Chile improves 2-0 defeating USA at Men’s Pan Am Cup
COLIMA, Mexico, June 17, 2019. - Chile improved 2-0 defeating
United States 3-1 (25-22, 19-25, 25-22, 25-19) on day two at the
fourteenth edition of the Men’s Pan American Cup being held at
the Multifunctional Auditorium of Colima, Mexico.
Chile and United States engaged in a strong battle with long
rallies, won by the South Americans with a faster and more
tactical performance, working around the US blockers. Chile
stands with 2-0 and the United States drops to 1-1 in pool C.
Despite leading 51-45 in attacks, the US lost to Chile’s huge
12-4 margin in blocks. Both teams finished with 6 points on
aces; Chile committed fewer errors (27-31).
Chilean Vicente Parraguirre capitalized on 25 points as the
game’s leading scorer, with 21 kills and 3 blocks. Also
contributing in Chile’s winning campaign, outside hitter Dusan
Bonacic with 13 points and middle blocker Simon Guerra with 10
points. Outside hitter Colton Cowell led United States with 17
points on 16 kills and one ace; opposite James Shaw added 14
points all on kills.
Chile (2-0) finishes pool-play facing Guatemala (0-2) and United
States (1-1) plays Dominican Republic (1-1).
Vicente Parraguirre, leading scorer of the match: “We are very
happy, we’ve been working very hard for a long time, expecting a
result like this one. We began with everything we have, showing
our high level and they underestimated us, and they didn’t know
what happened after we won the first set”.
Colton Cowell, USA top scorer: “We took certain steps in the
right direction but there are definitely areas that we need to
work on. Chile did a very good job playing in a different
rhythm; they were changing off the tempo in the offense, it was
very fast and difficult for us to be set and get confidence in
our blocking. For tomorrow we’ll have more energy, passion and
put more smiles on or faces, working hard”.
Daniel Nejamkin, coachChile: “It was an excellent game for
Chile, only in the best of cases we would have thought of
winning today; Chile made history. We played well in blocking
and attacking as well. Vicente Parraguirre was outstanding, a
player that yesterday had a bad performance, and today he had
the chance for a re-match”.
Milan Zarkovic, coach United States: “We lacked precision, Chile
was more precise. We tried different formations but we weren’t
able to respond. We gave away a lot of points in transitions;
we’ll turn the page because tomorrow is a very important match”.