Brazil Earns Gold with Win over Argentina



RENO, USA (Aug. 17, 2015) – Brazil lost its first set of the tournament, but came away with the victory and gold medal at the Pan American Cup on Monday at the Reno Events Center.


Brazil defeated Argentina, 22-25, 35-33, 25-17, 25-21 to finish the tournament 5-0 and 15-1 in sets. Brazil got a measure of revenge for its loss to Argentina at the Pan American Games. Argentina finished 4-1. Brazil opposite Alan Souza was named the tournament MVP.


Argentina’s first-set win was Brazil’s first set loss of the tournament. Argentina held a 23-21 lead in the second set before Brazil used a 3-0 run to reach set point. Argentina’s Federicio Martina fought it off with a spike and the battle began. Before the set was over, each team held set point five times. At 33-33, Brazil’s Leandro Santos scored on an attack and Argentina knocked its next attack out of bounds.


The loss seemed to deflate Argentina and it never posed a threat in the next two sets.


Argentina led in attacks (62-61) while Brazil dominated the blocking (13-4). Each team had one ace. Brazil’s hitting efficiency was .354 and Argentina’s .251. Brazil scored 32 points on Argentina’s errors while committing 29.


Souza led the scoring with 24 points on a match-high 17 spikes and a match-high seven blocks. Outside hitter Carlos Barreto added 15 points on 13 attacks, one block and one ace.


Middle blocker Facundo Imhoff paced Argentina with 17 points on 14 spikes, two blocks and one ace. Middle blocker Pablo Guzman followed up with 14 points on 12 spikes and two blocks.


Argentina captain Demian Gonzalez
"It leaves a bad taste in our mouth. We wanted to win the event. We knew Brazil was the toughest team. We started off well, the second set we should've won and that made the difference. Third and fourth sets they sped away. We're very happy that we played well but you always want to win."


Brazil head coach Roberley Leonaldo

"Today we did a good job blocking. It helped us to control the great attack of Argentina. Our reception was good the whole match and all of our guys contributed in the attack. It was a good match."


Brazil captain Thiago Veloso
"I think it's always hard to play against Argentina. They dig a lot and don't make mistakes. It was a very good test for us. We are very happy and we did a great job here."