Brazil wins dramatic semifinal to Puerto Rico at Pan Am Cup
CORDOBA, Mexico, September 1, 2018. - Brazil reached the title
match of the thirteenth Men’s Pan American Cup after a dramatic
victory over Puerto Rico 3-1 (25-27, 25-14, 25-20, 33-31) at the
Arena Cordoba in Cordoba, Mexico.
Brazil will face Argentina in the gold medal match, a re-match
of the 2015 edition in Reno, Nevada, where Brazil won their
third title. Brazil has reached the title match in 2011, 2013
and 2015, winning in all three occasions.
In the semifinal match, Brazil closed in dramatic four sets,
after missing four serves in a row in a nail biting finish.
Puerto Rico’s undying will pressured Brazil’s offense but came
off short to extend the actions to a tie-break.
Brazil led with a huge 16-5 margin in blocks and 58-48 in
spikes, and took advantage of 37 Puerto Rico errors while
committing 37. Puerto Rico led in aces 2-1.
Opposite Alan Souza impressed with a match-high of 26 points on
22 kills, 3 blocks and one ace match-point. Middle blocker
Flavio Gualberto scored 16 points including 7 monster blocks and
wing spiker Leonardo Nascimento added 12 points. Puerto Rico’s
top scorer was wing spiker Eddie Rivera with 14 points, joined
by opposite Maurice Torres with 10 points and middle blocker
Jessie Colon with 9 points.
The leading scorer Alan Souza said “this victory is very
important, it was a very difficult match and very tight; in the
last set Puerto Rico’s serves really turned us upside down but
we kept calm and we are very pleased to reach the final match”.
Head coach of Brazil Giovane Farinazzo thanked the fans and said
“first I want to congratulate Puerto Rico for fighting every
single point up to the end, they performed really well. I also
congratulate my team because they stood up to the pressure and
in the end we won. Now we will face a very tough opponent,
Argentina, they are performing very well and we hope for a great