Five-set win puts Mexico in the title match of the Junior Pan Am Games

CALI, Colombia, November 29, 2021.- Mexico moved into the title match beating Argentina in a five-set thrilling semifinal 3-2 (25-21, 24-26, 25-22, 23-25, 15-13) at the men’s volleyball tournament of the I Junior Pan American Games at the Evangelista Mora Coliseum.


The roller coaster semifinal had both teams involved offensively and defensively where the scores were tied on numerous occasions where Mexico won to face Brazil in the gold medal match. Argentina will play against Colombia in the bronze medal Match.


Mexico came out on top with a huge 16-6 advantage in blocking. Argentina held a 51-48 margin in attacks while both teams scored three points from serves. Mexico committed 47 unforced errors against 45 from Argentina.


Opposite hitter and captain Diego González of Mexico led all scorers with 23 points from 20 kills, 2 blocks and one ace; middle blocker Victor Parra contributed with 10 points. Opposite hitter Bautista Gazaba led Argentina with 18 points, followed by outside hitter and captain Mauro Zelayeta with 17 points and middle blocker Imanol Salazar with 10 points.


Diego González, captain of Mexico: “We were expecting a long match and we were prepared for it. We were able to move forward with adrenaline and using bench players. The tournament isn’t over yet, tomorrow we have an important match against Brazil, we’ve both studied each other well, we know our pros and cons, they are a strong team”.


Mauro Zelayeta, captain of Argentina: “We aren’t happy, we know we gave all we have on the court, we had several unforced errors in serves, in counterattack and receiving. Mexico prevailed with a couple of counterattacks and they also played at a high level. Tomorrow we still have a match for a medal”.


Jorge Azair, head coach of México: “Today the boys took an important step towards great things. Our subs did an important job, they made the difference and technically we failed more serves then we normally do. They have confidence; they know they can face any team in the world. The team is physically in great shape and we expect a tough match tomorrow”.