Brazil, Chile, Cuba and Mexico to Men’s Semis

CALI, Colombia, December 2, 2021 - The third day of beach volleyball battles at the Cali 2021 Pan American Games was blessed with the sun that warmed up the 14 matches of the round of 16 and quarter-finals. The crossed matches of the men's semifinals were defined: Brazil vs Chile and Cuba vs Mexico. In addition, Brazil guaranteed South America's quota for the Santiago 2023 Games.


In the first hour, the men's teams from Chile (Aravena / Droguett), Ecuador (León / Jurado), Colombia (Noriega / Yeferson) and Brazil (Renato / Rafael) won their matches and celebrated winning places in the quarterfinals . Colombia and Brazil needed three sets to beat Costa Rica (14/21, 22/20, 15/9) and Nicaragua (19/21, 21/13, 15/12) to the delight of the fans that were on the Panamerican Courts of Cali.


In ladies, the duos from Guatemala (Alvarado / Quiñonez), Canada (Tresham / Glagau), Peru (Allcca / Gaona) and Paraguay (Janina / Laura) went to the next phase. The most prominent matches in the fight for a place in the quarterfinals were between Guatemala and Argentina, Cuba and Paraguay. The South Americans Najul / Brito fell on 21/17, 19/21, with the tie break 21/19. But the Paraguayans won (21/23, 21/19 and 21/19) an exciting match that also had a long third set.


The afternoon round defined the semifinalists of the men's tournament. On court 2, matches were played from 13 to 16 place.


In the first game for the place in the semifinals, a South American encounter featuring the pairs of Chile (Aravena / Droguett) and Paraguay (Riveros / Giuliano). The Chileans won 2-0 (21/15, 21/18). Immediately afterwards, the Cubans Diaz / Reyes beat the Ecuadorians Leon / Jurado 21/16, 22/20 and took the second place in the semis.


In another South American classic, Brazil, with the Renato / Rafael twins, it took three sets to continue to the semifinal. The Brazilians beat Capogrosso / Amieva, from Argentina, 11/21, 20/22, 17/15.


The last game of definition for the semis was between Colombia (Noriega / Yerferson) and Mexico (Sarabia / Stephens). Mexico closed the victory on 21/17, 21/14 and will compete with Cuba for the Santiago 2023 Games.