United States takes seventh place at Men’s Pan American Cup
CORDOBA, México, September 1, 2018. - United States prevailed
over Chile 3-1 (26-24, 25-18, 27-29, 25-22) and took seventh
place at the XIII Men’s Pan American Cup at Arena Cordoba in
United States overcame Chile in a neck to neck battle with
force, finishing with an overall 3-2 win-loss record. The
Chilean performance turned on a notch with spectacular defense
and after the US lost match-point in set three.
The US led 59-54 in attacking and scored on 30 Chilean errors.
Chile held slim advantage in the other two categories with 12-11
in blocks and 4-3 in aces, while scoring on 23 US errors.
Setter James Shaw of United States once again led all scorers
with 21 points. Also contributing in the US victory was middle
blocker Matthew Pollock and wing spiker David Wieczorek with 16
points each. Wing spiker Vicente Parraguirre led Chile with 20
points, joined by opposite Tomas Parraguirre with 17 points and
middle blocker Simon Guerra con 13 points.
Jonah Seif captain of United States said “we had a good plan as
a team and we executed well, it’s a good win and our guys are
always trying to get better; every time they play and practice
they’re just trying to improve”.
Head coach David Hunt said Chile was a worthy opponent “they
played well the whole tournament and they were in a tough pool,
we were lucky to win. We were just trying to get better with
every match and I feel we did that, culminating with our best
Head coach of Chile, Argentinean Daniel Nejamkin said “we played
a good first set, the USA had two important points scoring on
our position four and it took us a set to recover our game
level. I believe we had three good sets against the USA that
performed with consistency”.