre scored a match-high of 20
points all on kills; middle blocker Gabriel Araya contributed
with 14 points including four blocks, while opposite player
Tomas Parraguirre and captain Dusan Bonasic registered 12 points
Horacio Dileo, Head coach of Argentina: “It was a really
difficult match; I congratulate Chile for their fantastic job,
they have improved a lot during the past years with Daniel
Nejamkin. We got a little confused, we were able to solve out
things improving our attitude when things weren’t going our way,
and we were able to clear our minds to finish winning”.
Nicolás Bruno, captain of Argentina: “It was very hard, they
complicated things for us, we weren’t able to do our kind of
game with effective kills. Chile played very well, with little
errors, they pounded hard with their counterattack and taking us
to their territory. We were strong headed going a point at a
time mostly in sets one and three”.
Daniel Nejamkin, Head coach of Chile: “We played three sets at
great level; I believe if we could have been more convinced we
would have won the third set and maybe change the course of the
game. We lost our head in the fourth set”.