September 29, Langley, BC – Brazil officially qualified for the Men’s U23 Pan Am Cup gold medal match after defeating Mexico 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-13).
For Brazil, Joao Ferreira finished with 13 points and Carlos Eduardo Barreto had 12, while Kock Eder Levi registered five blocks. For Mexico, Mauricio Lopez was the best scorer with 11 points.
“It was a difficult match,” said Mexican captain Mauricio López. “But we can rescue some things like the fact of facing older and stronger teams and especially one with a great level like Brazil. I am sure this will give us a great a parameter in how we have to work for the World Championships.”
Brazilian captain Thiago Veloso said: “We played a good match tonight. We had a good serve. Despite Mexico being a younger team I am sure they have a lot further to go in their world championship.”
Leonardo Carvalho, coach of Brazil, said: “This match gave us a good opportunity to use some of our reserve and those who didn’t have enough chances to play before. Mexico was the youngest team of the tournament, but played with initiative and also had a good serve and made very few mistakes on the attack.”
For Mexico coach Oscar Licea, while his team didn’t win a match throughout the tournament, it was an event that helped him and his team to focus on the next steps en route to the U19 World Championship.
“Brazil was a good example of a strong team, and this tournament helped us to work for the next nine months and also to prepare our roster for the next tournament,” Licea remarked.
Brazil, who finished the round robin with a 4-0 record, will play either Canada or Argentina for the gold medal Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre.
Mexico finished the tournament with a 0-4 record. Mexico won a total of two sets, both of which came in its opening game against Canada.
All matches for the event are being streamed live and are available on a pay per view basis through the following link: http://www.langleyeventscentre.com/u23volleyballcup. To buy tickets for the U-23 Pan American Volleyball Cup, go to www.langleyeventscentre.com or go to the TWU Bookstore on the Trinity Western University campus.