Cuba sweeps Brazil to play for the Pan American Games Gold
LIMA, Peru, August 3, 3019. - Cuba swept Brazil 3-0 (25-16,
25-22, 25-21) on Saturday’s first semifinal to play for the Lima
2019 Pan American Games Gold medal at the Multisport Complex El
Callao of Lima, Peru.
Cuba advances to their tenth Pan American Games Gold medal
match, winning on five occasions; the last time they reached the
final match was in 2011 at the Guadalajara Games where they lost
to Brazil. Cuba waits for the winner of the other semifinal
between defending champion Argentina and Chile.
Cuba’s dominant display over the net slowed down Brazil from
start to finish with advantage in attacks 39-37 and in blocks
7-3. Brazil controlled the serving category by a 6-1 margin.
Cuba scored on 29 Brazil errors while limiting theirs to 12.
Cuba’s scoring attack was led by Osniel Mergarejo with 17 points
all on kills; Miguel Angel Lopez registered 12 points on 9 kills
and 3 aces, while Marlon Yang scored 11 points on 9 kills and 2
aces. Carlos Eduardo Barreto (Kadu) with 12 point all on kills
was Brazil’s only player with double-figures.
Osniel Mergarejo, top scorer of Cuba: “We played well against
Brazil, at our best game-level, we were convinced that we could
win the semifinal match and that’s what we did. Brazil is a
great opponent; it was hard coming on top. We will be mentally
prepared for tomorrow, we hope to have around our neck the gold
Nicolás Vives, Head coach of Cuba: “Brazil knows how to play,
they are a difficult adversary. Last night we studied them,
today in the morning we practiced very well and my guys’
executions was solid. For the final, no matter which we face
Chile or Argentina, we will go out to win”.
Marcelo Fronckowiak, Head coach of Brazil: “We played against
Cuba’s number one team, our team is made of young players; our
first team is at the Olympic qualifier, we brought a team in
development, but we didn’t perform well. Cuba was superior, they
pressed from the first set, they were better attacking and we
couldn’t react; at least in the third set we improved and put up
a fight because Cuba’s intensity scared us. Cuba played better
than us, but our performance was lower than it usually is”.
Eder Carbonera, captain of Brazil: “I didn’t think we were going
to play at a lower level and have so many difficulties. Despite
our opponents’ strength in attack, we failed in many decisions
and we changed our style, in the second and third sets we
improved but it was too late. We were doing well in the
tournament, of course we were aiming to reach the final but we
can’t lower our heads because we must fight for the bronze”.