GATINEAU, Canada, June 28, 2015 – Brazil has clinched the U21
Men’s Pan American Cup title on Sunday after posting a
convincing win over the USA in three sets (25-22, 25-23, 25-17)
at the Centre Sportif de Gatineau.
Both teams, already qualified for the World Championships this
September in Mexico, played a rematch of the preliminary duel
earlier in the tournament. Brazil had won 3-1.
Showing a consistent level in the first set, Brazil took the
lead from the start and kept a narrow margin 16-13 at the second
technical timeout. Despite the US pressure, the South American
squad went on to take the first set 25-22.
In the second set, the Brazilians continued to show a solid game
from the start, building a 16-10 lead at the second technical
timeout. Despite a late reaction from the Americans, Brazil kept
their composure to win 25-23.
The match stayed very even in the third set, with Brazil leading
16-14. Rodrigo Leao, Lucas Madaloz and Gabriel Kavalkievicz kept
the pressure from the serve and the attack. The USA could not
respond and Brazil cruised to a 25-17 victory to claim the
Lucas Madaloz, selected the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the
tournament, and Gabriel Kavalkievicz led the Brazilian attack
with 13 points each, followed by Nicolas Santos (10) and Rodrigo
Leao (9). Brenden Sander was again the leading scorer for the
USA with 11 points.
Fernando Kreling, captain of Brazil: "We had a great tournament.
In the 5 matches we had here, we increased our team spirit. In
the final, we executed what we planned. We kept our focus and
our level of play from start to finish. We have and will have
several friendly matches in preparation for the World
Championships. But winning an international tournament gives us
extra motivation. We will continue our preparation o arrive in
top shape for the World Championships.”
John Hatch, captain of the United States: "We were excited
coming to the final, but we could not score key points when we
needed to. We are happy how we played throughout the tournament.
Hopefully we will do some work this summer and be ready for the
Dan Friend, the head coach of the USA: “Brazil was exceptional.
They played even better than when we played them the other
They were really good in first ball contact and in the serve
they kept the pressure on us. We looked a little tired. Against
Canada yesterday, we played an emotional game after losing last
year. We were close in the first two sets, but just couldn't
find a way to break through. You credit to Brazil for keeping
the pressure on us. I am really proud of my guys. They have
really grown over the past 18 days and I think we put ourselves
in a good place going into the World Championships. The guys
will have some down time and we will bring them back a little
before the Worlds. That's how we work.”
All three medalists –Canada cinched bronze- will play the World
Championships in Mexico later in September.